Whether it’s heavy, medium or light, getting your period means that at that time of the month, we’ve all learnt to go with the flow. However, that doesn’t exactly mean that we don’t feel the occasional worry about the amount of flow we’re experiencing, because period = blood, right?! Well, yes… and no!
So if it’s not just blood, what exactly IS a period? Typically, your period (or menstruation) lasts from 3 days up to a week. Although this time is often referred to as ‘bleeding’, technically that’s not 100% accurate! The average amount of menstrual fluid ranges from 100-120ml, and while a portion of this is definitely made up of blood, it also contains cells from the lining of the uterus, and mucus as well. In fact, on average, only about 40ml of this fluid is actual blood – think of that as around 2 and a half tablespoons. It’s really not a lot, but it can look pretty dramatic on a stark white pad, for sure!
Okay then, at what point should I start worrying about my flow? As your flow comes as unique as you are, depending on variable factors like your genes, hormones, stress levels, and diet; this is a question best left to the healthcare professionals. If you do start to notice symptoms that are out of the ordinary, such as bleeding for more than 8 days, needing to change your pad/every hour for several hours in a row, having to restrict your normal daily activities due to your period, or bleeding in between periods, you should note anything down and book in an appointment with your local GP. There’s no use in worrying and turning to the notorious Dr. Google to try and figure out if it’s normal or not!
Where to go for more information, support or help? Your GP is always the best starting point.
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