When you have heavy periods, you may:
- Pass large blood clots and soak through your usual pads or tampons.
- Have severe menstrual cramps.
- Bleed for more than 7 days. A normal menstrual cycle usually lasts 4 to 6 days.
- Feel tired, weak and short of breath. This can be a sign of anemia.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You are passing clots of blood and soaking through your usual pads or tampons every hour for 2 or more hours.
- You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.
- You think you have anemia.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
- Your heavy periods are disrupting your life.
- You do not get better as expected.
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