Heavy Periods

Heavy bleeding can disrupt your daily life and can be quite distressing, but you don’t have to ‘put up with it’

There are several options including hormonal, non-hormonal and surgical.

How do you know if your bleeding is too heavy?

The best guide to decide this is whether your period is impacting your quality of life. Is it interrupting your daily activities, leading to time off work, or causing you stress or anxiety?

Signs of heavy bleeding can include;

  • bleeding or ‘flooding’ not contained within a super pad or tampon
  • changing a pad/tampon every hour or less
  • changing a pad overnight
  • clots greater than a 50-cent piece in size
  • bleeding for more than seven to eight days

Adverse effects of heavy bleeding can include;

  • fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, pale appearance
  • low iron levels
  • cramping and pain in the lower abdomen
  • anxiety about ‘leaks’ onto clothing

There are several treatment options available to help you cope with heavy periods, your gynaecologist can explain which treatment option would be best for you.

If you need further information, Jean Hailes has an excellent article which outlines how to know if your bleeding is too heavy, potential causes, diagnosis and treatment options.

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