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Signs of Menorrhagia

It’s difficult to define exactly what a heavy period is because it varies from woman to woman. Heavy for 1 woman may be normal for another.

Most women will lose less than 16 teaspoons of blood (80ml) during their period, with the average being around 6 to 8 teaspoons.

Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as losing 80ml or more in each period, having periods that last longer than 7 days, or both.

But it’s not usually necessary to measure blood loss. Most women have a good idea of how much bleeding is normal for them during their period and can tell when this changes.

You might have menorrhagia if you:

  • Have a menstrual flow that soaks through one or more pads or tampons every hour for several hours in a row.
  • Need to double up on pads to control your menstrual flow.
  • Need to change pads or tampons during the night.
  • Have menstrual periods lasting more than 7 days.
  • Have a menstrual flow with blood clots the size of a quarter or larger.
  • Have a heavy menstrual flow that keeps you from doing the things you would do normally.
  • Have constant pain in the lower part of the stomach during your periods.
  • Are tired, lack energy, or are short of breath.

When to see a doctor:

Seek medical help before your next scheduled exam if you experience:

  • Vaginal bleeding so heavy it soaks at least one pad or tampon an hour for more than two hours
  • Bleeding between periods or irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Any vaginal bleeding after menopause
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