|During normal menstruation the average woman loses about 2 ounces (60 ml) or less of blood. Menorrhagia is the medical term for significantly heavier bleeding. Menorrhagia occurs in 9 - 14% of all women and can be caused by a number of factors. Women often overestimate the amount of blood lost during their periods. Clot formation is fairly common during heavy bleeding and is not a cause for concern. However, women should consult their doctor if any of the following occurs:
* Soaking through at least one pad or tampon every hour for several hours.
* Heavy periods that regularly last 10 or more days.
* Bleeding between periods or during pregnancy. Spotting or light bleeding between periods is common in girls just starting menstruation and sometimes during ovulation in young adult women, but it is still a good idea to speak with a doctor.
How does the medical community arrive at their averages? Seems to me that menstrual cups would be the best way to collect info. The proliferation of treatments for women who have periods that are "too long" or "too heavy" worries me, how do we know what is actually abnormally long/heavy? Who is making the "rules" for how long/heavy/frequent a woman's periods should be?
So, out of curiosity, I'm keeping track of my flow during this period. Anybody want to join me or share previously collected info/observations?
I should mention that for the past few "cycles" (if I can even call them that, past 5 mos or so) my body has been sputtering back to normal. Reese is currently 15 mos old and I had some spotting at 10 mos PP, then again at 12 mos, some prolonged spotting, but then definite cervical mucus/position changes consistent with ovulation and now a definite (and heavy) period. I followed a similar sputter-then-heavy-period pattern after Griff, then had a very regular cycle with not-too-heavy periods. So hopefully this one will not be typical after this. But still, I don't expect it to be amazingly light after this, either.
It might be interesting to note that when I started using the Diva, I noticed that I could wear it approximately twice as long as I would wear a tampon. So on heavy days, I might need to change tampons every hour - which fits the first criterion for menorrhagia above. I have never had any symptoms which I considered to indicate that this was a problem, and I've heard similar experiences from many friends. We can hardly *all* be abnormal, right?
Day 1: light day. Total of about 0.25 oz all day.
5:30 AM woke up to leaky Diva, cup at/over .5 oz
7:30 AM cup at .25 oz
9:30 AM felt leak while shopping, cup at/over .5 oz
10:30 AM checked cup, .25 oz
11:30 AM checked cup, .125 oz
2:17 PM .25 oz
total so far: 2.125 oz (but since the cup leaked overnight and while shopping this morning, I have to assume there was more than that. I had a pad on for backup but can't measure that amount.)
I'm expecting 1-2 more heavy days and nights. I would not consider this to be an unhealthy period, despite what the stuff quoted above says.