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Menorrhagia


Menorrhagia is the medical term for heavy or excessive menstrual bleeding. It is a common problem for women but can be a difficult health problem for premenopausal women. Menorrhagia is typically caused by either a hormonal imbalance or uterine growths. 

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Risk Factors and Symptoms


Hormones control your menstrual cycle so when something happens to cause your hormonal system to be off-balance you may experience excessive bleeding during your period or bleeding between periods. A wide variety of factors can cause hormonal imbalance including:
  • obesity
  • thyroid disease
  • diabetes
  • stress
  • excessive exercise
  • anorexia
Growths within your uterus could also be the cause of menorrhagia. There are numerous types of possible uterine growths - some are potentially cancerous but many are not. Types of uterine growths include:
  • adenomyosis
  • endometriosis
  • endometrial cancer
  • fibroids
  • hyperplasia
  • polyps
In addition to severe menstrual cycle bleeding, symptoms of menorrhagia include:
  • non-menstrual cycle bleeding
  • uterine cramping
  • pelvic pain
  • anemia (in severe cases)

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Treatment Options


There are several types of treatment plans for diagnosed cases of menorrhagia, including:
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