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Treatments for Menstrual Disorders

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 amenorrhea 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 changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapies


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Amenorrhea. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116009/Amenorrhea. Updated March 14, 2016. Accessed September 15, 2016.
Menstruation and the menstrual cycle fact sheet. Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/menstruation.html. Updated December 23, 2014. Accessed September 15, 2016.

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