Heavy-PeriodsMenorrhagia is an abnormally long or heavy period which lasts more than seven days or if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon within several hours– longer than the typical four to six hours. Heavy or prolonged periods can lead to anemia, or iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss. Anemia causes dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms of menorrhagia include severe cramping, pelvic pain, nausea, and vomiting. Causes of Heavy Periods:
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Endometriosis, uterine fibroids or other uterine disorders
  • Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy
  • Cancer
Treatments for Heavy Periods:
  • NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aspirin) as a pain reliever and to reduce the amount of blood loss
  • Hormonal birth control (oral contraceptives, hormone secreting IUD)
  • Iron supplements to treat anemia
  • Non-hormonal prescription medication to reduce blood clotting
  • Endometrial Ablations
  • Hysterectomy for patients who have failed other treatments.