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Abnormally Heavy Period

Heavy menstrual bleeding is usually caused by many factors and it is something you should not be taking lightly. There might be an existing condition you might be experiencing. These would include the following:

  • Hormonal imbalance: Altered hormonal imbalance would usually result to a fluctuation of the estrogen and progesterone level. This is why you have excessive bleeding.
  • Underlying reproductive disease or illness such as pelvic inflammatory disease and perhaps STD.
  • Stress: It usually precipitates and predisposes an individual to experience heavy menstruation bleeding.
  • Recovery from recent injury and operation such as abortion, miscarriage, and recent dilation and curettage procedure.
  • These invasive procedures would usually result to heavy bleeding.

What You Need to Do

When you are experiencing and going through excessive bleeding, here are some of a few things you can do to stop and to minimize it.

  • Elevate your legs
  • Place cold compress in your abdominal area
  • Relax and try not to stress yourself.
  • Avoid carrying or lifting any heavy objects. This would usually worsen the condition.
  • Avoid moving around, getting up and down, running around, and climbing up and down the stairs. This would usually cause strain and can worsen your bleeding.

Preventing Abnormal Heavy Periods

There are certain measures you can do to prevent this from happening to you and to avoid and as much as possible lessen the risk of further complications.

  • Eat healthy and nutritious food.
  • Observe proper and healthy daily lifestyle.
  • Load yourself with vitamins. Focus more on vitamins that has more effect in the blood level such as iron.
  • When taking iron supplements, take it with vitamin C to facilitate absorption and to prevent the risk of constipation.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and as much as possible get some rest at all times.

Bare in mind that any signs of excessive bleeding are something you should not be lenient of. It may be due to other condition that if left untreated can lead to major consequences.

When to Seek Medical Help

You must bear in mind the limitation and boundary point of your menstrual bleeding. Assess yourself by counting the number of soak pads you use within the span of 24 hours. If you soak 2 or 3 pads within just 2 hours and it continues further, there’s something you should look into and it is best that you seek medical assistance.

39 Comments

  1. kc said:

    I am 38 years old and suffering from heavy mensuration for the last 7 years. At the time of every monthly period, there is heavy clotting and flow of blood. It also lasts for 7 days. I used to change 6-7 pads right from morning 6.30 a.m. to night 11.30 p.m. The clotting comes to about 75-100 gms at every sitting. I feel very weak. I have also put on weight, about 10 kg. I need treatment that can relieve me of heavy menstrual bleeding.

    February 2, 2010
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  2. R said:

    I am 38 years old. Last month I got period for only 1 day, my period date was 10th Jan 2010 and now I got my period on 23rd Feb 2010. But it’s very heavy and am getting lots of clots. I am feeling very weak, what treatment should I take?

    February 25, 2010
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  3. BR said:

    I am 57 years old and was going through the menopause, when I started bleeding excessively, with heavy clotting since last two months. After examination, I was told that my uterus is bulky and the only way to solve the problem is to remove it. Please tell me what exactly can be my problem and is it life threatening. What are the causes of abnormal bleeding and what should I do.

    June 29, 2010
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  4. HD said:

    I am 26 years old and I am worried that since last three years I started bleeding excessively, with heavy clotting. I am single not married yet. I have this excessive menstruation bleeding some times for one month non stop.

    August 3, 2010
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  5. L R said:

    I’m 13 and my periods are starting to get really heavy, and I feel so weak. I’m worried too cause I haven’t got much pads left an I have already had to change my pad 2 times in an hour, and I have got no way of get in to the shops.

    August 7, 2010
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  6. Naomi said:

    I am 21 and I have extremely heavy bleeding. I am am very anemic, always feeling weak and get into so much pain I can’t walk, stand and sleep. Usually nothing helps with my pain. What do I do? To all the women suffering, take hot showers. Take a lot of iron and vitamins. Drink a lot of fluids. Exercise. Eat healthy foods. Eliminate stress and go see a doctor and gynecologist.

    October 7, 2010
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  7. Charmaine said:

    I have had painful menstruation my entire life. I’m 42 yrs old. I have always had a stressful environment. What I didn’t know was that my stress hormones where being manufactured in lieu of progesterone hormone.

    So, about years ago I went to a bio-dentical hormone doctor who prescribed progesterone cream. The pain was so bad I lost 5 days out of each month in productivity. Now I’m out of pain but just hitting pre-menopause. Anyway, I highly suggest to anyone suffering to go see a bio-hormone doctor in your area and have yourself accessed. Well worth it. I wish I had done so many moons ago.

    Good luck, Don’t suffer when you don’t have to.

