Excessive menstrual bleeding

Also known as: Menorrhagia
Menorrhagia is the medical term for excessive bleeding at the time of the menstrual period, either in number of days or amount of blood or both.

Excessive menstrual bleeding must be evaluated by a doctor in order to rule out potentially serious underlying conditions that can cause this problem.

Menorrhagia does not produce symptoms unless blood loss is significant, at which time symptoms of anemia, such as fatigue, may occur. Women with menorrhagia may have heavy menstrual bleeding (consistently changing pads or tampons more frequently than every hour) or a period that lasts more than eight days.
A heavier than normal period can be difficult to deal with and may signal other health issues. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Add some A.  To help normalize menstrual blood loss, take 50,000 IU of vitamin A each day, for no more than 15 days
  • Keep an eye on iron.  Take a blood test to find out if you need iron supplements to replace lost iron and help prevent further bleeding
  • Make time for a checkup.  Visit your healthcare provider to find out if your menorrhagia is caused by a treatable medical condition