How much is too much? Heavy periods are common and do not always indicate that something is wrong with your menstrual health. Your flow may vary from month to month, and can be affected by lifestyle, diet and hormonal changes.
Periods are different for each woman, so it’s difficult to define what a normal period or heavy period is. Try this self-assessment on heavy periods, to see how many factors that define a heavy period apply to you:
There are ways to manage heavy periods so that they don‘t disturb your daily life, and we show you simple solutions here.
Heavy periods (also often known as menorrhagia) describe an excessive amount of blood lost during menstruation. In most cases there is no real cause for heavy periods, and they can often be a natural variation that may only last a few cycles.
For some women, heavy menstrual bleeding is caused by a hormonal disruption or a condition such as endometriosis or fibroids. If you are concerned about a very heavy flow that is causing problems in your life, visit your doctor for a health check.
All women are different, but your period can be considered heavy if you are:
Blood loss can be difficult to measure but menstrual cups can help you to easily measure your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups collect your flow, and have clear measurement lines so you can see how much blood is lost.
Heavier bleeding on the first two days of your period is very normal. If you find that your flow is heavy for five days or more, it could be a sign of heavy periods. Keeping track of your period will help you to see how long and heavy your flow is.
Many women find that their heavy flow does not need medical treatment, and instead finding the right menstrual hygiene product can make period life easy and comfortable. Menstrual cups are a healthy menstrual alternative and are especially good for women with heavy periods.
If you have an unusually heavy period that you cannot manage, visit your doctor for a check up. Oral contraceptives, hormone supplements and surgery are treatments for abnormally heavy bleeding, so keep track of your flow and visit a doctor if in doubt.
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