    November 11, 2010
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  8. L S said:

    I am 19 years old and my period is very irregular, My last date for a period was Dec. 18th, 2009 and after nearly a year’s time, I had actually started spotting on the 28th but it was a very light pink color and would sometimes be a brownish color.

    It stopped on the 30th and it finally returned December 4th, 2010. Since the 5th, I have had severely heavy bleeding. I went through a Super plus tampon in just 1 hour and go through a regular size tampon in like 30 minutes. I bought overnight pads and went through that in about an hour’s time. I have been having a lot of clots too and prior to this period, I only had clots like twice. These clots have differed in sizes from being like 1/2 inch to 2 inches long. Is this normal? Is it heavy from being absent for so long? Should I see a doctor? Please help me!

    December 9, 2010
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  9. K E said:

    I am 18 and I’ve never liked my periods because there’s a lot of pain that comes with them. but there’s nothing some pills can’t handle. But this month the pills don’t help, my period is very heavy. That’s unusual for me, I came on two weeks before I was supposed to, before I came on I felt weak, now that I’m on I feel like I’m about to fall at times and I seem to be weak all the time.

    I can’t wear a regular tampon because in less than 20 minutes, I’m changing it again and it seeks down on to my panty liner, what’s wrong with me, even the overnight pads don’t last, that very unusual

    January 6, 2011
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  10. J W said:

    I am 42 and had heavy menses since Dec 12 till now, still it did not stop. Dr prescribed medicine for me is hormone pill and pill for stopping menses but still it has not stopped. can you please tell me is it perimenopause? but Doctor advised me to remove my uterus. The only thing I am not happy cause they can’t find anything in my uterus. Can please advised me what to do?

    January 11, 2011
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  11. L Y said:

    I’m 32 years old, I just recently went through the end of October 2010 into January 2011 and my period showed up. Before that I was experiencing some unusual feeling of moods. From there I was eating constantly and feeling very thirsty. After a week or so that is when I went into the restroom that was when I got my period. I didn’t feel anything and that very first day it was heavy flow. I have changed 3-5 pads every hour on the hour.

    January 21, 2011
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  12. JW said:

    I am 30 years old. I was this close to get my life back to normal by consuming iron tablet and eat proper food. Then I lost more blood again because of the period was still heavy. I had numerous of ultra sound for pelvis, abdomen and x-ray for stomach and did blood tests. They found that I have ovarian cyst and then it was gone when I went back for follow-up. Next thing, they told me that I have two small fibroids which are not that big serious. Now I am still having problem with heavy bleeding with clots. I am tired of going to different doctors. Will this problem continues for rest of my life without having kid(s) or sex? How can I stop it so I can have my life back to normal?

    February 11, 2011
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  13. NJ said:

    I started having heavy bleeding and clotting when I was 17 years old. I am a virgin, so i couldn’t figure out why it was happening. I also got up to 350 lbs, that was a big reason I think. Then I lost 100 lbs and the abnormal bleeding stopped. While I was bleeding, I couldn’t do anything because I had to worry about bleeding and I was getting weaker and weaker, despite taking vitamins and iron. Doctors could never tell me what was wrong and it got so bad, that by 22, I was very sick and probably would not have lived very long. I just had to change my lifestyle and what I was eating. For those who don’t have weight problem, I would recommend wearing tampons, doubling your iron intake (check with doctor), and seeing an OB-GYN (they might check for fibroid etc.). Also take cooler showers and eat healthy foods. If you are overweight, bringing your weight down is beneficial for your health.

    March 23, 2012
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  14. NN said:

    I am 36 years old and I have heavy periods every month for many many years now. My mom also bled a lot before she was told she had fibroid. At night I have to put a towel down in the bed. In the past 6 months I have been passing blood clots. I have also noticed just recently that I get this feeling of heaviness in my pelvic area and it almost feels like a clot is detaching and then that is my cue to go to the bathroom and pass the clot. The clots are a little larger than a silver dollar and I pass more than one at a time, more like 3 sometimes. My doctor recently switched me to the mini pill because my blood pressure was high. I am also anemic and have been for many years and I take Iron pills. Now that I have been wondering about the blood clots even more, I am researching to see what it could be. I hope somebody will relate to this and give some solution.

    April 3, 2012
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  15. kh said:

    I am 30 yrs old and I have been suffering from long periods for at least 10yrs. For the first 3 days the bleeding is heavy. After that for the next 5 days I have a regular flow. My doctor gave me birth control but I don’t want to take them because I would like to have children. I have a fibroid which may be the reason for excessive bleeding. Is there any home remedy to stop excessive flow?

