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    i suffer from really bad periods i get painful periods where my periods pass blood clots i sometimes bleed very heavy heavy my hormones are everywhere and i might have a genetic problem called men type 1





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    Hi I just watched the programme regarding periods and I generally have heavy periods at the beginning of my cycle which clot. I generally have to use maternity pads as they are quite heavy. Can you let me know how I go about measuring my periods as I don't want to notify the doctor unnecesarily if I can find out myself? Thanks





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    Use a mooncup! They are fantastic. I have had mine 5+ years now.

    ask your doctor for tranexamic acid :)

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    Hi, Im 27 & have fairly heavy periods. This doesn't bother me too much. What does bother me is that i can go anywhere from 3-12 months between periods. Is this normal? The last couple of periods i have had have also been in the region of 20+ days in length. Bleeding heavy for that long leaves me drained. Does anyone have similar problem?





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    Hi. i had a similar problem when i was younger (around 19). I had very heavy periods, feeling very drained all the time, anaemia from the periods, and them lasting for a whole a month sometimes. i actually went to a gynacologist in the end and was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It can also cause symptoms such as excessive hair growth. I went on the contraceptive pill to regulate my periods and everything went back to how its meant to be. :-) it might not be this, but its worth checking it out. Oh and dont worry about it. Although it says "cysts" its not anything to overly worry about. think about 1 in 10 women have PCOS and don't have any symptoms or know they have it. Good luck.

    Hey, i started my period when i was about 13 i think, i'm now 16. My periods were never that heavy and i never got much pain tbh. However recently my periods just haven't been coming on either? Like, they were always a bit late each time and i still haven't had my period from may i think. i know it's only june, but i'm just constantly panicing. I haven't told anyone and i'm just terrified of going to the doctors. Help?

    Hi, I am 46 and having periods every two weeks, very heavy for two days then nothing, then heavy again. I have always had regular periods up until 3 months ago when I missed a period completely.





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    I'd go to your doc and get some blood tests to check your hormone levels. And to do this a few times (because it can fluctuate). It sounds to me that you may be perimenopausal.

    I am 13 and i have heavy periods that last around 2 weeks and then start again a week later. I told my mum and my nanna and they say they both have/ had heavy periods but dont last that long. I havent been on for a year yet so my mum says it will probly settle in but i am worried.





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    hey, dont panic ! go to the doctors if its bothering you too much, it should settle you will be fine

    I'm 50 years old and have recently been having heavy long periods, these have concluded in flooding the bed, sometimes going through to my trousers. My last period lasted for 5 weeks and i went to my GP and they gave me some hormonal tablets the periods stopped for 10 days then restarted and are still heavy. Is this a normal condition for menopause? Or could it be something different?





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    You may have fibroids - most of us do. This is easy for your doc or clinic to find out with ultrasound. Not so easy to get rid off but there are ways to reduce your bleeding.

    I've been suffering with heavy periods for 2 years in that time i have had about 2 light periods. When I am on heavy I am on my period for 5 days. Sometimes i get real bad stomach craps/pain before im due on or for the the first few days. Should i go to my GP about this...





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    I am 38 years old and for the last couple of months I have had very heavy periods and losing large blood clots has well and am heavy for about 6 days and before then I was only having periods every 3 months or so. Is this being normal for my age?





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    I'm 24, I first started my periods at 13 they were always heavy,painful and were accompanied by bad headaches. After about 3 years of this my periods became very irregular and more heavy/painful. I did go to a gynocologist in my late teens who said just go on the pill. As I have a heart condition my options are limited with the pill but I have been on micronor for about 3 years now. While it did not regulate my periods it did make them a little better but they were still very irregular. However since about December they have been very heavy again (I used a tampon and pad and need to change them every 2hours or so or I leak. I am bleeding more than I'm not, I currently bleed for about 5-7 days and get 4-7 days break. I also am in alot of pain, headaches and cramps so much that I really feel I cannot go to work- being anything other than curled up has me nearly in tears. I am also very depressed just before I get one. Is anyone else experiencing this type og thing?





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    Hi I've not long turned 40 and 18 months ago, I had the Merina coil fitted to help with my extremely heavy periods. The 6 months after having it fitted, I had almost constant heavy periods which I was told would slow down and did but since then I have had virtually no periods at all and when I do have one they are more like minor spotting which lasts a few hours but each month I am getting worse and worse vaginal itching which is driving me mad along with being very dry. I have been to the doctors several times and they keep telling me that there is nothing wrong. Please can someone help as it is not getting to the point where I feel I can't have a relationship with anyone.





