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One of the common hormonal symptoms that I work with in clinic is heavy periods. Many women are unsure if their period is actually considered heavy or not. In this article we will cover what is classified as a heavy period, what may be causing your heavy periods and how you can begin to start investigating the root cause as well as reducing your symptoms in the mean time.
A normal amount of blood loss is anywhere up to 80 mL across the entire menstrual bleed. To put that into real terms because I don’t think anyone measures the mL of their menstrual loss, that’s 8 fully soaked super tampons, or 16 regular. Another way to conceptualise the 80 mL is 4 tablespoons across the entire menstrual cycle.
Some other indicators that your cycle is too heavy are:
Heavy bleeding is a symptom that there is a hormonal imbalance such as high oestrogen or low thyroid hormones, or it can be a sign of something like uterine polyps or fibroids. It’s safe to say that it is not a symptom you want to ignore.
As a result of excessive blood loss each month, it’s highly likely that you are also experiencing low iron levels which can contribute to daily fatigue, shortness of breath and foggy thinking.
If you have been struggling with your period, then the next step is booking in a complimentary consultation in which we will discuss your health challenges, health goals & what’s needed to get you there!