The term menorrhagia refers to periods with excessive bleeding, whether it's the amount of blood
emitted, or the duration of menstruation
. The amount of blood lost can be well above the average (over 80 ml ??instead of 35 ml). Periods can also last much longer, seven days or more instead of 3-5 days with a normal period. Menorrhagia may sometimes cause anemia
as a consequence of the loss of red blood cells
, but also the loss of iron. The causes of menorrhagia are numerous: a blood-clotting disorder, hormonal imbalance
, fibroids or other generally non-cancerous tumors
of the uterus, wearing an IUD
... The Higham score allows an assessment of the abundance of a period. Treatment of menorrhagia must include the treatment of its cause.