Abnormal Periods and Excessive Bleeding
Abnormal bleeding and excessive bleeding can be confusing symptoms to understand for women since monthly bleeding is a normal occurrence during your reproductive years. Determining what is abnormal and excessive bleeding is important in identifying and underlying causes of pain, ensuring that your reproductive organs are functioning properly, and to preserve your fertility.
What is considered a normal menstrual cycle?
Your menstrual cycle should occur about every 28 days, with bleeding lasting anywhere from 3-7 days. Any bleeding outside of this pattern can be considered abnormal, indicating a problem with the cervix or uterus.
It can be difficult to assess the actual amount of bleeding during your period, so we recommend monitoring the amount of pads or tampons used each day to determine fluid loss. If you are repeatedly soaking through a tampon or pad every two hours, this is considered heavy menstrual bleeding and should be brought to our attention.