Menorrhagia - Causes and Symptoms

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Menorrhagia indicates a menstrual flow that occurs at regular intervals, but with excessive blood loss in quantity and duration. This symptom may be associated with pain and anemia.

Menorrhagia may depend on dysfunctional hormonal changes, affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis or other endocrine glands (eg thyroid and adrenal glands). In other cases, on the other hand, it is associated with pathological processes of the genital apparatus of various kinds, including pelvic infections, endometriosis, uterine polyps, retroplexion of the uterus, traumatic lesions and inflammations of the appendages.

Menorrhagia can also result from uterine fibroids and malignant gynecological tumors, including cervical and endometrial carcinoma.

The use of the endouterine spiral, coagulation disorders, the use of drugs (including oral contraceptives, aspirin and anticoagulants) and the states of congestion of the pelvic organs (due, for example, to constipation) can also cause this symptom.

Excess of menstrual losses also called menorrhagia - taken from:

Possible Causes * of Menorrhagia

  • Cervical cancer
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Carcinoma of the uterine cervix
  • Coagulation disorders
  • Haemophilia
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Menopause
  • Uterine polyps
  • Ovarian cancer