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Flooded with Frustration: What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?

A monthly visitor that brings with it cramps, bloating, but for some, this flow isn't just variable, it's downright overwhelming. We're talking heavy menstrual bleeding, a formally known as menorrhagia, that can turn your period into a nightmare.

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Johanitha Moraes
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A monthly visitor (uninvited, some might say) that brings with it a symphony of cramps, bloating, and… well, let's just say, variable blood flow. But for some women, this flow isn't just variable, it's downright overwhelming.We're talking heavy menstrual bleeding, a condition formally known as menorrhagia, that can turn your period into a logistical nightmare.

So, how do you know if your period has crossed the line from "inconvenient" to "clinically heavy"? Buckle up, because we're about to shed light on heavy menstrual bleeding, exploring its causes, symptoms, and, most importantly, what you can do about it.

What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?

A typical period lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 days, with a moderate amount of blood flow. But for women with heavy menstrual bleeding, it's a different story. Here's what defines it:

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  • Bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days: That's a week (or more) of dealing with your period!
  • Soaking through one or more pads or tampons every hour for several hours in a row: Imagine constantly needing to change your protection- not exactly convenient.
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter: These large clots can be a sign of an underlying issue.
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What Causes Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?

There are several reasons why your period might be overflowing:

  • Hormonal Imbalance: The delicate dance of estrogen and progesterone regulates your menstrual cycle. An imbalance can cause the lining of your uterus to thicken excessively, leading to heavier bleeding.
  • Uterine Fibroids: These noncancerous tumors in the uterus can distort its shape and increase blood flow during your period.
  • Uterine Polyps: These benign growths on the uterine lining can also contribute to heavy bleeding.
  • Adenomyosis: This condition occurs when endometrial tissue (the lining of your uterus) grows within the muscular wall of the uterus. 

The Impact of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

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Heavy menstrual bleeding can have a significant impact on your life:

  • Physical Discomfort: Constant bleeding can lead to fatigue, iron deficiency anemia, and pain.
  • Emotional Toll: The frustration and anxiety associated with heavy bleeding can affect your quality of life.
  • Social Disruption: Heavy bleeding can make it difficult to participate in daily activities or social events.
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Diagnosing and Treating Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

If you suspect you have heavy menstrual bleeding, don't suffer in silence! Here's what you can do:

  • Talk to Your Doctor: A discussion about your symptoms and medical history can help identify the cause.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Your doctor may recommend tests like ultrasounds or blood tests to diagnose the underlying issue.
  • Treatment Options: Depending on the cause, treatment options can include hormone therapy, medication to shrink fibroids or polyps, or even surgery in some cases.

Consult our Gytree experts if you suspect the same. 

Heavy menstrual bleeding is a common condition, affecting millions of women. Remember, you're not alone! By seeking medical advice and exploring treatment options, you can reclaim control of your menstrual cycle and get back to living your life without period-related limitations. So, ditch the frustration and take charge of your health. Talk to your doctor, explore your options, and rewrite the script on heavy menstrual bleeding.

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