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How much blood is too much?

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 17:04

I presume I'm approaching menopause because my period became a bit erratic, then stopped for 4 months. However I started another period on Friday and it's the heaviest I've ever had. I use a mooncup so I can see how much I'm losing - about 10 ml an hour at the moment and at times has been heavier, up to 20 / 30 ml an hour. There have been some large clots, too, about an inch in diameter.

I'm not sure if it's my imagination but I'm starting to feel a bit light headed. When should I worry? I've heard heavy periods are to be expected during menopause, do you just ride it out?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 17:21

Hopeful bump

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wigglypiggly · 24/02/2019 17:27

I would call 111, if you're bleeding heavily and passing clots you dont want to become anaemic, if you're feeling light headed with it I would seek medical advice. Bleeding wasnt an issue for me with the menopause but it must be very uncomfortable. Are you able to rest, hope you feel better soon. Keep a record of how much you're passing.

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lljkk · 24/02/2019 17:37

You can look up guidelines in mooncup fulls (seriously). Too much = enough to inconvenience you.

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 17:40

Thank you wiggly, I was thinking I would see how it was in the morning?

lljkk where would I look for guidelines please? Yes it is inconveniencing me but everyone's period does that surely. I'm just worried is it a health risk to lose this amount.

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lljkk · 24/02/2019 17:46

I saw it on TV, but quic google =
10-35 for entire period is within usual healthy limits.
One heaving mooncup = up to 25 ml.
So you're wildly over the usual numbers.

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reallyanotherone · 24/02/2019 17:51

I saw it on TV, but quic google =
10-35 for entire period is within usual healthy limits.
One heaving mooncup = up to 25 ml.
So you're wildly over the usual numbers.


That can’t be right? One/two mooncup full for an entire period? You wouldn’t need to empty it!

I usually lose about 2 full mooncups on the first 2 days, then 2 less full for a day or so, then one.

I would say my periods are light as well. Certainly wouldn’t say heavy. But that would calculate at over 100ml.

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reallyanotherone · 24/02/2019 17:54

According to the nhs, anything over 80ml is classed as heavy...

www.nhs.uk/conditions/heavy-periods/

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 18:02

I agree with reallyanotherone, my periods are usually light and I would certainly lose 100ml or more over a few days.

But yes, at the moment I am way over the usual, I can understand that. I'm still not sure if it's something to worry about, or just one of those things.

Thanks for all the thoughts.

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YeOldeTrout · 24/02/2019 18:11

3 mooncups in total, then? Sounds like OP loses that for several days running.

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 18:34

Just got heavier again, filled a mooncup in under 2 hours.

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DoraBastable · 24/02/2019 20:03

I phoned 111 and they said come in, so I will! Thanks everyone.

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Hellbentwellwent · 24/02/2019 20:41

Good luck op, sounds very heavy, may be a fibroid?

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YeOldeTrout · 25/02/2019 06:12

update?

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DoraBastable · 26/02/2019 23:10

Sorry, nothing interesting to report. I was prescribed tranexamic acid but didn't take it so far as the bleeding lessened to a manageable, if still heavy, amount. I hope it will stop of its own accord soon.

Huge sympathy to anyone who deals with this on a regular basis as I know many women do.

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LineEyesForever · 26/02/2019 23:12

Would call 111 or just go straight to A&E as 111 will prob send you there anyway, you will likely be given something like transexamic acid to stop the bleeding. Hope you’re okay soon!

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LineEyesForever · 26/02/2019 23:13

Oh sorry just read your last post!

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