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How long does a period have to last to be classified as menorrhagia?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: More than 7 days

Menorrhagia/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is any period bleeding that leads to soaking a pad/tampon more than every 2hrs, interferes w/ daily activities, or lasts >7days.
There are many causes: fibroids, polyp, hormonal imbalance (TSH/Prog/Estr), adenomyosis, bleeding disorders and cancer. Get checked out. Taking progesterone (pills/IUD) can help to thin the uterine lining so you don't bleed as much.

In brief: More than 7 days

Menorrhagia/Heavy Menstrual Bleeding is any period bleeding that leads to soaking a pad/tampon more than every 2hrs, interferes w/ daily activities, or lasts >7days.
There are many causes: fibroids, polyp, hormonal imbalance (TSH/Prog/Estr), adenomyosis, bleeding disorders and cancer. Get checked out. Taking progesterone (pills/IUD) can help to thin the uterine lining so you don't bleed as much.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Dr. Brian Nguyen
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Dr. Casey Younkin
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Variable.

What is heavy menstrual bleeding to one person might be normal to someone else.
If it is so heavy you have to stay home or plan around your period, it's menorrhagia.

In brief: Variable.

What is heavy menstrual bleeding to one person might be normal to someone else.
If it is so heavy you have to stay home or plan around your period, it's menorrhagia.
Dr. Casey Younkin
Dr. Casey Younkin
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