What are the iatrogenic causes of menorrhagia?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018
  • Author: Julia A Shaw, MD, MBA, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Iatrogenic causes of menorrhagia include IUDs, steroid hormones, chemotherapy agents, and medications (eg, anticoagulants). Consider the following:

  • IUDs can cause increased menstrual bleeding and cramping due to local irritation effects.

  • Steroid hormones and chemotherapy agents disrupt the normal menstrual cycle, which is restored easily upon cessation of the products.

  • Anticoagulants decrease clotting factors needed to cease any normal blood flow, including menses. This type of menorrhagia also is easily reversible.


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