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

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, with most losing less than 80ml during this time. While five days is an average duration for a period, some women find that their periods last up to eight days." - Dr Louisa Draper

Dr Louisa Draper

"During a normal period you should lose between 30 and 40 ml of blood per month, with most losing less than 80ml during this time. While five days is an average duration for a period, some women find that their periods last up to eight days."

Dr Louisa Draper

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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. 

Last reviewed: 29.10.19 by Dr Simran Deo