Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

Excessive menstrual bleeding is experienced by many women throughout their lives. However, these symptoms are particularly common when women are menopausal or experiencing a drastic change in hormone levels.

What Causes Excessive Menstrual Bleeding?

Irregular periods are a normal symptom of menopause.Excessive menstrual bleeding can be an indication of many things. While irregular period is a normal symptom of menopause, it is best to speak to a doctor to determine whether or not there is an underlying medical condition. The following medical conditions and interventions are some of the most common that may lead to excessive bleeding.


Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder that causes abnormal menstrual bleeding. Women with PCOS have enlarged ovaries that have several small cysts on the edge.  The condition can cause irregular menstrual cycles and make it hard to get pregnant. There is no cure, but it can be well managed by maintaining a healthy weight and with hormone treatment.

Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:

•  Weight gain
•  Hair growth on the face and legs
•  Acne


Intrauterine device (IUD)

Polycystic ovary versus normal ovaryThis form of contraception sits inside the uterus to help prevent pregnancy. It can cause excessive bleeding in rare case. Although it is not known exactly how they trigger these symptoms, IUDs are generally not dangerous and are very effective contraceptive devices.


Perimenopause

Perimenopause is a natural stage in a woman's life rather than a medical condition. Women who are approaching menopause may experience abnormal bleeding. The average age of a perimenopausal woman is between 45 and 55. As women's bodies enter a stage of infertility, their hormone levels fluctuate, causing her to have irregular periods. Periods tend to come less frequently, and when they do, they are heavier because of the buildup of uterus lining to be shed.


Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease describes the inflammation of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the ovaries. It is often caused by bacterial diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or other sexually transmitted infections. Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease include:

•  Weakness and fever
•  Pain in the lower abdomen
•  Abnormal, heavy, and excessive menstrual bleeding
•  Fever


If women believe this bleeding may be due to pelvic inflammatory disease, they should visit their medical practitioner immediately.

Abnormal, heavy, and excessive menstrual bleeding does not have to interrupt your daily activities. With the guidance of your doctor, it can be easily treated. Click the following link for more information on treating abnormal, heavy, and excessive menstrual bleeding.

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