How much bleeding is too much?

Woman with uterine fibroids
Listen to your body to know if heavy bleeding is a warning sign for fibroids

You may have heard that heavy bleeding is a sign of fibroids, but how can you tell the difference between normal and abnormal blood flow? Here are some helpful tips to help figure out what’s going on with your body: 

5 Signs of Abnormal Bleeding

  1. Bleeding between periods is considered abnormal.
  2. Experiencing more than one period in a month is also outside of normal bleeding. 
  3. A period that lasts longer than 7-9 days is potential cause for concern. 
  4. Flow that’s heavy enough to keep you from your daily activities should be considered a red flag. 
  5. Bleeding after menopause could indicate the presence of a uterine fibroid or other problematic condition. 

If you experience any of the above warning signs, or if you are passing blood clots that are larger than golf balls during your menstrual cycle, it is definitely time to see your doctor. Any one of these symptoms could be a sign of fibroids, polyps or adenomyosis, a condition in which endometrial tissue grows into and around the uterine wall. 

As always, when it comes to your health, the old adage is true: better safe than sorry. The best indicator of worrisome bleeding is bleeding that makes you worry. If you’re concerned about changes in your menstrual cycle, it is always a good idea to see a doctor. While everything may be normal, you’ll never know what’s going on with your body unless you speak up and see your physician. 

At your doctors office, simple procedures like blood tests and ultrasounds can determine the cause of your unusual bleeding. Once you have a diagnosis, you and your doctor can determine the best treatment plan to manage your heavy bleeding and other symptoms, so don’t delay. Contact our office and schedule an appointment today.