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Menorrhagia (Heavy Bleeding)

The treatment options for menorrhagia are aimed at:

  • Eliminating the underlying cause of the heavy bleeding
  • Reducing the heavy bleeding with medications, surgical procedures, or other treatments

A major goal of treatment is to prevent anemia.

Amenorrhea (Lack of Menstruation)

The treatment options for amennorhea are aimed at:

  • Identifying and treating underlying conditions
  • Restoring hormonal imbalances
  • Identifying lifestyle factors that may be causing the absence of a menstrual period

Treatment for menstrual disorders involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Other treatments
Alternative and complementary therapies


Abnormal uterine bleeding. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated August 15, 2012. Accessed August 20, 2012.

Amenorrhea. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: Updated July 15, 2012. Accessed August 20, 2012.

Menstruation and the menstrual cycle fact sheet. Office on Women's Health website. Available at: Updated October 21, 2009. Accessed August 20, 2012.

Last reviewed September 2015 by Andrea Chisholm, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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