Menorrhagia is medical talk for heavy menstrual bleeding
Most women have experienced months when menstrual bleeding was much heavier than usual for them and they needed to use double sanitary protection or their period lasted longer than a week. When heavy bleeding is the norm, or when blood loss is sufficient to cause iron-deficiency anemia, it’s time to seek expert medical help.
Heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by a nonhormonal IUD, uterine polyps, or fibroids. However, heavy periods are often a result of a dysfunction in the ovaries. If no egg is produced during the ovulation cycle, the hormone imbalance which occurs can lead to heavy bleeding. The monthly balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone regulates the amount of lining that builds in the uterus and is shed during menstrual flow. If the hormones are out of balance, the shedding of a thick uterine lining may be the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding.
Dr. Amy Siegel has the experience and expertise women need to deal with issues of menorrhagia (heavy bleeding). Treatments include iron supplements, pain-relieving medications, oral contraceptives, and hormone-secreting IUDs. Surgery is sometimes indicated if other methods have failed. Get the best advice from the practice that knows women’s health. Call 201.225.2555 for an appointment with Dr. Siegel.