Going With Your Flow

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For many women, it seems like they have such a heavy flow of blood every month during their period. While this may be true for some, you’d be surprised to know that you actually may not be as heavy as you think you are.

Women with a moderate amount of blood flow only lose 1.01-1.35 fluid ounces per their entire menstruation cycle. Normally, your body only loses no more than 2.7 fluid ounces per cycle. The usual length for women to have menstrual bleeding is four to six days.

Did you know that a normal-sized tampon or pad holds a teaspoon of blood?


There is a condition called Menorrhagia. This condition is for women who have a flow of more than 80 ml per menstrual cycle. This would typically result in 16 soaked sanitary products per menstrual period. If you suffer from Menorrhagia, you will most likely have a low blood count (anemia) or evidence of an iron deficiency.

How Much Are You Bleeding?

It’s hard to determine how much you’re bleeding. If you want to know how much you flow you can calculate that one soaked, normal-sized sanitary product holds about a teaspoon of blood. You can record how many you soak each day to measure it. You also can use a period cup to measure the amount of blood you lose each cycle.

If you have questions or concerns about your period, bleeding or anything else related to your menstrual cycle, contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. and schedule your appointment today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.