Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstruation with abnormally frequent or prolonged bleeding. Although heavy menstrual bleeding is a common problem, most women do not suffer from a blood loss severe enough to be called menorrhagia. In menorrhagia, you can not maintain your usual activities during your menstrual period because you have a lot of blood loss and cramps. If you are afraid of your period because you have frequent menstrual bleeding, consult your doctor. There are many effective treatments for menorrhagia.
Signs and symptoms of menorrhagia may include:
- Soaking through one or more sanitary pads within three hours
- Need to use double sanitary protection to control menstrual flow
- Need to wake up at night to change sanitary protection
- Bleeding longer than a week
- Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
This is a dangerous condition as it may lead to anemia, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Mostly it is treated by medication or hormonal therapy.