Menorrhagia is diagnosed when you have a regular cycle but the menstrual bleeding lasts longer than usual, likely over 5 days. Menorrhagia is normal and can happen in about 20-30% of all women.
Menometrorrhagia is menorrhagia, heavy bleeding, that is associated with increased pelvic pain.
When you are bleeding heavier than normal, the first question that needs to be answered is whether your bleeding occurred after ovulation or not and if are ovulating normally or not. If you are ovulating normally, and you have menorrhagia, then you should find out if there is something inside the uterus, like a polyp or fibroid. About eight in 10 women with menorrhagia have either fibroids or a hormone imbalance.
Causes of menorrhagia include:
- Inflammation or infection of the vagina, cervix, or pelvic organs
- Polyps (small growths on the cervical or uterine wall)
- Uterine fibroids (leiomyoma)
- Thyroid conditions
- Liver, kidney, or blood diseases
- Endometrial cancer
- The use of blood-thinning drugs