Heavy Menstrual Cycle

What is a heavy menstrual cycle?

Menorrhagia is a medical term that describes unusually heavy or prolonged bleeding during menstrual periods. It is not uncommon for women to experience heavy menstrual bleeding, but a few cases reach the stage of menorrhagia. Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual cycle) is characterized by heavy menstrual bleeding and cramping, which can interfere with regular activities during menstruation.

If this concerns you, you should consult your doctor, as various effective treatments are available for managing menorrhagia. Consulting a well-experienced gynecologist like Dr. Preeti Rastogi is the best choice to diagnose and treat this problem effectively.

Symptoms of a heavy menstrual cycle

  • Menstrual bleeding: Menstrual bleeding might last more than 7 days, and you may pass clots the size of a quarter or larger leading to anemia
  • Fatigue: You might feel exhausted, tired, and short of breath, resulting in fatigue.
  • The constant need to change pads: The menstrual flow might soak one or more pads every hour (or a few hours).
  • Abdominal pain: You may face constant pain in the lower part of your stomach during periods.

What causes a heavy menstrual cycle?

  • Hormonal imbalances

Hormones like estrogen and progesterone help regulate the menstrual cycle, and their imbalance can lead to a heavy menstrual cycle.

  • Endometriosis

During endometriosis, cells from the lining of your womb grow in other areas, causing heavy bleeding and bleeding between periods.

  • Adenomyosis

It occurs when glands from the endometrium get embedded in uterine muscles, leading to a heavy menstrual cycle.

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

PID is one of the main causes of heavy bleeding generally seen during the menstrual cycle.

  • Blood clotting disorders

Some blood clotting disorders, wherein the important blood-clotting factor is impaired or deficient, can also lead to a heavy menstrual cycle.

How do we diagnose a heavy menstrual cycle?

  • Pelvic exam

A pelvic exam is a simple test wherein our doctors check the vagina, uterus, pelvis, and related parts of the patient.

  • Blood test

Our gynecologists in Dr. Preeti Rastogi’s clinics are specialized in all sorts of things, including blood tests to check for problems related to anemia, thyroid, blood clots, etc.

  • Ultrasound

An ultrasound test may help diagnose the condition by showing what your tissues, blood vessels, and organs look like

  • MRI

We conduct MRI scans to check for abnormal structures inside the patient’s uterus, which ultrasound does not recognize very well.

Our treatment for a heavy menstrual cycle

  • Non-hormonal medication: Medications like tranexamic acid are provided during the heaviest days of periods.
  • Hormonal medication: Our hormonal therapy from Dr. Preeti Rastogi’s clinics can help balance the amount of estrogen and progesterone in the body.
  • Iron supplements: Take iron supplements to improve your iron stores (in the blood).
  • Surgical procedures: We provide a list of surgical treatments for menorrhagia, like robotic hysterectomy, a permanent treatment for menorrhagia.

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If you have symptoms of a heavy menstrual cycle or are concerned about its impact on infertility, get help from our specialized and well-experienced doctors like Dr. Preeti Rastogi. We provide efficient gynecological services to solve all your problems and thus receive better outcomes.