The medical term for Heavy Periods is ‘Menorrhagia’ and when this happens, the woman experiences abnormal bleeding from the uterus. This condition could last up to 7 days. The main reasons for this condition are hormonal imbalance, miscarriage or fibroids. There can be other causes as well. The typical symptoms are excessive bleeding leading to frequent pad changes and passing blood clots during menstruation.
HOW IS HEAVY PERIODS DIAGNOSED?
Periods are considered heavy if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours.
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?
In severe cases, heavy menstruation can interfere with sleep and daily activities. Blood loss from heavy periods can also lead to anaemia, causing symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath.