What is Hypermenorrhea?

Hypermenorrhea is a medical condition in which the menstrual cycle is abnormally prolonged, heavy and frequent. It is often accompanied by symptoms like cramping, abdominal pain, back pain, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. The hormonal balance in the body may be affected, leading to a raise in estrogen. Other related conditions include amenorrhea, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome.


Some of the common causes of hypermenorrhea include:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Adenomyosis
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Intrauterine device
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Cancer of the reproductive organs
  • Medications like anticoagulants
  • Psychological factors


Hypermenorrhea is typically diagnosed by a gynecologist. The doctor will perform a physical examination, including a pelvic exam. He or she will also review your medical history and the symptoms that you are experiencing. Your doctor may also order tests such as blood tests or an ultrasound to help confirm the diagnosis.


Treatment for hypermenorrhea may include medications, such as birth control pills, to control the menstrual flow. Hormones may also be prescribed to help regulate the hormone levels. Surgery may be necessary to remove fibroids or polyps. If the condition is caused by a thyroid disorder, then medications may be prescribed to help regulate the body’s hormones.

It is important to speak with your doctor to find the most suitable treatment plan for your specific condition.