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    I had the same problem with my periods and had the same coil fitted. I had the itching for about two years,the itching drove me mad, but eventually I was given a perscription for epaderm ointment. It worked!!! I would not be without it. I know actually buy it from the chemist you do not need a perscription for it. Hope this helps.

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    Hi I'm 16 and ever since i started my periods when i was 11 i've had the same problems... really heavy bleeding and strong cramps. I also get a lot of discharge between periods. It's likely to be completely normal if it's been like this for the past three years. I wouldn't worry, but maybe rather than changing your underwear too often you could use a pantyliner when your discharge is heavy. As for the heavy periods... see your GP as they can prescribe you hormone supplements or the contraceptive pill which could help make your periods less heavy and less painful.

    Hi I am 29 and I started my period when i was 13. The first two years were really eratic and really heavy but then they calmed down and came usually once every month and a half. I was still heavy so decided to try the contraceptive pill to regulate it but didnt really work. I now have an implant and only get periods once every three months really just want to know everything is ok is it normal. I still get very heavy periods though.





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    I have had periods for about 4 years now and since i have started i have been having a very heavy flow in blood but my periods have a normal pattern is there anything i can do to make my periods not so heavy





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    Hi? I'm 15 and started my periods when I was about 13, maybe a bit before. When I first has them they were very heavy and painful but afterr about 2 months or so they calmed down. Shortly after that I had very long time periods of not having my periods as often as I should be. As I get older those time periods get wider. The longest gap I've had between periods is 3 months now. Because of this they become so heavy and so painful, it's kind of hard to take. I don't know weither I'm being a bit of a drama queen about this but I just want an answer. Thanx XP





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    As your only 15 you are still growing. Therefore irregular periods are normal. Sometimes if you miss a month or so then your next period can be heavier. These can sometimes be very hard to live with. If it is really bothering you then boom an appointment to see your GP and discuss the option of birth control which is a methord of contraception but it can also help tp reduce perid cramps and make your periods lighter more controllrd and more bareable for u. Hope ypu get some relief.soon x

    I'm 20 and I've had the coil inserted about a year ago. One of the side affects from having the coil is that you get heavy periods, but mine are VERY heavy! I use super plus tampons and find myself changing them a lot due to leaking. Before the coil, my periods were normal and not heavy at all! I'm also worried because I've heard if someone has a very heavy period for years and years, they wont be able to get pregnant! Should I get the coil taken out and use a different type of birth control?





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    I had the coil fitted just over a year ago and dont get any periods, maybe a little bleed wen my period should be due but apart from that i would recommend women have the coil fitted...we are all different tho so ur body may not get on with the coil. I wouldnt recommend the injection lucy as that gives u really heavy periods and weight gain rather quickly but hopefully this helped.x

    Hi Rebbecca, If it's any help, fainting and epileptic seizures are not the same. Because your periods are heavy you are losing a lot of blood all at once which can cause you to faint each time you are having your heavy periods. Did a doctor (GP) not mention to you about taking 'The Pill' to help controlling your periods. In other words put you in line with every other girls so you will only pass the appropriate amount of blood during your periods and wont have to deal with unnecessary pain either. I know because I have a younger sister that was in your situation and the Pill changed her life for the better. There is a lot more to epilepsy other than just seizures and maybe a neurologist will put you straight on what real issue is. I've been dealing with epilepsy for over 33 yrs and it just sounds like your body is to weak to function properly during these heavy periods. Asked to be perscribed the Pill so you will have normal periods, so you can still enjoy yourself with your friends. Also epilepsy would have made some appearance in your before if this fainting was seizures during you periods. I hope you get this sorted out once and for all.

    Im 18 and I have really heavy periods. I have been on the pill but stopped taking it when I was about 16 as it only helped a bit. My period cycle usually lasts about 6 days and I will be heavy for the first four days. I use about 9/10 pads a days and if I didn't have college and work i would use more. My periods are very heavy and often I'm suffering from flooding even if I'm wearing dark clothing you can sometimes see it.





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    Hello! Have you ever been to see your GP, or to ask for a referral? Perhaps it's worth investigating why they are so heavy. There can be a few reasons for this - uterine fibroids, pcos, hyperplasia and this is just 3 reasons and can be helped. The only way is to ask for help, and try not to be fobbed off by GPs (they tend to dismiss this problem as normal, pah!). Good luck, don't suffer in silence, ask for help!

    i have suffered very heavy and painful periods since i started my periods at 11 years old. i am now 17 and after countless doctors visits and a trip to a&e i still have no answers! every doctor i have seen as just passed them off as 'heavy periods' and i have been on 2 different types of contraception and tranexamic acid to try and improve this but none have helped. i have asked to be referred to have my ovaries checked but have been refused. does anyone have any advice on what to do or what this could be?





