3 Common myths about heavy periods

Dismissing myths about heavy periods is part of the big picture that’s meant to get rid of the societal stigma that comes with having periods. When you know the difference between facts and fiction, you will make informed decisions and seek medical attention when the need arises. Not sure what is right and what isn’t? We get it. It is difficult to find reliable information, but we have done thorough research and have outlined three common heavy period myths and scientific facts to discredit them.

Women only experience heavy periods after giving birth

Myth. When a woman gets an anovulatory cycle (a period without ovulation), heavy bleeding may occur. This is often caused by hormonal imbalance, meaning one doesn’t have enough progesterone in their body to maintain the consistency of the periods, which may cause heavy bleeding. In most cases, heavy menstrual bleeding tends to affect women who are in their 40s and 50s, as well as girls who have just started menstruating.

You need to consult your doctor if you’re soaking your pad/tampon regularly each hour for hours

True. An average woman loses 2-3 tablespoons of blood when they get their period. In case you are changing your pad/tampon each hour for days or hours at a time, waking up at night to accidents, and worrying constantly, you are likely losing more blood than usual. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible for a check-up and treatment.

You don’t have to worry about heavy periods; super tampons are designed for this

Myth. It’s important to know that a menstrual flow fluctuates with every cycle and it’s different with every woman. But, if you experience heavy periods abnormally (menorrhagia), you must talk to your doctor. Other than being embarrassing and inconvenient, heavy periods can lead to severe menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) or anaemia. Most women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding are also prone to health problems like fatigue and headaches which cause weakness. So, if your periods affect your quality of life, visit your doctor.

If you’re concerned about heavy bleeding, ensure you seek your gynaecologist’s assistance immediately. They will examine you and offer further treatment depending on your condition.