Heavy menstrual bleeding limitations

Signs and Symptoms

Is your menstrual bleeding excessive?

If you’ve experienced one or more of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor. Your heavy periods could be the result of a condition called abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) or menorrhagia.

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How to recognize if your periods are heavier than normal

Common symptoms of abnormal menstruation include:
  • bleeding that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
  • bleeding so heavy you need to double up on sanitary protection
  • bleeding that causes you to change protection during the night
  • a period lasting longer than seven days
  • menstrual flow containing large blood clots
  • heavy periods that interfere with your regular lifestyle (i.e. physical activities, sexual intimacy, career, recreation, self-confidence)
  • constant pain in your lower abdomen during your period
  • severe cramps or headaches during your period
  • irregular periods
  • tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath (symptoms of anemia)
  • depression or moodiness during your period

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Higher risk patients

Certain women carry a greater risk of AUB. This high-risk group can include women who:
  • have a history of hormonal imbalance
  • suffer from thyroid problems or diabetes
  • are over 35
  • are young, and experienced their first period 12-18 months ago
  • come from a family with a history of bleeding disorders