oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Menorrhagia : review

Volume 80, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Menorrhagia is a common gynaecological disorder which involves abnormal, prolonged or heavy bleeding from the uterus. The World Health Organization has reported that 18-million women aged between 30 and 55 years perceive their menstrual bleeding to be excessive. However, reports have shown that only 10% of these women experience blood loss which is severe enough to be clinically defined as suffering from menorrhagia. Heavy or prolonged uterine bleeding may result in medical conditions such as anaemia, interfere with daily activities, and raise concerns about uterine cancer. Most women who are diagnosed with menorrhagia require medical attention, but can be managed on an outpatient basis. Occasionally, uterine bleeding may be severe enough to necessitate immediate medical evaluation and treatment.

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