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What is Menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia is one of several debilitating "menstrual disorders" facing as many as 20% of all menstruating women. Menorrhagia is the medical term for women (and young girls first starting their menstrual cycles) that suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding.

Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as having a period that lasts 7 or more days each menstrual cycle (period) or is so heavy that you saturate your menstrual pad and/or tampon and need to change your feminine hygiene product(s) every one to two hours.  

It is very important to inform your doctor if you have heavy menstrual bleeding or have any concerns about excessive bleeding during your period!

Women that are suffering from menorrhagia may experience; anemia, fatigue,  embarrassing menstrual accidents, and feel that you have to restrict your life and social activities to such an extent that you "miss out on life."  Many women prefer to stay close to home so as to avoid embarrassment due to their need to go to the restroom so often so that they can change their feminine hygiene products before they become too saturated and cause even more embarrassment.

 


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How much blood is there during a "normal" monthly menstrual period?

The average loss of menstrual blood and fluid during a normal monthly period varies from one woman to the next and from one day to the next.  However, a "normal" amount of blood loss during one monthly menstrual period can be anywhere from 6 tablespoons to 9 tablespoons.  However, the "average" that most doctors would agree on is from 4 tablespoons to 6 tablespoons.


How many women have Menorrhagia?

Approximately 1 in 5 menstruating women have Menorrhagia.

What causes Menorrhagia?

There are a number of medical conditions that may cause (or contribute) to menorrhagia. It's also possible to experience menorrhagia without any known cause, reason or medical condition. 

Here are a few causes of menorrhagia.


What are the symptoms or indications I may have menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia symptoms may include:

Remember, your body has about 5 pints of blood and continuously replenishes its blood supply, but heavy menstrual bleeding should always be a cause for seeing your doctor!


Are there any treatments or therapies for menorrhagia?

Yes, there's hope and help for women with menorrhagia! Here are a few of the options and therapies you will want to discuss with your doctor. 

First off, as many as 50% of women with menorrhagia may see a reduction in heavy menstrual bleeding by taking a Vitamin K supplement, as many women with a vitamin K deficiency have menorrhagia.  You will want to discuss this first with your doctor before taking any supplements. 

Hormone therapy - also known as "both control pills," and/or other medications may be prescribed to treat hormone imbalance. Hormone therapy is effective about 50% of the time, and may be required for a long period of time.

Hysterectomy -  removal of the uterus will end menorrhagia.

 

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