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Heavy Periods (Menorrhagia):Symptoms and Causes

Menorrhagia is a medical term referring to heavy flow or prolonged bleeding during your period. Having heavy bleeding can affect your daily routine, giving you painful cramps and interfering with your physical, emotional and material quality of life. If you experience heavy bleeding during your period to such an extent that you are unable to carry out daily chores, then this article is for you.

Let’s mull over the symptoms and causes of this condition.


Symptoms of anaemia You may experience symptoms of anaemia if there is excessive and prolonged bleeding. Symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue and shortness of breath can be experienced.

7 days have passed?

So, it’s been more than 7 days and your flow is still not leaving you? This may be another symptom of Menorrhagia. Watch out.

Double trouble

Do you use double sanitary napkins to control your menstrual flow? This may be another sign of heavy Periods. Heavy bleeding is a common symptom of Menorrhagia, so if you experience heavier menstrual flow than your pals, then it’s time to consult a gynaecologist.

Blood clots If you are passing blood clots larger than a quarter, then it’s highly possible that Menorrhagia has preyed on you already.

It is important to understand that Menorrhagia is not a deadly condition. The problem can be detected easily and your condition can be eased down, so it’s advisable that after experiencing these symptoms one must visit a gynaecologist as soon as possible.

Some symptoms may indicate that there is a severe underlying condition that needs to be investigated. Let’s have a look at some of the causes of Menorrhagia.


Dysfunctional Ovaries

This may sound scary, but it can be treated with a proper treatment. If your ovaries are unable to release an egg during your menstrual cycle, then your body doesn’t produce the hormone progesterone, which leads to hormonal imbalance and thus Menorrhagia.

Hormonal imbalance

There should be a balance between hormones, oestrogen and progesterone as it controls the growth of the lining of the uterus. However, if there is an imbalance between these hormones, then the lining of the uterus develops in excess which leads to heavy bleeding.


Heavy bleeding may also be caused due to compact growth on the lining of the uterus known as uterine polyps.

Some other causes of Menorrhagia are:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Cancer- Cervical cancer and uterine cancer
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Certain medications such as anticoagulants, hormonal and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Other medical conditions, including kidney or liver disease

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