When a woman is having too heavy periods, often the doctor will put her on a birth control pill. This regulates the cycles so it doesn't come too often, and the blood loss is also much less. If you are trying to conceive that would not be the answer. Have a talk with your gynecologist; they deal with such problems every day. Good luck!
kittie there are many causes to heavy bleeding. Stress, cysts, endometriosis. What women consider varies a lot, as well. I had a family practitioner tell me that passing blood clots so much meant I had a 'strong uterus'. Then yrs later, I heard clots is not good! and is a sign of definitively 'heavy bleeding'.
Usually "heavy bleeding" would be considered soaking through a pad or tampon every 2 hours or less. The average amount of blood for a day during your period is 2 tablespoons. This sounded LESS than I would expect and I get a pretty light flow, but I have heard that amount from several sources. Maybe it just seems like there is more than there really is.
Martha H is right about the pill controlling the heavy flow. It usually works but the side effects can be challenging, but still worth a try. Some of my friends have had success with natural herbal products. Not me at the time.
I remember using a heavy duty tampon, a heavy duty pad, and not lasting the 20 minute drive to work! It seemed so outrageous and lasted for almost 15 years (menopause=gone). So if you have clotting problems, you probably have fibroids, and this can cause heavy bleeding.
I am sorry you are having this problem. I know how frustrating it is. See that gyn. for some options.
Yep. Of course that was the last time I was tested for anemia.. and I thought for sure that I was. We Germans must be really tough. Didn't take any novacine for a tooth filling, either, but I cannot take the pain of pelvic exam (why??) I felt totally relaxed! I think it was because they nurse in there holding my hand was way too dramatic.. I didn't need her there, wasn't in pain yet, and her there made my brain tense up, anticipating pain!