Top Signs Your Menstrual Bleeding Is Too Heavy

Heavy bleeding is experienced by as many as 10 million American women every year and is commonly brought up with their gynecologists. The medical terminology used to describe the condition is menorrhagia, which is diagnosed if excessive bleeding continues for more than seven days. 

When heavy untreated bleeding is not addressed, it interferes with comfortable daily living, which can potentially cause anemia, a condition of iron deficiency. Anemia leads to fatigue, which can be considered one of the main concerns related to heavy bleeding. Invasive procedures that remove the tissue of the uterus are employed to stop the bleeding. 

So how much blood loss constitutes anemia? If the period flow is more than 80 ml, it could indicate the development of anemia. However, a consistent heavy period every month without other distressing health symptoms is normal for young women. 

In most cases, irregular periods and occasional heavy bleeding does not pose a major health risk. When girls are in their adolescence, their periods start off being irregular  or heavy because the hormonal cycle has not yet been fully developed. 

For adults, when the irregularity is accompanied with heavy period flow and when bleeding occurs after the menstrual cycle ends, it could turn problematic. However, the definition of heavy flow varies from woman to woman according to each person’s preference. Some women change their tampon or pad the moment they spot blood or every time they use the loo, which is why the correct signs of your periods being too heavy are important to know. 

Here are some of the top worrying and legitimate signs that indicate heavy bleeding is a cause for concern. 

  1. Bleeding for more than a week is not normal.
  2. When you have to change your pad every hour because it is soaking wet. 
  3. When you wake up in the middle of the night to change the pad or tampon. 
  4. Using double or more sanitary tools to contain excessive menstrual flow. 
  5. When you can spot blood clots in your flow. 
  6. Inability to go about the day normally without physical limitations. 
  7. Breathlessness or fatigue. 
  8. Pregnancy could cause heavy bleeding. 
  9. Painful menstrual cramps. 

Some of the causes are fibroids, endometrial polyps, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cancer and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

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