One of the most common period questions is, “is the heavy bleeding during my period abnormal?” Well the quick answer is probably not; in fact many women experience heavy or longer than average periods. However, if this is occurring for you, it is recommended that you visit your doctor to discuss this.
Heavy Bleeding During Period Symptoms
When it comes to heavy bleeding during your period, there are certain symptoms and signs that you likely will experience. They are:
- Is your period longer than 7 days?
- Is your period so heavy it requires you to change your pad/tampon every two hours or less?
- Is your period accompanied by gushing or blood clots?
If you’re wondering, “why is my period so heavy?” there are a number of different reasons why. Heavy bleeding during your period is typically experienced by women of childbearing age. But young adolescents who have just experienced their first period and older women approaching menopause can also be susceptible to heavy bleeding. As always, contact your doctor for help, especially if you’re bleeding through tampons like Tampax Pearl Super Plus within 1-2 hours!
Heavy period flow may cause you to lose iron and make you anemic (weak and tired). If you’re concerned about your flow, keep a diary of your periods, including the number of pad/tampon changes and occurrences of gushes. This will help your doctor.
How to Help Alleviate Heavy Period Bleeding?
As mentioned, if you are experiencing a number of these symptoms, be sure to contact your doctor. But there are some at-home remedies that you can try to relieve your heavy period bleeding symptoms.
- Try using a cold compress
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to a glass of warm water or milk to drink
- Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water to drink
- Eat raspberries
- Add ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder to a warm glass of water to drink
These remedies have been known to alleviate the abdominal pain that is associated with heavy period bleeding. If you would like to learn more about heavy period bleeding, we also have a Tips & Advice article where Tampax breaks down everything you need to know about menorrhagia. Be sure to check it out!