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Added May 26, 2014

Heavy Period Advice and Tips

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Heavy Problem...Heavy Flow

Heavy periods are defined by a flow that requires the highest absorbency tampon or pad that must be changed sooner than recommendedusually within an hour.


The reasons women have heavy periods include:


  • The natural flow is just heavy
  • Use of the birth control method called an IUD (intra-uterine device)
  • "Hormonal imbalance" (too little or no progesterone)
  • Fibroids or polyps (growths that sometimes occur in the uterus)
  • Thyroid problems (the thyroid is a gland in the neck that helps control many body functions)
  • Endometriosisa condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus travel and grow in other parts of the body
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Childbirth (Many women have heavy flow during the first year or so after childbirth.)


Some of these conditions don't need to be treated. Others may require treatment.


When to see a doctor about heavy periods

If you have a normally heavy period, there is usually no need for concern. However, you should see a doctor if: 


  • You feel tired all the time.
  • Very heavy periods may cause anemia, which is a deficiency of the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. If you feel physically drained, ask a doctor to check for anemia.
  • You experience "flooding" (leaking through a super absorbency pad or tampon within one hour). If your periods get heavy and change in consistency, you should see a doctor. If no medical reasons are found for heavy flow, the doctor may prescribe oral contraceptives, or use cyclical progesterone to regulate the periods.

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Posted May 08, 2014
Yeah, I have a pretty heavy flow. Like this is how it goes during my period; Day 1: really light Day 2-5: REALLY HEAVY (I go through heavy flow pads in an hour, and overnights in 1 1/2-2 hours) Day 6: regular Day 7: very light. So yeah...days 2-5 suuuuuccckkkk.
Posted September 10, 2012
I have this problem to
Posted December 23, 2011
my problem is i'll wear a super absorbency tampon in the morning and it will leak within a hour, but when i wear one later in the day, it usually lasts 8 hours
Posted August 05, 2011
my problem is i use a super absorbency tampon and in 2 hours time i am leaking so when i pull it out i just have a stream of blood falling and it continues for out 6-10 seconds so i told my mom i needed super plus she said i am too young for that high of a absorbency so when i am using the tampons faster than i used 2 she is like "where are they going are you using them wisely" yes i am but they go through faster cause i have 2 change every 2 instead of 8 like i used 2 urgggg so we going to see a doctor and she said they will probably put me on birth control
Posted December 23, 2011
@kmandmm That's not a bad thing! A girl I know uses it to control her irregular cycle, and she says it really helps!
Posted August 17, 2011
I had a super absorbancy pad one time when I went to the zoo with my friends (awwwkaward).It took two hours to get there,two hours back.It was HORRIBLE I fell asleep and woke up,I leaked through to the seat,not fun
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Posted July 14, 2011
I have a heavy period like every time i've been having it for 5 months it lasts a week every time
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