Is an extremely heavy menstrual flow indicative of a serious health problem? I have two children and after their birth, I had an extremely heavy menstrual flow. I was put on the pill, but it didn’t seem to help. Could there be something seriously wrong? My doctor says there is not.
Excessive bleeding is known as menorrhagia. While menstruation varies widely among women, the average amount of blood lost each cycle is usually between two tablespoons and one cup.
It’s not unusual for women to experience changes in their patterns of menstruation after childbirth. Starting and stopping birth control pills can also affect the flow. So can a number of other things, such as taking large amounts of aspirin, diet, exercise and stress. (And just how easy is it to eat right, exercise and relax when you have two kids?)
Keep track of how many pads or tampons you use. If you are soaking through more than one an hour for more than a few hours, give your doctor another call. Also, keep track of any other abnormal symptoms.
If you have other symptoms that you think might indicate a more serious problem, talk openly with your doctor about your concerns, and if necessary, seek a second opinion.