Menorrhagia is when a menstrual period is heavier or longer than normal.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not take aspirin 1 week before or during your period. Aspirin can make the bleeding worse.

  • Lay down for a while if you change your tampon or pad more than once in 2 hours. This may help lessen the bleeding.

  • Take any iron pills as told by your doctor. Heavy bleeding may cause you to lack iron in your body.

  • Eat a healthy diet and foods with iron. These foods include leafy green vegetables, meat, liver, eggs, and whole grain breads and cereals.

  • Eat foods that are high in vitamin C. These include oranges, orange juice, and grapefruits. Vitamin C can help your body take in more iron.

  • Do not try to lose weight. Wait until the heavy bleeding has stopped and your iron level is normal.


  • You get a fever.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You bleed even more heavily than usual and pass blood clots.

  • You feel dizzy, weak, or pass out (faint).

  • You need to change your tampon or pad more than once an hour.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), throw up (vomit), or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You have problems from medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.