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The amount of bleeding during menstrual cycles differs from woman to woman, but sometimes bleeding can be significant enough that normal activities become difficult or impossible. There are many conditions that can cause Menorrhagia, which can lead to anemia and/or severe pain during the menstruation cycle. To control this condition and help you live your life normally, we’ll develop your personal plan that addresses your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Menorrhagia?
Menorrhagia is when menstrual cycles produce a high level of menstrual blood or when bleeding lasts for a prolonged period of time. Bleeding in this amount can cause disruptions to daily life due to painful cramping and/or weakness from blood loss.
Symptoms of menorrhagia:
- Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
- Needing to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
- Needing to wake up to change sanitary protection during the night
- Bleeding for longer than a week
- Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
- Restricting daily activities due to heavy menstrual flow
- Symptoms of anemia, such as tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath
Cite: Mayo Clinic, Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) for symptoms
Menorrhagia vs Dysmenorrhea
Menorrhagia is excessive and/or prolonged bleeding during a menstrual cycle. Dysmenorrhea is intense pain/cramping during a menstrual cycle. A person can experience either menorrhagia or dysmenorrhea, or experience both at the same time.
Why Is My Period Blood Flow So Heavy?
Heavy blood flow, or Menorrhagia, in women is a fairly common disorder. It can be caused by a number of conditions, such as a hormone imbalance, uterine fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, trauma, malignant growths, or can sometimes be unknown.
Hormone imbalances cause the lining of the uterus to build up and shed to an excessive amount during menstruation and can be caused by a number of conditions. Other causes for menorrhagia could include uterine cancer, bleeding disorders, or medication side effects, including IUDs.
How to Reduce Heavy Blood Flow During Period
There are a number of steps to take to reduce heavy blood flow during periods. You can address these issues through a number of medical treatments such as medications, birth control, or surgery to get rid of fibroids or to remove the lining of the uterus, but there are a number of natural ways to help as well.
We use acupuncture treatments to help stabilize the entire monthly cycle by rebalancing the hormones in the body. In addition to acupuncture, we may also recommend Chinese herbal blends. The herbs provide the body with necessary nutrients and rebalance hormonal levels. The medicine works to address the root causes of heavy blood flow such as excess internal heat or qi not holding the blood in the body.
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