    April 3, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Banana flower: banana flower is known to raise the level of progesterone and thus reduces excessive bleeding during menses. The flower is found at the end of cluster of bananas. It is used in many Asian cuisines. You can eat a cook banana flower with a cup of yogurt.
      Ashoka tree bark: is particularly valuable when excess bleeding is due to fibroids. Boil the 100 miiligram of the bark in half liter of water and 1 cup of milk. Let it boil till the liquid becomes one fourth. Now divide the liquid in 3 equal doses and drink each one dose in morning, afternoon and night. Start drinking after 4th day of the period.

      April 11, 2012
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  16. Kat said:

    I am 42 years old female, my menstrual cycle has changed in the past one year. The Second day of the cycle, I bleed profusely and can’t find the strength to do anything. I change tampons every 45 minutes on that day. It is always just a day of heavy bleeding and otherwise quite normal. Not sure if it is worth going to the doctor for that. What do you think?

    April 9, 2012
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  17. AMN said:

    I am 13 years old female and am worried because of my periods. They are very very heavy and they leak through everything I wear. It is causing me a lot of embarrassment. Please help me.

    April 16, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Changing hormone level or imbalance in hormones during the early pubertal age is the reason for heavy periods. It is a common problem faced by many girls in their teen age. The body may take time to adjust to such changes. Keep some patience for few cycles. Most of the time, the problem gets resolved on its own. Meanwhile you can eat cooked banana flower with curd or yogurt to reduce the flow during the time of menses.

      April 18, 2012
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  18. PT said:

    I am 26 year old female. I have irregular periods sometime. They are not too often. However, sometimes the bleeding continues for 2 to 3 weeks. Even more than one month at times. The best part is, unlike many of my friends I do not get pain during menses. Can you tell me why it is happening to me?

    April 29, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Most probably it is related to hormonal imbalance. It is very common in young age. Can you tell me the type of menstrual flow. Are there any clots accompanying with the flow? Do you have any other associated symptoms such as backache etc. Get a sonogram of pelvis done. It may reveal any abnormality in the reproductive organs if any. Also test for thyroid hormones. It is a simple blood test.

      April 30, 2012
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  19. Archi said:

    My daughter is now 12 years old and her periods started few months back. Her fourth menses is still going on for last 25 days. Doctors are not recommending any medicines for this. Is there any other way to shorten the period?

    June 2, 2012
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  20. DC said:

    I am 14. Ever since I started my period it is always heavy. I am too afraid to use tampons. I use sanitary pads every month. Also I have abdominal pain during my periods. Nothing works. I live with my dad so it very embarrassing to ask for pads. My period is so heavy that I can’t even keep my underwear clean. I am feeling miserable, what should I do.

    June 8, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Several home remedies are effective for severe menstrual bleeding. Cook one banana flower in curd and eat the mixture. Banana flower is known to increase the amount of progesterone hormone naturally and this will help in reducing your bleeding. Another remedy is to boil coriander seeds in water. When the water cools down add sugar to improve its taste. Drink one glass of this mixture two to three times in a day when there is heavy menses bleeding. If this fails, consult a gynecologist.

      June 8, 2012
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  21. Miz said:

    I have been bleeding for the last 50 days straight and have become severe anemic because of all the bleeding I have been having in the last year or so. I was taking Microgestin continuously to not have a period but my period hasn’t stopped. My gynecologist just switched me to Levora, 2 pills a day till the bleeding stops, and have just started it yesterday. For last 4 days I have been bleeding excessively and I don’t understand what the problem is and I don’t know what else to do. Please help me.

    June 11, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Since the gynecologist has started a new medicine since 1 day, have patience for the new medicine to work. What is your gynecologist’s opinion regarding your severe bleeding? You can take a second opinion with another gynecologist if you are too worried.

      June 12, 2012
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  22. Dee said:

    I am 36 years old and my periods have been so heavy since I had the implant taken out my arm. I bleed heavily from two weeks to a month for the last 6 weeks. The pain is intolerable just before I pass a huge clot some as big as 4 inches and always more than one. I am bleeding when I should be trying for a baby and don’t know how I can get pregnant. I just want to have a baby with my husband but it’s impossible to have sex.
    I am getting a scan next week from the infertility clinic as no one seems to know what’s wrong. I don’t know what to do and am wondering if there is any point as my iron level is so low now that I might have to get blood transfusion. I am waiting when this bleeding would stop and I might be able to start a family. Please can anyone help me?

    June 23, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Since you are having low hemoglobin level with heavy periods, the best remedial measure that is needed is to consult a good gynecologist. Try if you can do the sonogram (scan) of pelvis ahead of the schedule. This will help in diagnosing the cause for heavy menstrual bleeding. Meanwhile you can eat cooked banana flower with a cup of yogurt or curd. Banana flower is known to increase progesterone level which helps in controlling excessive bleeding. Also eat magnesium rich food such as water melon seeds, oat, pumpkin, sesame seeds. Include them in your diet but take it moderate quantity as too much may cause diarrhea.

