What is Heavy Bleeding?
Heavy periods can interfere with nearly every aspect of daily life.
Generally speaking, periods are considered “heavy” if there is enough bleeding to soak through sanitary protection every hour for several hours in a row, or if your period lasts longer than seven days.
Clinically, a period with bleeding totaling over 1/3 cup (80ml) is considered heavy or excessive
Do I have heavy menstrual bleeding?
Most women experience heavy menstrual bleeding at some point in their lives. However, nearly 1 in 5 women experience heavy bleeding with almost every cycle – this is known as menorrhagia. While every period is different, common symptoms of menorrhagia include:
- Needing to double the number of sanitary products for your protection
- Bleeding longer than 7 days
- Needing to change your sanitary protection during the night
- Passing large blood clots in your flow
- Soaking through your sanitary protection every hour for several hours in a row
You may also feel weak, tired, and have no energy. Many women also say that excessive menstrual bleeding makes it difficult to work, exercise, and to be socially and sexually active.