Heavy periods or menorrhagia, are the most common type of abnormal bleeding from the uterus. Periods are considered heavy if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours. Heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean there is anything seriously wrong, but it can affect a woman physically, emotionally and socially and can cause disruption in everyday life.
HOW IS HEAVY PERIODS DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will most likely ask about medical history and menstrual cycles. The doctor will do a physical exam and may recommend one or more tests or procedures such as:
• Blood tests
• Pap test
• Endometrial biopsy
• Ultrasound scan
HOW IS HEAVY PERIODS TREATED?
Drug therapy may involve iron supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, oral contraceptives and hormonal IUD. Surgical procedures include D&C and Myomectomy. For severe cases, hysterectomy is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Heavy periods over more than 2 months requires you to check with a doctor immediately.