Heavy Periods May be a Sign of Blood Clotting Problems

Jun 08, 2009
Excessive menstrual bleeding may indicate a number of problems for women, including blood clotting problem, scientists revealed.

Experts released a list of signs for doctors that may point to bleeding disorders. Women should also take into account this information. The study conducted Dr Andra James, an obstetrician at Duke University Medical Centre, found that nearly 25 percent of women with heavy menstruation have an undiagnosed bleeding problem. The author of the study urged that heavy periods often mean that woman's blood cannot clot normally.

In most cases, doctors diagnose woman with hormonal disorder or fibroids if she has menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding). The problem is considered to be caused by gynecological factors and this can potentially lead to such treatments as hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), while the main cause is blood clotting problem.

Other signs of blood clotting disorder include:
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding in the past

  • A history of heavy menstrual cycle among family members

  • Unexplained bruises

  • Heavy bleeding even in case of small wounds

  • Extended and heavy bleeding during dental procedures

  • Abnormal postpartum hemorrhage following delivery

  • Excessive bleeding during surgery

  • Heavy bleeding leading to blood transfusion

Scientists say that women who recurrently notice abnormal menstrual bleeding should approach their doctors to find the problem.

The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.