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Can you loose to much blood on your cycle?

By February 19, 2010 - 7:56pm
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I was wondering if there's any possible way your body can loose to much blood when your on your cycle? Or does your body know when to stop?

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Thank you for your post.

Although for the most part your body will stop bleeding on its own, there are certain conditions which can cause an excessive amount of bleeding during your period also kown as Menorrhagia.

The signs and symptoms of menorrhagia may include:

* Menstrual flow that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
* The need to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
* The need to change sanitary protection during the night
* Menstrual periods lasting longer than seven days
* Menstrual flow that includes large blood clots
* Heavy menstrual flow that interferes with your regular lifestyle
* Tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath (symptoms of anemia)

If you're having heavy vaginal bleeding — soaking at least one pad or tampon an hour for more than a few hours — please seek medical help.

There are many causes for Menorrhagia, some being:
* Hormonal imbalance.
* Dysfunction of the ovaries.
* Uterine fibroids.
* Polyps.
* Adenomyosis.
* Intrauterine device (IUD).
* Pregnancy complications.
* Cancer.
* Inherited bleeding disorders.
* Medications.
* Other medical conditions. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), thyroid problems, endometriosis, and liver or kidney disease, may cause menorrhagia.

Drug therapy for menorrhagia may include:

* Iron supplements.
* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
* Oral contraceptives.
* Oral progesterone.
* The hormonal IUD (Mirena).

For more reading and further information on causes and treatment, please go to: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menorrhagia/DS00394

I hope this helps answer your question. Please keep us posted.

February 22, 2010 - 4:48am
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