Although heavy menstrual bleeding is very common, it’s not normal, and it should be assessed by a medical professional. It may interfere with your entire life and could be an indication of a more severe health condition. If you are experiencing heavy or long menstrual periods, it is important to contact your physician at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, even if it is your first time.
Menorrhagia is a medical term that refers to abnormal menstrual periods with prolonged or heavy bleeding that lasts more than seven days.
Signs and Symptoms of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Women who have menorrhagia may have to:
Several health conditions cause menorrhagia, but sometimes the cause can’t be determined. The condition could be due to:
Besides cramping and fatigue, losing too much blood can cause iron deficiency anemia. It isn’t something you should ignore. Heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to serious health problems such as anemia and anemia-related heart problems. It’s important to discuss your heavy bleeding with your doctor so they can make sure you don’t have any severe developments.
Once diagnosed, medications are usually the first treatment prescribed for menorrhagia. These may include:
When medications fail to help manage menorrhagia, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to correct the cause of your condition.
Procedures that treat menorrhagia include:
At Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, we cover a wide range of women’s health problems, including heavy menstrual bleeding. We have highly qualified physicians who can best diagnose and treat heavy bleeding. If you are experiencing heavy periods, make an appointment online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.