Heavy periods are when your periods are consistently heavy; so much so that they interfere with your daily life. The medical name for it is menorrhagia. Around a third of women in the UK say they get heavy periods.

About Heavy Periods

The amount of blood lost during a period varies between women. On average, you’ll probably lose between 30 and 40ml of blood (two to three tablespoons). But if your periods are heavy, you might lose much more than this.

Doctors class heavy periods as when you lose 80ml of blood (or more) each period. But as you can imagine, this is very difficult to measure, so heavy periods aren’t diagnosed this way. The diagnosis has more to do with how much your periods interfere with your life both emotionally and physically.

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