“Actually just about anybody can have menorrhagia, but there are certain people that have are more prone to having menorrhagia. In particular, sometimes women that are in the perimenopausal point of their life. What is perimenopause? The average age for menopause is about 51. And so perimenopause could be around that five-year time span prior to menopause. Although menopause average is 51, it can be earlier or later because that is an average. So a lot of times women’s menstrual cycles may change and some of us get the short stick and get heavy bleeding. So that’s one thing. In addition, sometimes women that are more heavier. I have a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can make them have more bleeding. You do not have to however, be heavy to have polycystic ovarian syndrome or the abbreviation we often use is PCOS. You don’t have to be heavy, but it does make you more prone to having heavier cycles, meaning, commonly with PCOS though, you have heavy bleeding and then maybe you have no bleeding for months at a time, but when you do bleed, your body’s trying to make up for lost time and you bleed a lot.
That’s another condition. Sometimes people would just have heavy bleeding and we don’t know why that is. We look for hormonal components. We look for physiological components like fibroids. When I talked about hormones, could be your thyroid. There are various factors that can interfere or influence your menstrual cycle.”