Heavy periods


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Women with abnormally heavy periods (or “menorrhagia” , to use the medical term) experience menstrual bleeding that is heavy enough to have a negative impact on their usual activities and quality of life- physically, emotionally and/or socially.

While in many cases no underlying cause will be found, some women may have heavy periods due to Adenomyosis, Fibroids or Uterine polyps. Uterine (endometrial) cancer can cause heavy periods but it is uncommon in younger women- it would be considered in women who are approaching menopause. Other causes include Endometrial Hyperplasia (abnormal overgrowth of the lining of the uterus), STIs (sexually transmitted infections), Underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), blood-thinning medication (such as Warfarin), or certain genetic conditions which mean your blood does not clot properly. Heavy periods can also be a side effect of various types of contraception.

What is Adenomyosis and what are the symptoms?

Adenomyosis- causes, symptoms & treatment symptoms causes diagnosis treatment What is Adenomyosis? Adenomyosis is when the type of tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) also grows in the muscle layer of the uterus, where it continues to thicken, break down and bleed [...]

What are the symptoms of fibroids?

Fibroids- symptoms, causes & treatment what are they? symptoms diagnosis treatment What are fibroids? Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) lumps that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). They are sometimes called “myomas” or "leiomyomas”. They are very common- 70-80% of women over the age [...]

Heavy periods- what causes heavy bleeding?

Heavy periods- what causes heavy bleeding? symptoms tests treatment How do you know if you have abnormally heavy periods? The amount of bleeding during a period varies from one woman to another. Abnormally heavy periods (also known as “menorrhagia”) occur when bleeding is heavy enough to have a negative [...]