Menorrhagia refers to menstrual periods with heavier bleeding than normal or periods that last for seven days or longer each month. For women with menorrhagia, every period causes so much blood loss and cramping that they can't perform their usual daily activities. Read more in our patient education guide.
Menorrhagia is more common in the years when women first begin their periods and in the years right before menopause. Common causes of menorrhagia include hormone imbalances, dysfunction of the ovaries, abnormal growths in the uterus, inherited bleeding disorders, or certain medications. Rarely, menorrhagia may be a sign of cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix.
Symptoms of menorrhagia include:
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