Menorrhagia is defined as an excessively heavy period, but can also cause extreme discomfort. Periods are different for every woman. Some are short and painless, and some are long and painful. But it is not at all normal for a woman’s period to affect her everyday life or keep her from performing her normal activities. Reasons to see an OBGYN with the suspicion of Menorrhagia are things such as:

  • Periods that last longer than 5 days
  • Painful periods with severe pelvic pain
  • Periods that require double sanitary protection (tampon and pad)
  • Bleeding through a tampon or pad in an hour or less for several hours in a row
  • The passing of large blood clots
  • Fatigue, pain, headaches, nausea

Though depression and social anxiety are not symptoms that point towards menorrhagia, they often are results of the problem. Women such as Amy, who normally have a very active and busy life, begin to invert, afraid of excessive and abnormal menstrual bleeding while in public or the inability to get to the restroom before leaking.


Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Jon T. Ricks’ office to seek treatment for symptoms that bother you.