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Updated 18 September 2015

Heavy periods?

Many women suffer from heavy periods, with blood loss exceeding 80ml per cycle. When should you see a doctor?

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Menorrhagia can also be defined as a deviation from your normal menstrual pattern. 

Symptoms and signs:

 - Excessive menstrual flow (which varies greatly between women)

 - If your menstrual flow is soaking through enough sanitary towels or tampons to require changing them more than every hour or two, or your period lasts longer than seven days, you are probably experiencing menorrhagia

- Large clots of blood may pass. (Occasional clots are a normal part of menstruation - they are part of the uterine lining being shed.)

 - Paleness and fatigue (anaemia) due to excessive blood loss

 - Pain or having the feeling of heaviness in the pelvic region

Consult your doctor if you experience unusual heavy bleeding for longer than 24 hours, if a period lasts more than seven days and/or if periods are less than 21 days apart (unless that's normal for you).

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Heavy periods
Menopause

 
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