When To Worry About Heavy Menstrual Bleeding


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Menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding, is something many women face at one time or another. Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as having a period that lasts over a week or bleeding so much the person must change their feminine napkin once or twice an hour. The question with heavy menstrual bleeding is when to worry? The answer is, you should consult with your doctor about heavy menstrual bleeding.


During any time of hormonal change, a woman may experience a change in her menstrual cycle. This can occur when she is young or when she is entering menopause. These may not be cause for alarm and likely will not persist. Estrogen and progesterone imbalances may cause abnormal uterine bleeding, and are usually treated with pharmaceutical agents. Heavy menstrual bleeding may also be the result imbalances associated with hormones secreted by the thyroid. Your doctor will be able to perform the necessary tests and recommend treatment options.


Uterine fibroids

These are normally non-cancerous growths within a woman's uterus. While many women have uterine fibroids and no symptoms, symptomatic uterine fibroids frequently cause heavy menstrual bleeding and pain. Having a doctor examine you for fibroids is the start toward treatment and relief from both the bleeding and the pain.

Cervical or Uterine Cancer

In rare cases, abnormal uterine bleeding may be an early indication of cancer in either the cervix or uterus. It is important to have a doctor examine the woman and test to see if either of these is the cause. Catching either cancer while it is still in its early stages provides a woman with the best chance of safely and effectively treating it.

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