At various stages and times in life, your menstrual periods may become heavy and uncomfortable. This could simply be due to environmental changes such as stress, entering a new stage in life, and other possible medical conditions. While heavy periods can be frustrating and even painful, there are many ways to manage them. Keep reading below for more information on heavy and constant menstrual periods.
Are My Periods Abnormally Heavy?
A heavy period, medically termed menorrhagia, is defined as more than 80 mL of blood loss in one period. This can be dangerous because it can lead to an iron deficiency and low blood count. Women normally have a period ranging from three to five days and produce between 10 – 35 mL of fluid.
A normal sanitary product can hold about 5 mL (one tablespoon) of fluid, and a maxi or super tampon holds about 10 mL. During your period, you can keep track of how many tampons or pads you use and the quantity of fluid left on each, such as:
2. Normal flow
3. Moderately heavy
4. Heavy with clots
It is also a good idea to record the days of your cycle or any breaks in the bleeding. This can help a doctor identify the cause of your heavy periods.
What Causes Heavy Menstrual Periods?
It is still uncertain what causes heavy menstrual periods, although heavy periods are most common in teens who are in their first years of menstruating and women who are perimenopausal. Heavy menstrual bleeding occurs 25% of the time at the beginning of perimenopause because of the fluctuation of hormone levels.
Heavy and constant menstrual bleeding can also be a result of different types of infections, growths, or underlying disorders. For example, heavy and constant periods may be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). If your periods are constant, painful, or both, it is best to see a doctor to get your hormone levels measured and to eliminate the possibility of an underlying condition.
How to Manage Heavy and Constant Menstrual Periods
If you continue to have heavy periods, make sure to change your sanitary wear often and always carry extra in your purse or backpack. In addition, you should consult your doctor or gynecologist. With the guidance of your doctor, you can consider lifestyle changes, alternative medicines, and medications as ways to help alleviate symptoms.
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