Periods are a very personal thing, and every woman perceives them differently. Some women would call a few days of having to use regular tampons heavy, while others would call bleeding through a super tampon every day normal. Heavy periods can lead to anemia and they could be a sign of serious health issues, and if you have one, it is important to schedule an appointment to visit your OBGYN in Venice. With all of these different perceptions about what a heavy period is, how do you find out if you actually have one?

The real definition of a heavy period is one that lasts upwards of 7 days or a period in which you lose 80 ml of blood or more. While it is easy to count how many days your period has lasted, it isn’t so easy to measure how much you have bled. Don’t worry, no one is expecting your to wring out your sanitary products in a measuring cup, there is another, less clinical definition of a heavy period that you will find helpful. Do you find yourself changing out your tampon or pad every hour, or do you regularly bleed through your sanitary products, even with persistent changing? If so, there is a good chance that you probably have a period that is heavier than average, but what exactly does that mean?

Lots of things can cause you to have heavy periods, some of which include hormonal imbalances, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical polyps, and IUDs. Heavy periods may be a part of your normal cycle, but they could also be an indicator of a more serious problem. If you feel that your periods are abnormally heavy, then give University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology a call. Our doctor can help you to determine if treatment is necessary.