What Causes Heavy Bleeding?
Women that experience heavy periods or irregular periods have what is referred to as Menorrhagia. This is a disorder where there are periods of bleeding from the uterus that is excessively heavy or lasts longer than seven days. This disorder affects millions of women each year. Although the exact cause of this affliction is unknown, there are several medical conditions that can increase a woman’s chances of having episodes of heavy bleeding.
Hormonal imbalances that involve estrogen and progesterone levels play a major role in the bodies of women who suffer from heavy bleeding. That is why young women who are still undergoing puberty have an increased risk of developing this condition. Women who have had or currently have pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, complications from IUD use, endometrial polyps, miscarriages, and ectopic pregnancies are more likely to experience heavy bleeding. Regardless of what the cause is, it is necessary to seek out medical treatment to prevent severe blood loss and the development of other medical disorders, such as iron deficiency anemia.
For many women, the onset of this condition occurs around the time that their menstrual cycle occurs. They will experience bleeding and the passing of some clots, however the bleeding is much heavier than usual. Although the presence of clots is normal, clots that are larger than a quarter may require medical attention. On average, a woman that is suffering from heavy bleeding may soak a sanitary pad or tampon every hour for several hours or days, until their menstrual cycle is over.
It is highly recommended for women to get a proper diagnosis from their doctor or a gynecological specialist. One treatment that is very effective at resolving this condition is endometrial ablation. During this one-time outpatient procedure, the (endometrium) lining of the uterus is removed. Once the lining is removed, the bleeding will be much lighter or in many cases stop all together.
Many women are too embarrassed to discuss their menstrual cycles with their doctors, and assume that heavy bleeding is normal. While it is normal to experience a certain amount of blood flow each month, it is best to seek out medical treatment with Dr. David Ghozland, MD to rule out the possibility of having Menorrhagia.