Every woman’s period is different, some lasting only a few days with a light flow, others last a week with a heavier flow. But each person normally has a relatively similar flow each month and it is hard to know whether you have what is considered to be heavy menstrual bleeding, or menorrhagia.
What is a period?
A period is the part of the menstrual cycle when a woman bleeds from her vagina for a few days. In most women this happens every 28 days or so. It’s common for women to have a cycle that occurs earlier or later than this (between 24 and 35 days). Girls have their first period when they start puberty.
What is a Typical Period?
During a typical period a woman loses approximately 6 to 8 teaspoons, or 35 ml., of blood, although yours may be a little lighter or heavier than this. To be considered menorrhagia, doctors look for blood loss of about 80 ml which is 16.23 teaspoons.
How can I know if my flow is Heavy?
Ladies do not really have any way of actually measuring the blood flow hence, it is normally impossible to know if the period is “typical.” You can somewhat measure your flow by how many and how often you change your tampon or pad. According to epigee.org, normally soaked regular tampon holds approximately 5 ml. of blood and super or maxi pads hold about 10 ml. Using these amounts as a guideline, you can measure your flow by the number of tampons or pads you need throughout your period.
Additional signs include:
- Needing to change your tampon or pad hourly or you need to use a tampon and a pad together for more than a few hours
- Having periods that last for more than one week
- Excessive tiredness or lethargy during your period, which can be a sign of anemia from losing too much blood
- Bleeding more than once a month
- The amount of bleeding or pain from cramping interferes with your daily life or causes you to miss school or work
- Your period begins without warning.
Puberty menorrhagia is seen in younger girls as frequently have heavier periods due to changes in hormonal levels but this normally levels off as she matures. This may occur again when a woman reaches the years shortly before menopause, as hormonal levels again fluctuate from month to month.
It is important that ladies keep a record of their flow. This becomes helpful in terms of determining if your flow is heavy or normal.
- Keep track of how often you change your pads
- How long your pads stay
- Write down whether you have cramps and how many days the cramps or other symptoms, such as headaches lasts.
- Keep the list as it would help the Doctor’s diagnosis.
Once you have kept tab for a few months (say 3 months), pay your gynecologist(a physician who specializes in treating disease of the female reproductive organs as well as female healthcare in general) a visit. In the case of pain, an analgesic like paracetamol can be taken to reduce the pain.
Leave it for the gynecologist to treat
..The physician is there for the sick
Please do not attempt to treat yourself as their may be other factors that the doctor would examine that you won’t be able to.
stay Healthy always
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“Heavy Periods,” Date Unknown, Staff Writer, epigee.org
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