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Menorrhagia is an abnormally heavy or prolonged menstrual period, at regular intervals.
A normal menstrual cycle comes every 21-35 days, with bleeding on average for 5 days, with a total blood loss 25-80 ml. It is possible to estimate the amount of bleeding by the number of pads a women uses during her period. A regular tampon fully soaked will hold about 5 ml of blood.
Aside from the social distress of dealing with a prolonged and heavy period, over a period of time the blood will result in depleting iron stores and anaemia.
If you're experiencing abnormalities in quantity of bleeding, passage of clots, excessive pain and/or severe anaemia.
Menorrhagia is never normal, even if it's occurring at an older age when periods should be halting (menopause).
Menorrhagia is easily treatable and should not be ignored.
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