Signs That Your Menstrual Period Is Abnormally Heavy



The formal definition has to do with exactly how much blood you lose, which is very difficult for a patient to evaluate. Instead your gyno will determine heavy bleeding by the following questions: Do you have a need for double protection to manage menstrual bleeding?  Does your menstrual cycle flow cause you a sensation of “gushing” or “flooding”? Do you ever thoroughly soak one pad and/or tampon or more per hour for three or more consecutive hours? Do you need to arise at night regularly during your menstrual period needing to change the tampon or sanitary pad at night or do you regularly soil your bedding? Does your menstrual bleeding ever get so heavy that the it affects work, school, or social activities? The blood lost during a normal menstrual cycle is venous blood, it can clot, and usually appears dark in color. The amount of clotting may not be a very accurate sign of the amount of bleeding, but clotting can definitely cause pain as the clots passing the cervix cause the cervix to stretch and this stretch is what is hurting. Painful periods do not always have the same underlying cause as periods that are heavy. For women who have heavy menstrual bleeding, you may be interested in screening for one of the Clinical Research Trials at Women’s Health Practice. Call 217-356-3736.

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