The Midwest Center for Women’s HealthCare understands how difficult and embarrassing it can be to deal with heavy bleeding during menstruation. In fact, one in five women suffers from heavy periods.
Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that lasts more than 7 days. It can also be bleeding that is very heavy. How do you know if you have heavy bleeding? If you need to change your tampon or pad after less than 2 hours or you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger, that is heavy bleeding. If you have this type of bleeding, you should see a doctor.
Signs of Heavy Periods
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.