Heavy menstruation: Causes & tips for menorrhagia

Although menstruation is a natural part of a woman's life, many still feel uncertain when they experience heavy menstrual bleeding. When the period is heavier than usual, many wonder: How much blood is actually normal? We have the answers.\nIf you have ever closely observed your menstrual cycle, you may have noticed variations. It could be in the cycle length or the occurrence of symptoms. Sometimes the period is longer or shorter, heavier or barely noticeable. What we mean to say is that you are unique, and so is your body. So, if you notice a heavy bleeding episode, there is no reason to worry. Often, it is an isolated incident. However, some women generally experience heavy menstrual bleeding, which is called menorrhagia. If you are unsure how to manage your menstrual pain, feel free to check out our tips on menstrual pain.

Heavy Bleeding? Here's how you can navigate it

In medicine, there are certain reference values you can use as a guide: During a "normal" menstruation, you lose approximately 40 to 50 ml of blood within three to five days. That's slightly more than a large shot glass at 4 cl. If you have to change your tampon or pad less frequently than every two hours, it is considered a "normal" bleeding. A heavy period lasts about five to seven days. You lose more than 80 ml of blood per cycle, which is more than two shot glasses, and you need to change your hygiene products more frequently than every two hours.

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Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

The causes of menorrhagia are diverse. Often, hormonal disorders (an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, also known as corpus luteum hormone) are underlying. Another common reason is endometriosis, a benign but very painful chronic condition that many women suffer from. Fibroids, polyps, or even infections can also trigger heavy menstrual bleeding. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a trusted doctor for advice if you feel uncomfortable due to your heavy period, if you are concerned, or if you are being affected. Medical assistance is rarely necessary.

What Products Can You Use on Heavy Days?

On heavy days, you often feel uncomfortable and want a comfortable alternative to tampons. femtis Period Panties offer you a comfortable and secure protection even during heavier days. Our High Waist Period Panty JULE is our strongest panty and can absorb up to three tampons' worth of fluid with its five-layer design. The absorbent layer extends to the back and provides full protection even when sitting for a long time or at night. Do you want a milder version of Jule? LENE and RUNA offer you an absorbency of up to 2.5 tampons in a classic cotton cut. Our Lace Panty DANA also holds 2.5 tampons and impresses with its elegant look featuring lace details, available in black and blue.