Excessive menstrual bleeding (Menorrhagia)

Excessive menstrual bleeding (Menorrhagia)

Menorrhagia is defined as a condition of excessive blood loss  during menstruation. It is the most common type of abnormal  uterine bleeding characterized by heavy and prolonged  menstrual bleeding. In some cases, bleeding may be so severe  and relentless that daily activities become interrupted.


In some cases, the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding is unknown, but common causes are

– Hormonal imbalance– In a normal menstrual cycle, a balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone regulates the buildup of the lining of the uterus (endometrium), which is shed during menstruation. If a hormonal imbalance occurs, the endometrium develops in excess and eventually sheds by way of heavy menstrual bleeding.

– Dysfunction of the ovaries– Lack of ovulation (anovulation) may cause hormonal imbalance and result in menorrhagia.

– Uterine fibroids– These noncancerous (benign) tumors of the uterus appear during your childbearing years. Uterine fibroids may cause heavier than normal or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

– Polyps– Small, benign growths on the lining of the uterine wall (uterine polyps) may cause heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. Polyps of the uterus most commonly occur in women of reproductive age as the result of high hormone levels.

– Adenomyosis– This condition occurs when glands from the endometrium become embedded in the uterine muscle, often causing heavy bleeding and pain. Adenomyosis is most likely to develop if you’re a middle-aged woman who has had many children.

– Intrauterine device (IUD)- Menorrhagia is a well-known side effect of using a nonhormonal intrauterine device for birth control. When an IUD is the cause of excessive menstrual bleeding, you may need to remove it.

– Pregnancy complications– A single, heavy, late period may be due to a miscarriage. If bleeding occurs at the usual time of menstruation, however, miscarriage is unlikely to be the cause.

– Ectopic pregnancy – implantation of a fertilized egg within the fallopian tube instead of the uterus – also may cause menorrhagia.

– Cancer– Rarely, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and cervical  – cancer can cause excessive menstrual bleeding.

– Inherited bleeding disorders.-Some blood coagulation disorders – such as von Willebrand’s disease, a condition in which an important blood-clotting factor is deficient or impaired – can cause abnormal menstrual bleeding.

– Medications. Certain drugs, including anti-inflammatory medications and anticoagulants (to prevent blood clots), can contribute to heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. Improper use of hormone medications also can cause menorrhagia.

– Other medical conditions– A number of other medical conditions, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), thyroid problems, endometriosis, and liver or kidney disease, may cause menorrhagia

Risk factors

– Being a young adolescent or pre-menopausal woman

– Being overweight

– Using certain medications, such as blood thinners

– Having a hereditary bleeding disorder


Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding can lead to other medical conditions, including:

– Iron deficiency anemia results in weakness ,fatigue.Shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, lightheadedness and headaches.

– Severe pain, Heavy menstrual bleeding often is accompanied by menstrual cramps.

Self care

Heavy bleeding should always be viewed with caution, for even if painless.

– Bed rest

– Avoid over exertion

– No vigorous exercise

– Cold showers

– Avoid anxiety and tension

– If you have iron deficiency anemia or merely a low level of iron in your blood, take iron supplements regularly.

Homeopathic symptoms and cure

Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis of symptoms rather than conditions, as each case of a particular illness can manifest differently in different people. There are many symptoms which can be effectively treated by homeopathy few symptoms are given below. If your symptoms are matching to any of the symptoms given below, it can be cured mail the disease and symptom number at drraishyam@gmail.com to know your medicine.

1. Period’s too frequent and too profuse and painful, with congestion and bright-red blood.

2. Periods intermittent, with cramping and faintness, passing dark clots.

3. Periods too early, heavy and prolonged, may gush on each movement, with sharp pains from the back to abdomen or upwards from the vagina.

4. Periods are heavy and prolonged, coming on every IS days, with pain in the lower back and a tendency to faint.

5. Painful cramps, with throbbing, dragging pains and hot, bright-red blood.

6. Flooding with clots of blackish blood, sensation of movement in the abdomen.

7. Periods too early and lasting too long, with irritability.

8. Periods irregular and profuse, with bloating, moodiness and irritability.

9. Periods profuse, with dark clotted blood, almost black.

10. Profuse periods with bearing-down pains.

11. Profuse bleeding with nausea, cramps down into the thighs, worse during the first few days of the period and at night. Muffled buzzing in the ears.

12. Periods profuse and changeable, no two alike, with intermittent bleeding.

13. Periods profuse, with Cramping pains, must cross legs.

14. Periods painless and heavy, with exhaustion.

15. Heavy periods with nausea and bright-red blood. Bright-red blood breaking through between periods.

16. Flooding with dark and watery blood, face pale, occasional flushing, better from gentle movement.

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