Menorrhagia is abnormally prolonged and heavy menstrual bleeding. Normally a menstrual cycle is about 21 days to 35 days in duration and bleeding lasts for about seven days and total blood flow of 25 ml to 80 ml. If bleeding is more than 80 ml or blood flow lasts for more than 7 days can be termed as menorrhagia. Heavy menstrual bleeding is common around menopause (perimenopause), however the bleeding is not usually heavy enough to be termed as menorrhagia.
Menorrhagia is fairly common gynecological problems and affects large number of women of reproductive age (15 to 45 years of age). If menorrhagia continues it may lead to various problems such as anemia, abdominal cramp and too long blood flow that it hampers routine activities. It is therefore important to seek medical advice, if you suffer from menorrhagia (especially when you dread of menstrual period) and hopefully there is effective treatment available for your problem of excess and prolonged menstrual bleeding.
What are the symptoms of menorrhagia?
Signs and symptoms of menorrhagia include,
- Due to heavy blood loss, there is soaking of one or more sanitary pads (sanitary napkins/tampons) every hour for several consecutive hours.
- You may need double sanitary protection during menstrual bleeding
- Menstrual bleeding lasts longer than a week (although a normal period lasts approximately five days)
- You may have to wake up at night to change sanitary pads during menstrual bleeding
- Blood clots may pass for more than one day during menstrual period
- Due to excess and heavy menstrual bleeding your daily routine activities may be hampered or affected
- If menorrhagia is present for long duration, it may lead to anemia and its symptoms may become apparent such as tiredness, shortness of breathing, fatigue etc.
You should seek medical advice if you have one or more of the above mentioned symptoms of menorrhagia. You may also experience some other problems related to menorrhagia and should seek medical attention such as vaginal bleeding after menopause, bleeding between menstrual periods etc.