What should I do in case of heavy monthly bleeding, or bleeding that lasts a long time?
- Monthly bleeding is heavy if a pad or cloth is soaked through in less than one hour.
- Monthly bleeding is long if it lasts for more than 8 days.
- Blood clots (soft, dark red, shiny lumps in the blood that look like liver) are also a sign of heavy bleeding.
- Heavy bleeding that goes on for many weeks, months or years can cause weak blood (anemia).
- The hormones may be out of balance so the ovary does not release an egg. This is common for women under 20 and women over 40 years of age.
- An intra-uterine device (IUD) may be making monthly bleeding more heavy.
- Miscarriage, even if you did not think you were pregnant.
- If you have pain in the abdomen with bleeding, you may have a pregnancy outside the womb in the tube. URGENT. Go to a hospital right away.
- You may have a problem with the thyroid gland.
- You may have growths (fibroids or polyps) or cancer in your womb.
See a health worker trained to do pelvic exams if you have heavy bleeding and:
- blood gushes from your vagina.
- monthly bleeding has been heavy and long for 3 months.
- you think you might be pregnant.
- you have severe pain with the bleeding.