What counts as a heavy period?
Typically, during a “normal” period, you lose between 70ml and 80ml of fluid (the equivalent of around two double espressos). Around 50% of the fluid lost is blood. But people with heavy menstrual bleeding may lose around 160ml-400ml of fluid (a little less than a pint of liquid).
The most common symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding are:
- Bleeding through pads or tampons every one to two hours,
- A period that lasts more than seven days,
- Passing blood clots larger than 1 inch (around the size of a 10p coin).
You can read the full article in The Conversation :"Heavy periods can lead to big health problems for young women — but many don’t get the help they need" here