❓Question and Answers (Q&A) 1️⃣️I HAVE been bleeding a lot during my periods recently. It is quite excessive, sometimes soaking five sanitary pads in a day, and I am very worried. Is this normal? 🤔Normal vaginal bleeding occurs when you have your period, or menstruation. It is a result of normal cyclic hormonal changes within your body. It usually occurs at 28 day intervals, though for some women, this may be longer or shorter.Your period begins somewhere in your teens and the cycles end at menopause, which usually occurs at the age of about 51 (on average). Anything other than this is considered abnormal vaginal bleeding. Abnormal vaginal bleeding is also bleeding that occurs in inappropriate amounts – either too much blood or too little blood. Your periods are caused by a process called #ovulation, where one of your ovaries releases an egg every month. This process is controlled by the cyclic flux levels of your hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.
2️⃣️What types of abnormal menstruation are there? 🤔We can divide abnormal bleeding into either duration or amount. If you have your period for too long, this is called #hypermenorrhoea (hyper = more). If it is too short, it is called #hypomenorrhoea (hypo = less). Note that different women have different period lengths, so if you notice a change in your usual pattern, it’s considered abnormal. Then the interval between your menstrual periods can be abnormal. If it occurs too frequently, it is called #polymenorrhoea (poly = many). If it occurs too infrequently, it is called #oligomenorrhoea (oligo = seldom or scarce). If your interval varies from one cycle to the next, such as if you have it between 21 days for one period, and 35 days between the next, this is called #metrorrhagia. As for the amount, if you have too much bleeding, this is called #menorrhagia, and if it is too little bleeding, it is called #hypomenorrhoea.
3️⃣️Why do some women have excessive period bleeding? 🤔Is it because they have too much hormones? Heavy menstrual bleeding, menorrhagia, is classified as having greater than five tablespoons of blood per month. This can be hard to measure if you are wearing sanitary pads or tampons!