According to the Mayo Clinic, menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods with abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding.
Women with menorrhagia are unable to continue their normal activities when they are menstruating or have their “period”. When their period arrives, it is accompanied by abnormally heavy bleeding, clotting and cramping.
Some common signs and symptoms of menorrhagia are:
- Saturated sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several hours
- Bleeding for longer than a week
- Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
- Presenting with signs of anemia, lethargy, fatigue or shortness of breath
Menorrhagia can be caused by a hormone imbalance, dysfunctional ovaries, uterine fibroids, polyps, adenomyosis, and/or cancer.
Although heavy menstrual bleeding is a common concern, most women don’t experience enough blood loss to be defined as menorrhagia.
If you are experiencing heavier than normal periods and would like to make an appointment at Flushing Hospital‘s Women’s Health Center please call 718-670-5486 to schedule an appointment.
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