Menorrhagia is an abnormally heavy or prolonged menstrual period, at regular intervals.
A normal menstrual cycle comes every 21-35 days, with bleeding on average for 5 days, with a total blood loss 25-80 ml. It is possible to estimate the amount of bleeding by the number of pads a women uses during her period. A regular tampon fully soaked will hold about 5 ml of blood.
Aside from the social distress of dealing with a prolonged and heavy period, over a period of time the blood will result in depleting iron stores and anaemia.
If you're experiencing abnormalities in quantity of bleeding, passage of clots, excessive pain and/or severe anaemia.
Menorrhagia is never normal, even if it's occurring at an older age when periods should be halting (menopause).
Menorrhagia is easily treatable and should not be ignored.
- Iron supplements
- Hormone tablets (estrogen, progesterone)
- Hormone containing intrauterine device (Mirena)
The doctor, on understanding your problem, will prescribe what is best suited for your condition.
These can vary from a simple D&C to endometrial ablation or even a hysterectomy. Newer, minimally invasive treatments which do not involve prolonged hospital stay or periods of rest, are available.