How Heavy is Too Heavy? There Will Be Blood. How To Train Your Dragon. What do all these titles have in common? Like, is there such thing as too much blood? And what to do if things start to get a bit Carrie-ed away.
See what we did there? Head first into the crimson wave we go! If we are getting down to the nitty gritty science-y part of it, the average menstrual flow for an entire period is about 10 to 35 ml. But because we are all birds of different feathers, this can range anywhere from light spotting to about two cups, and many women report bleeding way more.
The average woman bleeds for about four to six days and lives to tell, er, complain about, the tale! This is all hypothetical. Better yet, swap all of that for a super cute pair of period-proof panties that hold up to two tampons worth of menstrual blood.
You should start paying attention when your flow starts to get up to 80 ml. Blame hormones like you do for every other annoying thing in life: Symptoms of Menorrhagia Include: Bleeding for longer than one week Having to get up at night to change your pad or tampon Having to change your sanitary products every hour or so during the day Passing blood clots for more than one day Experiencing symptoms of anemia tiredness, shortness of breath, fatigue Having trouble sticking to a regular schedule because of your flow Causes of Heavy Bleeding Like the excuses I make up to not go out on a Friday night, reasons for heavy bleeding can range.
Here are a few: Has your life gone through any big, recent changes? Have you started any new medications? When was your last period? Have you recently gained or lost weight? Are you more tired than usual? Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?
Major life events new job, parents getting divorced, you ran into your ex and her new girlfriend is a total babe can cause stress and make your body feel all kinds of funk-ayyy. So when should you see a doctor? But blood tests, ultrasounds, biopsies, and Pap tests can help diagnose you if something is wrong and help get you back to your go-getter self.
No matter what, life will Carrie-on, blood sister.