What is Menorrhagia?

by Jennifer Bunn, RN

Menorrhagia is the technical medical term for heavy menstrual bleeding. Menorrhagia can occur for many reasons, but in the absence of any true pathology menorrhagia is usually due to an anovulatory cycle, or a cycle in which no egg is released. Women in perimenopause are more likely to experience hormonal changes that lead to anovulatory cycles and heavy menstrual bleeding.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Periods that last longer than 7 days
  • Menstrual flow that contains large blood clots
  • Menstrual periods that interfere with your ability to live your life
  • Menstrual flow that requires double protection (i.e. wearing a tampon and a pad)
  • Bleeding that soaks through one menstrual pad per hour (or more) for several hours
  • Signs and symptoms of anemia (fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath with exertion)

Many women experience the occasional heavy period, but if every period is excessively heavy or lasts longer than a week anemia may occur, sometimes necessitating a blood transfusion. Many women do not seek help for menorrhagia, believing that it is normal. If menorrhagia interferes with quality of life or leads to anemia, treatment should be sought.

PreMenora is an all-natural twice-daily botanical formulation designed to relieve the symptoms of perimenopause, including menorrhagia.

Source: Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding)

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