What are Common Menorrhagia Symptoms?

Menorrhagia is abnormally heavy/excess or prolonged menstrual bleeding during menstruation. If you have menorrhagia, your menstrual bleeding may be heavy enough to prevent you to perform your routine activities normally. Excess or heavy menstrual bleeding is commonly seen during premenopause (years preceding menopause), however, it generally do not cause severe enough bleeding to term it menorrhagia. If your menstrual bleeding is too heavy that you dread your periods, it is time for you to consult your doctor. There is nothing to worry about menorrhagia, because there are effective treatment available for this condition.

What are the signs and symptoms of menorrhagia?

The signs and symptoms of menorrhagia include,

  • Excess/heavy menstrual bleeding that cause soaking of one or more sanitary pads every hour for several hours consecutively during every (or most of the menstrual periods) menstrual period.
  • You may have to use double or extra-large size sanitary pads to control menstrual bleeding.
  • In some women, bleeding may continue for a week or more, even though bleeding is within normal limit.
  • Women suffering from menorrhagia may have to wake up at night to change sanitary pads.
  • Daily activities may have to be restricted due to heavy bleeding. Need to adjust your routine, regular activities is an important symptom of menorrhagia.
  • Blood clots may pass with menstrual bleeding for more than one day.
  • Due to regular heavy/excess loss of blood during menstrual period, you may develop anemia and resultant symptoms of anemia such as, weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath, inability to do heavy work, pale appearance etc.

You should seek medical attention if you have,

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding that soak one or more sanitary pads an hour for several consecutive hours
  • If there is any vaginal bleeding after menopause. This may be due to menorrhagia or even may be due to some cancer. Hence, consult your doctor if you notice vaginal bleeding after menopause.
  • Any bleeding in between periods or any irregular bleeding.


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