What's Normal - What's Not?
A regular period can last three to six days. “Anything more than that is considered a heavy period,” said Sami Zeineddine, MD, CHI Health obstetrician/gynecologist.
Using more than one pad every hour to 90 minutes, or needing to use pads and tampons simultaneously? That’s also considered a heavy period.
Women shouldn’t hesitate to talk to their OB/GYNs about heavy or irregular periods.
“In fact, if women are overweight, they shouldn’t wait for it to bother them, because they are at a higher risk of pre-cancer or cancer of the uterus. So if you’re obese and your period is changing, it’s worth raising the question.”
Other signs you should seek help: “If you’re tired, having headaches, or if you are missing school or work,” Zeineddine said.