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Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

There are medical definitions of heavy menstrual bleeding, but the only practical definition is when there is excessive menstrual blood loss that interferes with the physical, emotional, social and material quality of life.



Normal Periods

A woman normally loses between 30 and 40ml of blood with her period (six to eight teaspoonfuls) each month but there is much variability. Bleeding can last up to eight days, but bleeding for five days is average.


Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

There are medical definitions of heavy menstrual bleeding, but the only practical definition is when there is excessive menstrual blood loss that interferes with the physical, emotional, social and material quality of life. Monthly periods are an individual experience and women who have always had heavy periods will consider this normal. However if you believe that your periods are either unusually heavy, prolonged or both, there are many different treatment options available to you.


Further information about treatment of fibroids, endometrial ablation and hysterectomy can be found on the RANZCOG website under Patient Information.


If you experience heavy menstrual bleeding you should see your doctor. Heavy menstrual bleeding can have a profound negative effect on your life. By discussing your symptoms with your doctor, a number of treatment options can be offered to alleviate the abnormal heavy bleeding and get you back to enjoying life.

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