Health Tip: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

(HealthDay News) -- Unusually heavy menstrual bleeding, medically known as menorrhagia, can be caused by a variety of factors.

Here are common causes, courtesy of the University of Virginia Health System:

  • Hormonal or chemical imbalances.
  • Platelet disorders.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Uterine fibroids.
  • An abnormal pregnancy.
  • Abnormalities in the pelvis, including infections, tumors or polyps.
  • Some birth control methods, including IUD.
  • Liver, kidney or thyroid disease.