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Periods are annoying enough as it is, but when you’re losing a particularly large amount of blood they can be very distressing. If there is an excessive amount of blood, a period is said to be heavy, but this can be difficult to define as there is so much variation between women. The average amount of blood loss during a period is 30-40ml, and a heavy period is classed as around double this amount. But you don’t have to measure your bleeding – you’ve got a heavy period if you’re using an unusually high number of tampons or pads, having to use the two together, or flooding through pads or tampons onto underwear, clothes or bedding. Heavy periods are not usually dangerous in themselves, but they can cause iron deficiency anaemia (a lack of red blood cells). More often they can have negative psychological effects and disrupt everyday life. In around half of cases there is no cause of heavy periods, they are something that just happens, especially in the first few years after starting periods. But they can be caused by a range of conditions, so if your heavy periods are very persistent or combined with other symptoms, it is best to speak to your GP. There are many treatments for heavy periods, ranging from medication to surgery. Starting on some from of contraceptive pill is a popular way of solving this embarrassing problem.

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hy am 22 but I was raped am having my periods after 2 months but heavy floor,clots and a hard stomach. I tested for pregnancy and it was negative help me am I pregnant





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Hi Hun, I am sorry to hear what you have been through and I hope you have someone to talk to, if not you should speak to someone you feel comfortable with and you trust. It is possible to still have periods after becoming pregnant, and yes the bought tests are not always accurate. However you should not think that you are pregnant because of the hard stomach. I need you to go and get checked out at the Dr or even just see a nurse, tell them EVERYTHING (its confidential), they can do a pregnancy test for you, tests for STI's, STD's HIV etc. Then if everything is clear they can start to look at why your period is lasting so long (unfortunately some girls do suffer from long periods), It is important to get checked as a massive loss of blood can be dangerous for you. The Dr can also rule out serious damage which may have happened during the rape. This is a very horrible time for you and if you are typing on here you must feel so alone, please don't, please speak to someone (hopefully a DR). I wish I could hold you and tell you everything will be ok, that Karma will catch up with your rapist. Please be strong, you are young, this does not have to bring you down and please see a Dr.

I'm 15 and lately I have been suffering from heavy periods that I am having to wear 2 pads and within 10 minutes they are full and they include blood clots and I am suffering with period pains causing me to cry. I have been prescribed 2 different tablets to ease my periods and they seemed to be making things worse so I am not taking them any longer . Any suggestions of what could possibly help ? I feel drained and really ill when I'm on my period and all I want to do is sleep.





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Hi Jo, When I was 14-15 I had a real problem with heavy periods, it was really embarrassing as I would often leak to my outer clothes during lessons. When I went to the Dr he first asked wheat pain killers I was using for my back period pain and when he heard it was Ibuprofen he suggested that they could be contributing to the heavy flow and to switch to Paracetamol. He then also placed me on the pill (which didn't help too much), but it made periods a lot easier to deal with. I'm now in my 30's and I have the contraceptive injection which has stopped my periods altogether. Please speak to your Dr or a nurse and discuss your other options. Let them know it is having a real impact on your life and social well being. It is a horrible time I know, but life and periods get so much more easier to deal with as time goes by. Don't let the Dr blow you off a a silly school girl, make them listen to you and I hope you get the help you need soon. Take care hun and smile :-)

I got my period 3 weeks early is this normal Because at first it was very light pink and. Now it got light red I have a regular periods but this time I got my period 3. Weeks early The week I had off I had unperteited sex and then 4 days later I got my period is it normal





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From 2 years having very heavy period with clots. Usually 2nd day of period. Can't even go to work. Have to change my pad every 5 minutes same as my bottom clothes. Been at doctors few times. Everything what I can hear is. ITS HAPPEN SOMETIMES. very funny. Few times pass out then was laying on the floor because was too weak to get up, my face next few days look like zombie. Belly pain is unbelievable. And nobody want help





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Please look up the symptoms of endometriosis as it sounds like you may be suffering as you have a few of the symptoms. Also, get your blood count checked as losing a lot of blood can make you anemic.. Many doctors dismiss female problems and most are not trained in endo, so it may be a case of keep changing docs until you find one that can listen. There's something called the doctor foster list (has a website) which shows which docs specialise in what in your area. To pass out through a period is NOT normal, please do not let any doc say that to you. Last of all, best of luck and try and stay strong while you try and find out the cause of this. Hugs

I have regular periods and I am on contraceptive pills . When this time I was having my periods the blood was reddish black and vowed in low quantities than the other days of periods. Why is that.





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Redish black blood is old blood. Nothing to worry about. Not sure why its like that on the pill - guess because the period can be lighter on the pill?

Hello, I'm 17 and have currently been on my period for 3 weeks possibly longer, and before that I was on for over a week and was only off for 2-3 days before I came on again. I've had problems with extremely long periods since I had the contraceptive implant back in January 2012 I had it in for nearly two years, and was on my period continuously near enough throughout the whole thing. I was on for 6 months before I decided to go to a clinic and they put me on the contraceptive pill to get me off, while being on the pill my periods stopped, and as soon as I finished the treatment my period stopped for a little while maybe just under a month, and then I was back on again for 3 months before I decided to get more contraceptive pill. After the pill didn't work again, I decided to have my implant removed. Period seemed to go back to normal, 3-5 days every month, so i decided to get the injection. I was fine throughout that, no problems with my period what so ever. I didn't have another injection so I'm currently on no birth control so I don't know why that I'd be on for 3 weeks possibly a month, sometimes I think I have a day of no bleeding but then there will be a little bit the next day and then full blast the day after. Do you think it may be something more severe? Very scared





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Hi ad a normal period 2 wks ago I am bleeding again for 4 days now getting heavyer every day .I am 48

Hi my periods have been heavy and I have been on the pill for neally a 10months and keep missing my period is this normal and I keep going faint before my period what do I do





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I am 12 weeks postpartum and still bleeding. It slowed down but I would still have heavy red bleeds at least once a day for the last 3 weeks I have not stopped bleeding heavy red blood. I have no energy to anything and can't take it no more. I went to the go and they prescribed a hormone to make it stop but it's still not worked! I had an abnormal smear test January 2014, then LLETZ treatment June 2014 where I had cin3. I then had a colposcopy whilst pregnant and I'm meant to be having a follow up colposcopy on Friday and the hpv test but the bleedings so bad I cannot fave going.





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I'm quite young and my period has started already, I'm going on a class trip to France tomorrow and I've been having heavy leakages of blood, its been staining on my clothes and going through to my pants. In a awkward situation, I want to know what the right thing to do is. Is it it cancel my trip - which might cause me depression, or should I do something else - I don't know. If there is anyone who understands how I am feeling and knows a suitable solution, PLEASE reply to me ASAP as my trip is tomorow, and THANKS SO MUCH!





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I started my period at 10 and since then it hasnt stopped im not 15. iv tryed the pill and implant and still doesnt work I would ask your doctor who you feel comfortable with and talk to them about ot.

I had a baby 24/12/14, by c section, I had the heavy bleed, six months on im suffering with heavy periods, feeling faint and sick! Been to see gp, the gave me meds, if I don't take I just bleed! I have been told by gp I need to have ultrasound a month ago im still waiting! Im getting worried as I have a baby to look after feeling drained no energy and putting up with awful pain which is in my stomach about where overies are! Feeling crap need advice





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