Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
Many women face the potential risk of uterine fibroid tumors, especially between the ages of 35-54. It is therefore essential to understand fibroid tumors, and their possible symptoms. Depending on the severity of the fibroid tumors, symptoms can vary. One common symptom of fibroids is prolonged excessive or heavy menstrual bleeding, or the occurrence of abnormal uterine bleeding.
Typically, a woman's menstrual cycle happens every 28 days, lasts 4-5 days, and doesn't interfere with everyday activities. Periods can be irregular and uncomfortable, but don't typically change a woman's daily routine. However, if a woman experiences excessive menstrual bleeding or abnormal uterine bleeding there potentially could be a more serious cause.
Excessive menstrual bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors. It is the most prevalent symptom for two out of the three types of uterine fibroid tumors: intramural and submucosal. When experiencing the uterine fibroid symptoms like heavy menstrual bleeding or abnormal uterine bleeding, there are other components that directly result from it. Passing clots is very common with excessive menstrual bleeding as well as prolonged cycles of bleeding and longer monthly periods. It can also be a cause of frequent soiling, something that can interfere with everyday activities and lifestyle. Abnormal uterine bleeding that is prolonged can have some serious side effects over time. Untreated, it can lead to fatigue and anemia, a result of low red blood count. These factors can eventually lead to the need for blood transfusions.
If you are experiencing any uterine fibroid symptoms including heavy menstrual bleeding and/or prolonged abnormal uterine bleeding consult with a medical professional in order to rule out or diagnose the cause for this symptom. Discover different uterine fibroid treatment options and learn more about other signs and symptoms of uterine fibroids including other causes for excessive or heavy menstrual bleeding by using our physician locator to find an OB/Gyn or an interventional radiologist (IR) in your area.
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