When is a heavy period too heavy?

It’s common for girls and their parents to wonder if the bleeding with their periods is too often or too much. Especially in the first few years of having a period, any bleeding can feel like too much. Usually, it’s not — but sometimes it is, and it’s important for parents to know what to watch for, and when to call the doctor. In the first couple of years after periods begin, it’s really normal for periods to be irregular — and for some of them to be heavy. At the beginning, periods aren’t associated with ovulation, and the hormones and hormonal patterns that help regulate periods haven’t fallen into place yet. If it’s just the occasional period that is heavy, that’s usually nothing to worry about. It’s not always easy to know what counts as a “heavy” period. As I said, for some girls anything is too much. And while we doctors often ask how often the girl changes her pad or tampon, that’s very subjective and dependent on personal preference. Some girls change as soon as there is any blood present or every time they use the bathroom. Others wait until they are completely soaked. Signs to watch for with heavy periods Here are some signs that menstrual bleeding may be too heavy, and that you should call the doctor: The girl is looking pale and feels dizzy and/or weak. If this is happening, you should call your doctor immediately. She needs to change her pad or tampon during the night. She is bl...
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