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Heavy periods

Heavy periods: Introduction

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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Causes of Heavy periods:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Heavy periods. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Heavy periods

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Causes of Types of Heavy periods:

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Heavy periods: Symptom Checker

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Stories from Users for Heavy periods

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Message Boards for Heavy periods

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Diagnostic tests for Heavy periods:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Heavy periods. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Examine for signs of bleeding disorder - e.g. widespread bruising, swollen joints, bleeding gums.
    • Speculum examination looking for cervicitis, cervical "erosion", cervical cancer, cervical polyps
    • Bimanual pelvic examination to feel for signs of fibroids, pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Medications or substances causing Heavy periods:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Heavy periods as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Heavy periods: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Heavy periods may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Heavy periods

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Heavy periods. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

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Heavy periods: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Heavy periods

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 more »

Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer. Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a breast rash with redness and warmth, but more »

Female athlete syndrome leads to undiagnosed osteoporosis: Younger women are not usually considered as candidates for diagnosis of osteoporosis. However, more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Heavy periods

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Heavy periods: Related Rare Diseases

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Heavy periods: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Heavy periods:

The list of organs typically affected by Heavy periods may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Heavy periods

The list below shows some of the causes of Heavy periods mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Heavy periods?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Heavy periods. Of the 78 causes of Heavy periods that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 6 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 2 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 72 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Heavy periods:

The following list of conditions have 'Heavy periods' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Heavy periods Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Heavy periods based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

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  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Heavy periods?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Heavy periods, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Heavy periods:

    Subtypes of Heavy periods:

    Excessive menstrual bleeding (31 causes), Heavy menstruation (23 causes)

    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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