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Heavy Menstrual Periods - Symptoms

When you have heavy periods, you may:

  • Pass large blood clots and soak through your usual pads or tampons.
  • Have severe menstrual cramps.
  • Bleed for more than 7 days. A normal menstrual cycle usually lasts 4 to 6 days.
  • Feel tired, weak, and short of breath. This can be a sign of anemia.

When to call for help

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You are passing clots of blood and soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours.
  • You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.
  • You think you have anemia.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your heavy periods are disrupting your life.
  • You do not get better as expected.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 20, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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