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 youre experiencing abnormalities in quantity of bleeding, passage of clots, excessive pain and/or severe anaemia.
Menorrhagia is never normal, even if its occurring at an older age when periods should be halting (menopause).
Menorrhagia is easily treatable and should not be ignored.
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.