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Heavy menstrual bleeding is called menorrhagia when it follows normal cycles and can have various underlying causes. Common causes include uterine polyps and uterine fibroids but there are many possibilities. One of the lesser known but surprisingly common causes of chronic menorrhagia is Von Willebrand's disease, a congenital bleeding disorder. Undiagnosed cases of VWD are sometimes wrongly treated by hysterectomy to resolve their menorrhagia symptoms. Any symptom of excessive menstrual bleeding needs prompt professional medical investigation....more »
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Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails to be correctly diagnosed. Women with the condition...read more »
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Medical Conditions associated with Heavy periods:
Menstrual irregularities (559 causes), Female sexual symptoms (505 causes), Menstrual symptoms (559 causes), Uterus symptoms (429 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Women's health symptoms (1177 causes), Vagina symptoms (443 causes), Female genital symptoms (529 causes), Genital symptoms (986 causes), Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Pregnancy symptoms (699 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes), Female reproductive symptoms (928 causes), Mens health symptoms (291 causes)
Symptoms related to Heavy periods:
Amenorrhea (287 causes), Dysmenorrhea (54 causes), Vaginal bleeding (147 causes), Light periods (10 causes), Menorrhagia (81 causes), Dysfunctional uterine bleeding, DUB, Menometrorrhagia (6 causes), Hysterectomy, Uterine fibroids, Endometriosis
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