My First Period
Advice for Parents
Periods & Pregnancy
Heavy periods (otherwise known as Menorrhagia) are defined by having substantial blood loss every single month. If you’re one of the women who have this, then you’re not alone, as 1 in 3 women say they experience this.
It can affect you both physically and emotionally, but the good news is, it's very unlikely to be anything more serious. Saying that, if you notice your periods are heavier than usual or they’re disrupting your daily life, it may be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor.
Your doctor might ask you to keep a menstrual diary where you'll need to jot down how long your periods last, how often you change your protection, any changes to your flow and the impact it’s having on your daily routine.
As we’ve said, heavy periods are not always a sign that something is wrong. Your fluctuating hormones are the main culprit for heavy periods when you first start having periods and again, years later, when they come to an end approaching menopause.
Some questions are more common than others – here are the top questions asked by teens.
Your health and wellbeing is our priority so here are some tips and advice on managing your period at different life stages.