Heavy Bleeding During Periods (Menorrhagia) Causes

Medically Reviewed by Dr Sravya, MBBS, MS 


It’s typical to have a couple of days with a lot of flow at the start of your period. We’ve all accidentally soaked through a tampon or found a few blood clots on our pads at night. 

Heavy bleeding during periods, also known as menorrhagia, can be a challenging and sometimes distressing condition for those who experience it. Menorrhagia is characterized by excessive and prolonged bleeding during menstrual cycles.

Continue reading to learn more about possible causes of menorrhagia, how to distinguish between normal and excessive menstrual bleeding, potential treatments, and more. 

What else can trigger your painful periods? How can normal and serious menstrual bleeding be distinguished? And what are the therapies?

How do you know if you are having menorrhagia?

If you need to change the pad in less than 2 hours, then you should see a doctor.

If you ignore this, you are likely to develop anemia, which is dangerous for your health.

Long menstrual cycles or excessive bleeding on periods can be symptoms of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

In some instances, the cause may not be known. It’s important to see a doctor if you are experiencing heavy bleeding during your periods, as it can lead to anemia and other health complications

Why do you bleed heavily when you have your period?

The medical name for heavy periods, menorrhagia, has a wide range of causes. The majority of these causes can be treated, which is excellent news. Seeing a doctor is the only way to definitively determine what is causing your heavy periods because every woman’s cycle is different. The following are the most typical causes of heavy periods:

Having Continuous menstrual periods for months? Visit the doctor now!

A healthcare provider should be consulted if a menstrual period lasts for an extremely long time, such as many months. Such periods are regarded as abnormal. Numerous things, such as hormonal imbalances, uterine abnormalities, specific drugs, thyroid issues, or underlying medical conditions, might result in prolonged or irregular monthly flow. 

To identify the reason for the continuous menstrual period and receive the right care, it is crucial to seek medical attention. To identify the underlying cause and provide a personalized treatment plan, the healthcare professional will do a thorough evaluation that may include a physical examination, blood tests, imaging scans, and even a biopsy or other testing.


Heavy bleeding during periods causes

Causes and Risks

The causes and risk factors for heavy menstruation, or menorrhagia, may differ. Possible causes include:


To diagnose the period, healthcare professionals may undertake the following steps:


Although heavy periods cannot always be prevented, specific measures may help manage the severity of symptoms:

Disorder Classification

Abundant bleeding is classified as follows:

Steps to Control Bleeding

Managing menorrhagia involves several steps to control and reduce the severity of symptoms:

Clinical Features

Various clinical features may help identify and distinguish it from normal menstrual patterns


Healthcare professionals may perform certain tests and examinations to investigate:


Possible management strategies may include:


Menorrhagia can significantly impact a woman’s quality of life. Understanding the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, prevention measures, disorder classification, steps to control bleeding, clinical features, investigation, and management options can provide valuable insights for individuals experiencing this condition.

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