The Problem of Heavy or Irregular Menstrual Bleeding – Part 1

March 4, 2019 | By Larry Gurley, MD

Heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding is a common problem that often causes loss of well-being and life pleasure. Sometimes women assume that they must “just live with it” or go through a major surgery (hysterectomy) for treatment. Also, many women do not know if their bleeding is actually too heavy to be normal. The following conditions indicate a medical problem:

  1. Bleeding causing Anemia
  2. Having to re-schedule, miss, or restrict activities or appointments due to bleeding
  3. Staining of clothing or sheets
  4. Frequently worrying about when the next period will occur
  5. A recall diary form is used in our office to determine, with good accuracy, the amount of blood loss woman is actually experiencing during her period.

Young woman suffering from menstrual cramps at home.

THE CAUSES

Hormone imbalance can cause the lining of the uterus to be too thick or thin, leading to bleeding problems.

Polyps, which are uterine lining gland growths.

Fibroids are uterine muscle growths. Fibroids may occur on the outside, in the wall, or inside the lining of the uterus.

Both polyps and fibroids of the uterus are usually benign, and are recommend to be removed when found inside the uterus.