My Period is Suddenly Really Heavy... Should I Be Worried?
This is a question we get asked a lot. There are many reasons as to why you are experience heavy bleeding during your period. Abnormal periods cause heavier bleeding patterns, blood clots and gushes and an increase in pain. It can become pretty overwhelming scrolling through Google looking for a self diagnosis. What is important to note is that the symptoms of a changed period aren’t going to be a ‘one-diagnosis-fits-all answer. We answered the question as simply as possible on our Instagram feed and here below we will explain a little further! What is important is that if you are noticing you are suffering from some or all of these symptoms, it is imperative that we see you for treatment. All you need is a referral from your GP to see Dr Elgey.
Let’s get to it!
What Should a “Normal” Period Feel Like?
Menstruation typically falls on a 28 day cycle, but for some women this can be up to 35 days and be normal if they the periods remain regular. The average period will have a blood loss of between 30-40mL but can be up to 80mL. The bleeding will be heavier on the first two to three days of the cycle, meaning you will be changing your pad, tampon or menstrual cup at least once every four hours. You will know if you have heavy period bleeding as you will be changing your sanitary products more often.
48-24 Hours Prior to Menstruation
Leading up to your period it is normal to feel a little bloated, achy in your lower back and lower pelvic region and even in your thighs. Headaches can be common just prior to menstruation due to the sudden drop in hormones.
You may have fresh pink spotting leading up to your period. Sometimes you’ll see this when on toilet paper when you wipe. This is normal. Not every woman will experience the pink bleed, many will go straight into the full effect of dark red, fresh bleeding. This is the first day of your cycle.
A cycle typically lasts 5-7 days but for some women it may last 3-5 days.
Help!, My Periods are Heavier than Before!
If you’re suddenly experiencing a heavier blood loss than you normally would, that is when we want to see you. Menorrhagia – ‘heavy period – can be the onset of something changing within your body. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you are suffering from heavy clots and gushes of blood we need to investigate. Symptoms such as these may mean you are: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Approaching Menopause
- Have a uterine fibroid (Don’t panic just yet! One third of women are likely to experience a uterine fibroid in their lifetime)
- Your new contraception is not yet agreeing with you (Common after an IUD insertion)
- Suffering from undiagnosed Adenomyosis – The endometriosis of the uterus. Adenomyosis occurs when the cells from the inner lining of the uterus manage to migrate into the uterus’ muscular wall. It’s not uncommon but is particularly painful and causes seriously heavy bleeding and pain not like the nature of regular period pain. Adenomyosis won’t go away on it’s on and will remain until you reach menopause. If you are diagnosed with Adenomyosis, surgery can treat this.
Okay, I Want to Solve This ASAP
Great! And we want to help you. Keep in mind, the longer you leave this you are also at risk of suffering from iron deficiency anaemia from the heavier blood loss. You may feel lethargic and irritable, look a little paler and can feel faint on standing.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, let’s book you in to See Dr Elgey. See your GP for a referral and call our rooms on 3344-1656 to discuss booking in with us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