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Heavy Bleeding (Menorrhagia)
Symptoms of menorrhagia include:
- Menstrual bleeding soaking through sanitary pads or tampons (for heavy flow) and having to change them every hour
- Having to wake up in the middle of the night to change sanitary pad
- Passing large blood clots
- Bleeding last longer than a week
- Experiencing symptoms of anemia such as shortness of breath, fatigue
How Fibroids Contributes to Menorrhagia
There are several theories to explain how fibroids contribute to menorrhagia. One explanation suggests that submucosal fibroids (located within the uterine cavity) enlarges the surface area of the endometrium (uterine lining), which may be a cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Another theory suggests that fibroids contribute to disorders in hormone production, which are involved in the contraction and relaxation of the smooth muscles in the uterus.
Are Fibroids Causing you to have Menorrhagia?
Other causes for menorrhagia including hormone imbalance, or even cancer, need to be evaluated. If you think you have fibroids, you may be a candidate for Uterine Artery Embolization. For more information on fibroids and menorrhagia, feel free to contact us at 1.866.362.6463 or request a free consultation online.