Issues of Women’s Health can be touchy subjects, or just difficult and uncomfortable for some women to talk about, so it’s not at all surprising that many women have questions about their periods. Specifically, there can be some confusion as to what is considered to be “normal” during your period. Every woman is unique and their bodies respond differently during their monthly cycles, so what is normal for one person may not be normal for another. With that said, there are some guidelines for what is considered to be a normal period versus a heavy period.
Characteristics of a Normal Period
A normal period will last for 3 to 5 days and bleeding will occur approximately every 21 to 35 days. The amount of blood lost is usually around 2 to 3 tablespoons.
Characteristics of a Heavy Period
A heavy period is characterized by bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days and passing clots that are roughly the size of a quarter or larger. In these situations, additional protection will likely be required, as tampons and pads will need to be changed more frequently.
Heavy periods can also affect your daily activities and take a toll on you physically, emotionally, and socially. Feeling tired and nauseated, experiencing cramps and headaches, and feelings of depression, anxiety, moodiness, and diminished confidence can all be signs that your period is heavier than normal. Signs that your period is affecting your social life include missing work, social events, and having your relationships with family and friends become strained as a result of your symptoms.
While there is certainly some variation in what is considered to be normal, you should talk with your doctor if you are at all concerned about your period. A heavy period can be more than an inconvenience and, in some cases, can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
The Good News
The good news for women who suffer from heavy periods is there are treatment options available! If you are in the Athens, GA area and have questions or concerns about your period, The Ashford Center is here for you! We specialize in treating women in their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s who are experiencing heavy periods and PMS symptoms. Give us a call today at (706) 353-2550 to learn more and schedule an appointment.