Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia is a common condition defined by heavy menstrual bleeding (soaking or flooding tampons or pads) that can sometimes be prolonged, lasting more than 7 days. Episodes of menorrhagia can start with the onset of the first period, or can worsen with time. Patients can have significant problems with anemia, fatigue and menstrual hygiene, and activities of daily living with recurrent and prolonged episodes of menorrhagia. Some patients with bleeding disorders may require blood transfusions if not properly diagnosed or if their bleeding disorder is not properly managed.

How the Menorrhagia Clinic Can Help the Adolescent

Menorrhagia clinic at UIHC coordinates care between our Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology team and our Pediatric Hematology team. The clinic’s hematologist can identify any underlying bleeding disorder and provide proper treatment. Our pediatric gynecologists oversee treatment for gynecological causes of menorrhagia.

Hours and Appointments

The Adolescent Menorrhagia clinic appointments can be scheduled every other Wednesday morning. If you or your referring provider feel that your daughter may have a bleeding disorder, please schedule your preliminary evaluation with Pediatric Hematology by calling 1-800-272-3547 or 319-356-4277. If a bleeding disorder is not suspected, please call 319-356-1767 to schedule an appointment with Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. Cross referrals will be made as necessary.

Research

In addition to the family-focused clinical care at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, ongoing research enables us to offer patients the most advanced therapies and treatments. Our goal is to learn more about how common and rare gynecological conditions specifically affect young women and to provide comprehensive and cutting edge care We continually aim to improve the care of our bleeding disorder patients.

For more information on clinical research, please contact Tracy Peters at 319-356-0529 or tracy-peters@uiowa.edu.

Health Information

    Locations and Contact

    • UI Hospitals and Clinics
      31500Z Pomerantz Family Pavilion
      200 Hawkins Drive
      Iowa City, Iowa 52242
      In House Directions: Elevator M, Level 3
      Hours
      • Every other Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon
      Contact
      • Phone: 319-356-1767
      • Preliminary Evaluation: 1-800-272-3547 or 319-356-4277

    Care Team

    Other Team Members

    Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Team:

    • Lois Holz, RN
    • Beth Isley, RN
    • Tena Kapp, RN

    Pediatric Bleeding and Clotting Disorder Team:

    • Michelle Krantz, RN
    • Karla Watkinson, RN
    • Julie Youngblut, RN