Women who experience heavy bleeding during their menstrual cycle they are likely experiencing menorrhagia. It occurs alongside a host of other symptoms often including headache, purging, cramping, pain, muscle tightness and nausea. This type of bleeding can be so severe that it can interfere with your daily activities and social life.
No two women lose the same amount of blood during the course of their menstrual cycle. Some women might only lose a tiny amount of blood while others lose large amounts. Normally, a cycle occurs once every twenty eight days but can occur anywhere between twenty one and thirty five days. The blood is usually present for about four days and the total amount of blood lost is about two tablespoons (or thirty milliliters).
Women who are suffering with menorrhagia lose a vast amount of blood often totaling as much as eighty milliliters. To put this in perspective, this type of flow results in sixteen sanitary products being used throughout a four day cycle. Some women not only experience heavy flow but end up bleeding for a longer period time, sometimes more than seven days. This is also known as hypermenorrhea. If menorrhagia is not treated soon enough it can lead to several other complications including infertility, anemia and toxic shock syndrome.
Any woman from adolescence to menopause can develop menorrhagia, but it is more common at either end of the spectrum. Women who are overweight or using certain prescriptions such as blood thinners are at an even higher risk for developing it.
There are several other symptoms that might alert you to heavy bleeding. If you require more than one sanitary napkin or have to change them during the night then you might well be dealing with menorrhagia. It is known for causing longer than usual cycles but can also show itself in the form of an oddly short one, lasting less than four days. Commonly, low energy levels and a shortness of breath are also experienced.
If you see a doctor about it you are likely to receive a prescription for a low dose birth control pill that are good for keeping the menstrual cycle regulated. If your symptoms are not controlled with medication the doctor might recommend a surgical option or one of several other procedures they commonly perform for this type of problem.
Herbal remedies that contain Artemisia vulgaris and Capsella bursa-pastoris have been shown to keep the hormones and PMS cycles in balance. Cramp bark can be used to lessen the heavy cramping that is often associated with heavy bleeding.
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