1 in 5 women experience heavy periods, also known as abnormal uterine bleeding.
While common, heavy bleeding, pain and missed activities do not have be a woman’s version of “normal.” To determine if your heavy period symptoms warrant a trip to the doctor, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you regularly experience long (more than seven days) or painful periods?
- Do you experience irregular periods that make it hard to predict your menstrual cycle?
- Do you find yourself changing your pad, tampon or other protection every hour—hour after hour?
- Does your period cause you to avoid certain activities that might result in embarrassing accidents—or cause you to miss work?
- Are you tired, moody or depressed during your period?
In our 30s and 40s, as we approach menopause, we\’re more likely to develop conditions like fibroids or heavy menstrual bleeding. Unfortunately, having heavy periods means a lot more than simply heavy bleeding; heavy periods can wreak havoc in our lives and can take a physical, social and emotional toll.
Based on a survey of women with AUB2, below is a list of the effects that heavy periods may have on your life.
Effects of Heavy Periods
- 83% of women feel that their heavy period disrupts their physical well-being
- 66% of women feel exhausted when their period is at its heaviest
- 82% of women report having to take OTC pain relievers to alleviate symptoms associated with their heavy period
- 81% of women find that their heavy period is disruptive to their sex life
- Women with AUB miss 1.5 days of work/school every cycle. That’s 18 days a year on average!
- 87% of women say they feel some form of separation from loved ones and friends every cycle
- 84% of women say their heavy periods disrupt their mental and emotional wellbeing
- 42% of women report feeling depressed when their period is at its heaviest
- 54% of women report feeling overwhelmed when their period is at its heaviest