A: The best way to treat excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding depends on the cause.
Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding is called menorrhagia. It is difficult to measure the actual amount of blood lost during a period so the diagnosis is usually made by assessing the menstrual symptoms.
- Needing to change a pad more often than every 3 hours during the day or needing to change a pad during the night
- Soaking through both a tampon and pad
- Passing large blood clots
- Feeling fatigue and other symptoms of anemia
Three main types of conditions cause menorrhagia:
- Hormone imbalance
- Uterine growth (such as a fibroid or polyp)
- Bleeding disorders