Menorrhagia is heavy or long-lasting menstrual periods and is the most common type of abnormal bleeding from the uterus. A heavy period means there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours, passing large blood clots during menstruation, or needing to get up at night to change pads or tampons. Menorrhagia can interfere with daily activities and sleep, and the blood loss can lead to tiredness and shortness of breath. Menorrhagia may be caused by a hormone imbalance, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, or other medical conditions that involve the kidney, liver and thyroid.
As part of the UAB Division of Women's Reproductive Healthcare, UAB Obstetrics and Gynecology’s services range from complete obstetric care to the medical and surgical treatment of complicated gynecological concerns. We work closely with the UAB Medicine Interventional Radiology team to diagnose and treat your condition, using the latest and most accurate technology and imaging methods, including fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and CT scans. Because UAB Medicine is an academic health center, patients may be offered participation in clinical research trials, which can give you access to new techniques and treatments that are not available elsewhere in the area. Our physicians are here for you at all times, from your first routine gynecological exam, to delivering your baby, to guiding you through menopause. When you establish a relationship with our doctors, you can rely upon that relationship throughout your lifetime.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials