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Heavy periods - what causes them and what can you do?

Dr Louisa Draper

"During a normal period you should lose between 30 and 40 ml of blood per month. While five days is an average duration for a period, some women find that their periods last up to eight days. "

Dr Louisa Draper

Heavy or prolonged periods are a common problem. Your periods are usually considered to be heavy if you lose an ‘excessive’ amount of blood every time you have a period. Heavy bleeding can be a symptom by itself, or you might also experience period pain and other symptoms at the same time.