What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?

Heavy menstrual bleeding, clinically known as menorrhagia, is a prolonged or abnormally heavy menstrual period. The condition is a common problem, affecting one in every five women.1

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor. You may be suffering from menorrhagia:2,3

  • Periods lasting longer than seven days

  • Soaking through one or more pads or tampons in an hour

  • Menstrual flow that includes large blood clots

  • Menstrual flow that is heavy enough to interfere with or limit:
    • Social engagements
    • Work
    • Exercise
    • Sexual activity
  • Fatigue or other anemia-like symptoms

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms consult with your doctor.


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Rosenbaum, SP., Fried, M., et al. Endometrial hydrothermablation: A comparison of short-term clinical effectiveness in patients with normal endometrial cavities and those with intracavitary pathology. Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (2005) 12, 144-149.

2 Warner, PE., Critchley, HOD, et al. Menorrhagia I: Measured blood loss, clinical features and outcome in women with heavy periods: A survey with follow-up data. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004) 190, 1216-23.

Mayo Clinic information on Menorrhagia: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menorrhagia/DS00394

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