Everyone’s body is unique. As a result, many women struggle with trying to find what’s considered normal during menstruation. How long should a normal period be? Am I okay; am I normal? Our team considered this uncertainty while developing the Self-BAT to create a tool that would help identify individuals with an abnormal bleeding disorder. Learning about your body is the first step to getting the help you need!
To get the conversation started, Let’s Talk Period has compiled three frequently asked questions in Dr. Paula James’ practice.
“I think my periods are heavy, but how would I know?”
Since everyone’s periods are different, it can be hard to tell. Here are some general signs that your periods are too heavy:
- needing to change sanitary protection more than every hour
- passing clots greater than one centimeter
- soaking through clothes or pajamas
- staining your sheets at night
Following up with your doctor would be a good idea, as you could become iron deficient.
“I have heavy periods, but so do my mom and sister. Doesn’t this mean it’s normal for us?”
Not necessarily. Bleeding disorders like von Willebrand Disease are inherited, meaning they can run in the family. What’s normal for you and your relatives may still be abnormal bleeding. Taking the Self-BAT is a good way to find out any potential bleeding disorders. You can encourage your relatives to take it, as well!
“My period is extremely heavy and always has been. But now it seems to be getting worse. Is something wrong with me?”
Heavy bleeding can be a sign of an undiagnosed bleeding disorder. We encourage you to take the Self-BAT to get more information. Do not worry! You are not alone.
Find yourself asking these questions? Take our free, quick Self-BAT (available in French too!) on our website to discover whether you’re experiencing a bleeding disorder. Get the help that you deserve, and let’s talk!
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