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    I'm sorry to say that some women do just have very heavy periods, and that's just how their body works. If the doctors keep saying that's all it is, then I'd be inclined to believe them. PCOS mostly causes periods to stop or be really irregular. For the pain, get one of the heat plushies. You can heat them in the microwave and they usually smell nice too. Heat helps relieve the pain. Also, get someone to rub your lower back and get rid of some tension. Make sure you eat something rich in iron around that time too. Women can get iron deficiency because of all the bleeding, and of course it's worse the more blood you loose. Keep an eye on your nails. If they have vertical ridges it shows you need some iron. If you have too low levels you will feel it as being tired all the time too. Sorry I couldn't do more. Hope this helps though.

    I started with really heavy periods when i was 8! I then had 4 large ovarian cysts and was later diagnosed with pcos which has left me obese. I am now on loestrin (low dose pill) to regulate my periods and have lost a stone in 4 months but i still get heavy periods and really painful ones but the pill didnt ease this Please Help!





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    My Periods Wer Really Heavy, And Hurt Alot, And Wen i Became Sexualy Active i Went On The Injection. I Was Told it Shudn't Do Much To My Periods, But ive Been On My Period CONSTANTLY For About 10 Months, its Still Really Heavy. is That Normal?





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    My periods are very heavy. When ever i am at school and when the lesson is over and i stand up i can feel it coming away.Is it normal for my periods to be this heavy all the time???





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    Hi Lucia. If you are having very heavy periods, you will have to see your doctor. I'm 36 and i used to have very heavy periods and i know how you feel. When you go to your doctor, ask about the pill as it can be used to regulate periods and lighten them up. Also it might not be a bad idea to ask your doctor if it would be wise for you to see a gynaecologist. Hope this is of help to you.

    Hi, it's Elaine again. A relative told me she had her womb lasered as an alternative to a hysterectomy some years ago. This was due to heavy and infrequent periods. Is this procedure still carried out.? Are heavy periods hereditary?





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    i am 22 years old and always have been a heavy bleeder but now my periods started at the end of January 2013 and I'm still on my periods and its heavy and get clots. It stops for 2 to 3 days, then it's back again. And I have been coughing for weeks now. What's wrong with me?





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    helllo, i'm 16, i started my periods when i was 12. my periods work like clockwork, i have them every 17 days but the 1st and 2nd day are soo heavy that i end up changing my tampon every hour - i use heavy flow tampons. Also, on the 5/6th day after my period has finished i get a mini period for a couple of days which is heavy enough that i need a pad and i also get a lot of dark brown discharge round this time. Also, whenever go running my heavy bloody discharge starts and i need a pad in then too! This is really annoying, especially because it means i only have a couple of days gap that i can do anything with my boyfriend! thanks.





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    I do irregular periods and sometimes feel like I'm pregnant but all tests come bk negative and then still heavy periods but quite heavy what is this a sign if





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    hi, i am 13 and have been on my periods for about 2 years now, but they are strange. I always get the white stuff in my knickers and it never stops! also i miss periods and then when i come on i am really heaver also when i come on my periods i have a guey brown thing and its minging. Am i normal with this, also I dont get period pains but my mood swings are really bad and stress alot. But every period i have been on I am always very very heavy and have to wear around 4,5 maybe 6 heavy towels and i just find it really embarrasing please help.





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    I'm 27 my fiance and I have regular sex, the other night we had very. .. how do I say this, hard or rough sex while I was on my period. . Ever since then my periods have been very heavy, painful and longer than usual .. my periods started 21st jan and are still going heavy and strong. I normally only have 3 days of bleeding! Help?





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    Im 47 years old and childless. Since ever since my 47 years I have been suffering with heavy periods and bad period pains. My periods are so heavy to the point where I cannot go out anywhere. I am changing pads every half. The first two days is flowing but on the 3rd day it flows real heavy. My breast are real sensitive I can feel them tingling and my stomach blows up. I want to know why am I suffering like this.





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    I'm 14 and i have quite heavy periods but once i collapsed during school and i don't think it could of been anything else apart from me being so heavy (My period was extreamly heavy that month)Is this normal?





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    If you are collapsing with your periods i would go to your gp. Having heavy periods is normal i get them myself but you may also be suffering with anemima (low iron) which would cause heavy bleeding and fainting. A quick blood test will tell you what is going on and can be managed with iron tablets.

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    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

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