When a woman experiences menstrual bleeding that lasts for more than seven days, it could be a condition known as menorrhagia. This heavy menstrual bleeding can be quite challenging to deal with. However, in some cases, it could indicate an underlying health condition that needs to be addressed.
Common Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
There are several reasons why a woman may experience heavy menstrual bleeding.
One common cause of heavy menstrual bleeding is fibroids. Fibroids are a type of tumor or growth that can line either the exterior or interior of the uterus. This condition is quite common, with nearly 77% of women experiencing them at some point during their childbearing years. If there are too many tumors or tumors that are too large in size, it can lead to excessive bleeding.
This is a condition that occurs when the uterus becomes enlarged as a result of abnormal growth in the endometrial glands. The growth causes the glands to continue growing until they merge with the muscles in the uterus. It can be hard to diagnose this condition as it is not typically detected with X-ray scanning.
Endometrial hyperplasia is a condition that occurs when the interior uterine lining thickens. This can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and irregular bleeding. Unfortunately, this condition usually is at risk of deteriorating into endometrial cancer.
Polyps are similar to fibroids in that they are tumors that grow on the wall of the cervix or the uterus. While these growths are typically non-cancerous, they can cause excessive bleeding. The bleeding can occur either after sexual intercourse or during the menstrual cycle.
Cervical and Endometrial Cancer
This is a condition that occurs after tumors grow on the walls of the cervix and uterus. These growths can interfere with the function of the reproductive organs and cause significant menstrual bleeding.
Schedule an Appointment Today
An examination is needed to determine what is causing your heavy menstrual bleeding. We encourage you to contact our team at Craig Ranch OB/GYN by calling 214-544-6600 to schedule an appointment. We can meet with you at our McKinney, TX, for the examination and to discuss your symptoms. Our team offers comprehensive care options for women who suffer from these and other conditions, and we can help you get the relief that you need.