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How do I Know I Have a Heavy Periods?

October 19, 2023

It's normal to wonder if your period flow is unusually heavy. If you're concerned, there are clear signs to look out for. Understanding these can help you figure out if it's time to talk to a doctor.

5 Signs of a Heavy Period

  1. Long Periods: While periods typically last 2-7 days, bleeding for longer means more overall blood loss. If your periods consistently last more than a week, it might be considered heavy.
  2. Frequent Pad/Tampon Changes: Changing your sanitary napkin or tampon every hour or two signifies a heavy flow. If you find yourself soaking through more than 4-5 pads or tampons a day, it's worth paying attention to.
  3. Large Blood Clots: Seeing occasional small blood clots in your period blood is normal. However, frequently passing large blood clumps (bigger than a quarter)  is one sign of a heavier-than-typical flow.
  4. Symptoms of Anemia:   Heavy periods can lower your iron levels. If you feel symptoms like tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, pale skin, or dizziness, especially during your period, it could be caused by anemia.
  5. It's Affecting Your Daily Life: Does your heavy flow make going to work, school, or social events hard? Then it's likely more than just a minor annoyance and worth addressing.

Don't Just Put Up With It!

Remember, everyone's periods are different. But if any of these signs sound familiar,  it's best to consult a doctor. It's not something you have to live with simply. They can diagnose any underlying causes and discuss solutions to help you manage heavy periods and regain control.