Heavy Menstrual Bleeding And Menorrhagia Clots: I'Ve Been Having Menstrual Problems Since I Was 16-17. I Have Heavy Period Going On For Months. I Took Homeopathic Medicine Which Controlled It For Months, But I Stopped Now I Have My Period Again For Weeks

Women with a normal menstrual cycle usually experience bleeding for about five days on an average. However women with menorrhagia may experience bleeding for more than seven days. The blood flow is also much higher than in a normal menstrual cycle. Menorrhagia refers to irregular and heavy bleeding and a longer span of the menstrual period. It is one of the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding. The symptoms of this condition include blood clots in the menstrual flow, lower abdominal pain, tiredness, shortness of breath, longer menstrual period for more than one week and anemia. Women with menorrhagia may also have to change their sanitary protection more frequently and even during the night.

There can be various causes of heavy menstrual bleeding. One such cause is an increased level of prostaglandins, which are chemical substances that help in regulating uterine muscle contractions. Uterine fibroids, abnormal pregnancies such as an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage, pelvic inflammatory disease, hormonal imbalances, and systemic disorders are some of the other causes of heavy bleeding during menstrual cycle. Liver, thyroid and kidney disease may also lead to abnormally heavy periods. Some women may also experience heavy menstrual bleeding and clots due to a high level of endothelins which cause dilation of the blood vessels. Bleeding or platelet disorders may also be one of the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding in some cases. The diagnosis of menorrhagia is done through a medical examination of the uterus and ovaries. A sample of the womb lining may also be taken for further analysis. Anemia, hormonal imbalances and thyroid problems may be detected through blood tests. The possibility of cancer may also be detected through a smear test.

The treatment for menorrhagia will depend upon the underlying cause. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills and progesterone pills may be administered to control the blood flow. Heavy flow may also be reduced through the intake of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Since many women with menorrhagia suffer from anemia, iron supplements may also become necessary. In severe cases, surgery may become necessary. The last resort of treatment for this condition involves a hysterectomy wherein the ovaries and uterus are surgically removed. Adequate rest is also important as exertion could aggravate the problem. It is advisable to refrain from any rigorous physical activity. Anxiety and mental stress must also be avoided. Some home remedies are believed to provide relief from menstrual cycle heavy bleeding. A tea prepared from cinnamon or coriander seeds is known to decrease the blood flow.

answered by G R

The medical term for heavy menstruation is known as menorrhagia. It is quite a problem for women who experience this as it leads to a disruption of one's daily activities due to the problems caused. Menorrhagia generally does occur due to blood clotting (therefore your symptom does match the disorder), the disruption of normal hormone regulation that occurs during the menstrual cycle and a complication regarding the endometrial lining of the uterus. In some

Extreme cases the bleeding becomes very severe and so heavy hat one cannot do anything for the rest of the day. In your case the heavy period flow is probably caused due an imbalance of hormones and is most common among adolescents or teenagers. Due to the erratic nature of the hormone levels there arises the complication of excessive bleeding of the uterine which thus leads to heavy menstruation. Though this seems like a logical conclusion as to what your problem is a result of , there may also be other factors that can cause it. One of the causes that is often mistaken for a case of menorrhagia is something that is known as Von Willerbrand's disease. The disease in definition is a congenital bleeding disorder and often goes undiagnosed. Thus when this disorder is treated as a case of menorrhagia, many women make the mistake of under going a hysterectomy to try and solve the problem.

Therefore the best way to properly understand why you have such a heavy menstrual flow is to consult a gynecologist, and fully understand what exactly is wrong. Under normal circumstances you can treat the disorder by using birth control or contraceptive pills and other hormone supplements. There are some natural remedies that you can also try in order to relive your symptoms. The first thing that you can try is sage, which helps on the prevention of the formation of blood clots. The other remedy that you can use is nettle which can help control a heavy period.

answered by M W

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