Heavy periods are the worst. They’re draining. They’re annoying. And sometimes they really hurt! A heavy period, also called menorrhagia, can be caused bya ton of things — changes in hormone levels, weight loss or gain, changes in diet and exercise routines, medical conditions and more. If your answer tomany of these questions is yes, consider talking to your doctor about menorrhagia.7 Symptoms of Menorrhagia
What to Do About Menorrhagia
- Is your period heavier than usual? Does it last longer?
- Does your bleeding soak through a pad or tampon every hour for two or more hours back to back?
- Noticing sudden gushes in your flow? Are there large blood clots?
- Do you need to wake up to change pads at night?
- Are you bleeding for a week or longer?
- Do you restrict what you do in your daily life because of the heavy menstrual bleeding?
- Are you feeling symptoms of anemia (fatigue or shortness of breath)?
It’s important to talk to your doctor. He or she may want to do a physical examination. They may recommend a Pap smear or blood tests to check on your ironcount or thyroid. They can help you much better when they understand what else is going on in your body.
When you see your doctor, bring a record of your symptoms, notes about when your period begins and ends, how many pads and tampons you use in a day, andwhether they are soaked through. All that information will help your doctor know as much as possible before making a diagnosis.
In the meantime, make sure to protect yourself from leaks during heavy menstrual bleeding. There are a variety of Always pads designed for heavy flow days.Try Always Maxi Maximum Protection with wings during the day and Always Maxi Extra Heavy Overnight with Wings or Always Infinity Overnight with wings for overnight protection.