If you experience abnormally heavy and/or prolonged menstrual bleeding, it is important to contact your health care provider. Here are some questions—some that your health care provider may ask, and some that may be helpful for you to ask. These questions may give you a better idea of what to expect regarding menorrhagia diagnosis and treatment for menorrhagia.

General Health Questions to Help Diagnose Menorrhagia

  • What is your current age?
  • Are you in good overall health?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you get regular exercise?
  • Do you drink alcohol?
  • Do you or have you ever used illegal substances?
  • Have you been diagnosed with an acute illness? If so, what treatments are you currently undergoing?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a chronic illness? If so, what treatments have you received in the past or are you currently undergoing?
  • Are you sexually active? If so, what method(s) of birth control do you use now or have you used in the past?
  • Are you pregnant, or might you be pregnant?
  • Have you ever been pregnant? If so, how many pregnancies have you had and what was the outcome of each pregnancy?
  • How long ago was your last pregnancy?
  • Have you recently been ill or injured, for example, in a car accident?
  • Have you recently undergone surgery?
  • Have you had a recent infection of the urinary tract (UTI) or reproductive tract?
  • Do you take any over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications or supplements (e.g., aspirin, estrogen, anticoagulant medication, antiplatelet medication)?
  • Do you experience abdominal or pelvic pain, painful menstruation, or pain during sexual intercourse?
  • Have you noticed any growths or lesions in your genital area, blood in your stools, or that you bleed more easily than normal?

Questions about Your Menstrual Cycle

  • At what age did you have your first menstrual period?
  • When was your last menstrual period?
  • How many days does your period usually last?
  • How would you describe your usual menstrual flow?
  • How long is your typical menstrual cycles?
  • Are you experiencing irregularities in your menstrual cycle? (For example, is your flow heavier than normal? Has your period lasted longer than normal?) If so, how has this (or other) periods been different from your normal menstrual cycle?
  • How long have you been experience atypical menstruation?
  • If your menstrual flow has been heavier than normal, how many sanitary pads or tampons have you needed to use per day?
  • What other symptoms do you have?

Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider about Menorrhagia

  • Do my symptoms indicate menorrhagia?
  • Do you recommend that I keep a menstruation calendar to help diagnose my atypical menstrual periods?
  • Do you recommend that I take an iron supplement to help treat or prevent anemia?
  • What types of tests will I need to confirm the diagnosis and determine the underlying cause for my condition?
  • Is my condition severe enough to cause serious complications?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Which particular treatment(s) do you recommend and why?
  • What are the potential benefits, risks, and side effects of this treatment?
  • How long might it take for this treatment to reduce my symptoms?
  • If this treatment is unsuccessful, what might we try next?
  • Might I need surgery for my condition? Why or why not?
  • If surgery is recommended, what are my options?

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at HealthCommunities.com

Published: 06 Jan 2011

Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011