What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB)?
It is likely that, from time to time, you will experience heavier than usual bleeding during your menstrual period, but it can be hard to know if this is normal or if your periods are heavy compared with other women. Heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) can be a serious and debilitating condition. It is defined by the impact it has on a woman’s physical, social and emotional quality of life, for example, if your monthly period limits your normal daily activities, or affects your role at work.
A good indication that blood loss is excessive is if you experience any of the following:
You are using an unusally high number of tampons or pads, for example, if there is enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours
You are experiencing flooding (heavy bleeding) through to your clothes
You need to use double protection, i.e. tampons and pads together
You are experiencing night time bleeding that requires you to get up to change pads or tampons, use extra protection at night and / or change your bed sheets