So how much blood do you really lose during periods and when is bleeding too much? Don’t worry, we are here with the answers.
Normal blood loss during periods.
The most common amount of blood flow during the entire duration of menstruation is about 30 to 50 milliliters (which is about 2 to 3 tablespoons of blood). However, certain researchers believe that an average woman loses about 4 tablespoons of blood during periods. Yes, we understand if you are shaking your head in disagreement and disbelief, because it certainly looks like a bloodbath down there.
This is because your menstrual fluid is much more than just blood. It also contains uterine tissues, thickened endometrial cells and blood clots that lend more volume to this menstrual fluid. This is why it seems that he is losing much more blood than he really is.
What classifies as a heavy period
It is important to understand that the definition of a normal period varies from one woman to another. What is necessarily “heavy bleeding” for one woman may be normal for the other.
Periods are generally considered heavy if there is more than 80 millimeters of menstrual fluid per cycle. Approximately equivalent to soaking 16 sanitary products during your menstrual cycle. If it bleeds for significantly more than 7 days, it is also classified as an abundant period. Some of the most common causes of heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) include:
2. Coagulation disorders
3 uterine fibroids
4.Interuterine device (IUD)
5 Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
6. Hemorrhagic disorders
Periods are also considered heavy if:
1.If you bleed from the clothes
2. If you have to change medical devices every two hours
3. If the size of the blood cradle is larger than 1 inch in diameter
4. If you have to use two types of medical devices together to prevent leakage
The bottom line
If you suspect that you have abundant periods, you can start keeping track of your menstruation cycle, that is, the number of days you bleed and the number of times you change medical devices in a day. Also, be aware of signs such as pain between periods and consult a medical professional for clarity.
Ultimately, you are the person who knows your body best and, in case of any abnormality, it is better to consult a health care provider to diagnose the underlying medical condition and get immediate treatment.