Heavy Periods



Heavy periods- abdomen pain.

Heavy periods is also known as menorrhagia. It is a condition where there is an excessive loss of blood during a woman’s periods. Heavy periods is generally followed by abdominal pain. Heavy periods do not necessarily mean trouble but this condition can affect a woman both physically and mentally.

There are many reasons which can cause heavy periods such as a hormonal imbalance or fibroids. There are drug treatments and other measures which can improve the condition of heavy periods.

Heavy Periods: General Guide and Treatment

Source: Doctors’ Circle

Symptoms


Heavy periods- Blood-spatter
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Normal menstrual bleeding is approximately 80 ml.  If a woman bleeds more than the normal levels consecutively for 3-4 menstrual cycles, then she may be suffering from heavy periods. The symptoms of heavy periods include the following:

  1. Changing pads every two hours.
  2. Using pads and tampons together.
  3. Continuing to bleed even after the menstrual cycle has finished.
  4. The bleeding continuing for more than 7 days.
  5. Excessive flow of blood clots with the bleeding.
  6. The period cycle being less than 28 days apart or more than 35 days apart.

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Causes


Heavy periods- Uterine fibroid and polyp

The possible causes of heavy periods include the following:

  1. Uterine fibroids or polyps.
  2. Intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD)
  3. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  4. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  5. Blood clotting disorders.

Treatment


Heavy periods treatment.

There are medications for heavy periods which include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral hormones. In some cases, treatment for heavy periods may not be required. In addition to possible dietary measures there are some medical treatments to reduce heavy bleeding such as:

  1. Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS).
  2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  3. Combined oral contraceptive pill.
  4. Injected progestogen.

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