Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) : Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Menorrhagia?

  • The word is related to late 18th modern Latin, The first part, meno-’of menstruation’ while the second part, rrhag-, stem of Greek rhegnunai ‘to burst’
  • It is ‘hypermenorrhea’ which means excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding in a woman with age between 12-51 years. This age is specific as the woman can get pregnant and bear children. This means from the time they start getting their menstrual period to the time they stop getting it.


Menorrhagia is a medical term for abnormally heavy prolonged bleeding of the menstrual period. When the woman has a heavy period, she can’t maintain her usual activities because she has so much blood loss and cramping. Menorrhagia is a situation once it happens, you must talk to your doctor and receive an effective treatment.

We will discuss menorrhagia in more detail, and we will answer the following questions about it:

  • What are the causes of menorrhagia?
  • What is the clinical presentation of menorrhagia?
  • How can a doctor diagnose menorrhagia?
  • What is the difference between menorrhagia and metrorrhagia?
  • What are the risk factors of menorrhagia and how to decrease it?
  • What is the treatment of menorrhagia?