      July 4, 2012
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  23. Fern said:

    I am 24 years old and I have heavy bleeding for more than 15 to 20 days in last three months. On 1st Apr ’12, my periods started as usual but then I found that it continued for 15 days. Then in the month of May ’12 there was no bleeding at all. Again in June’12 it started on 1st and stopped on 22nd or 24th. I am also under thyroid treatment. Can anyone tell me what exactly is happening with me?

    June 30, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Probably it is the imbalance in your hormones which is responsible for your menstrual irregularity. It can be because of thyroid problem. Many times after few irregular cycles, it becomes normal. But as you are also having thyroid problem, and if your menses does not become regular, you should talk to your doctor. He may suggest some prescription medicines and hormonal pills to regularize your menses. You can also eat steamed or boiled banana flower. It contains progesterone promoting properties which helps to control excessive menses in a natural way.

      July 17, 2012
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  24. TJ said:

    I am suffering from PCOS problem since 4 years. Due to this I am having frequent menstrual problems. I am not married and I am afraid this problem may affect my married life in future. I know it has something to do with hormone irregularity. I am not fat; I eat healthy food, do regular exercise. Is there any remedy for this problem?

    July 19, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      You need to do some tests such as sonogram of abdomen and pelvis, blood tests for hormones and blood sugar etc. You can know more about it when you consult a gynecologist. Here are few home remedies which are useful;
      • Eat foods having low glycemic value. This will prevent rapid rise of glucose in blood. Vegetables, oats, pulses, whole grains are some of them.
      • Avoid alcohol, coffee and too much of caffeinated drinks.
      • Cinnamon is a spice. It is an effective home remedy in PCOS problems. Use this spice in your food.
      • Herbs such as vitex, basil, mango tree bark, aloe vera, spearmint tea can be added in your daily diet. They help to control and balance the hormones and its activities in the body.

      July 19, 2012
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  25. Sal said:

    I am 22 years old and have been suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding for about 8 years. My docotr has suggested a hormonal pill for three months but it has worsened my problems. My periods are heavy and painful. They last up to 7 days disturbing all my activities. For me, consulting a gynecologist is expensive, so is there any remedy to get relief.

    July 24, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Usually the problem of irregular menses is frequent in late teens and early twenties. Mostly this is because the hormones are adjusting with the body. You should do sonography of pelvis which may reveal any abnormality if present. Home remedies such as banana flower is very useful to curtail excess of menstrual bleeding. All you have to do is boil a banana flower and eat small piece of it with cup of curd or yogurt.

      July 25, 2012
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  26. Laricia said:

    I’m 34 yrs old and have 2 children. I am having excessive bleeding during my periods and it started two months ago. Is there anything I can take to minimize or normalize this problem, medical or home remedies? Thanks.

    September 13, 2012
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    • TDR said:

      There are many hormonal pills available to reduce excessive bleeding during menses. However, I would advise you to try home remedies and natural medicines for few cycles.
      • Boil a cup of water and add two teaspoon of coriander. Add pinch of sugar. Strain the liquid and drink it two times in day.
      • Cook banana flower and eat a portion of it with milk. Banana flower contain natural progesterone effect which helps to reduce bleeding.
      • Avoid taking NSAID (aspirin, Ibuprofen etc) medicines during your periods.
      • Ashoka tree bark is good remedy for excess of menses bleeding. Particularly in women who has fibroids. Boil Ashoka tree bark in water. Strain the liquid and drink half of it two times in a day.
      If your bleeding continues even after trying home remedies, consult a gynecologist.

      September 13, 2012
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  27. Jany said:

    I am 21 years of age and my periods have not been regular since I was about 18 years old. I am not on any birth control pill and never used it, just using condoms during sex. Lately my periods have been shifting dramatically and I am unsure of the reason. Usually they last for 5 – 6 days and on the first 2 days it is very heavy but lately it has been lasting around 12 days and it is very light, almost like spotting. It is starting to make me worried.
    I have made several trips to the health clinic and they say that I am fine, but it is all confusing and I am not sure what to do? I want to know if this is common (changes in period from a heavy flow to a lighter one and from one week span to a 2 week span?) Does anyone have any answers?

    May 16, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Often, during late puberty and early twenties, women suffer from irregular menstruation. The cause in most cases is due to adjustment of female hormones in the body. This may be the same with you. Body sometimes takes time to adjust with these hormones. There are many other reasons such as a polyp, a fibroid, thyroid disorder etc. To rule out these causes you have to consult your physician. Home remedy such as banana flower often brings back menstruation on track. Eat a piece of boiled banana flower with curd for few days.

      June 27, 2013
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