What is menorrhagia?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Julia A Shaw, MD, MBA, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Menorrhagia is defined as menstruation at regular cycle intervals but with excessive flow and duration and is one of the most common gynecologic complaints in contemporary gynecology. See the image below.

Acute menorrhagia requires prompt medical interven Acute menorrhagia requires prompt medical intervention. This is bleeding that will compromise an untreated patient.

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