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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 Zenon Andreou

"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 Zenon Andreou

Dr Zenon Andreou

"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 Zenon Andreou

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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: 29/10/2019 by Dr Simran Deo