Menorrhagia is a gynaecological condition characterised by abnormally heavy periods or prolonged menstruation. Even though it is quite common for females to experience heavy menstrual bleeding, the majority of females do not face enough blood loss in menstruation to be classified as menorrhagia. Menorrhagic females fail to maintain their usual activities as they face extreme pain and blood loss. If you usually have extremely heavy and prolonged periods, you must consult a gynaecologist. You might be recommended to undergo certain tests, and if diagnosed with heavy menstrual bleeding, many treatment plans are available to deal with the condition.
Menstrual bleeding is said to be heavy when the quality of life is hampered. Many females facing heavy menstrual periods can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. They have witnessed family members having heavy periods without seeking care and they usually follow their example. However, periods are not supposed to restrict activities or accept inconvenience.
During your period, you should be able to:
Symptoms of Menorrhagia
Here are some signs and symptoms associated with menorrhagia:
You must look for immediate medical care and attention if you face any of the following:
While the reason for heavy menstrual bleeding is unknown in some cases, here are some causes behind this condition:
Your doctor will perform a physical and a pelvic exam to diagnose the problem. Many procedures that are non-invasive are available to help diagnose your problem. Those tests include:
You may also have other tests, depending on the severity of your symptoms and your age. Other tests may include:
A few questions about your medical history and menstrual cycles will be asked by your doctor. You must maintain notes of your menstrual flow details such as how many days it lasted, how many sanitary pads you would change in one day and how was the flow. Further, a complete physical examination will be done by your doctor, and some tests will also be recommended:
A certain diagnosis of menorrhagia can be established only after ruling out other medical conditions, menstrual disorders, or medications that are possible triggers of the condition.
Treatment of menorrhagia depends on the cause of the bleeding, its severity, your age, health, and medical history. The treatment also depends on your preferences and response to certain medications. For example, you may desire to not have periods at all or to reduce the menstrual flow. Additionally, your future pregnancy plans may affect your treatment options. You can talk about your health concerns and treatment goals with your healthcare provider.
Your doctor may prescribe certain medications to treat your heavy menstrual bleeding. These include iron supplements and some other medicines. Some procedures can also be used to treat menorrhagia. Those include:
Other procedures include:
You must talk to your doctors if you notice symptoms of anaemia or heavy menstrual bleeding, or if your bleeding has turned abnormal. Tracking your periods using an app or a calendar can help you identify if your periods are longer-lasting and heavier than usual. You must also schedule an appointment with your doctor if you experience having to use double menstrual products or are skipping activities you enjoy because of heavy menstrual bleeding. Doctors at our Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics help treat and manage menorrhagia. Consult the best gynaecologists in Indore to help treat menorrhagia at our department.