ExitCare ImageMenorrhagia is when your menstrual periods are heavy or last longer than usual.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take any iron pills as told by your doctor. Heavy bleeding may cause low levels of iron in your body.

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

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

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

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


  • You soak through a pad or tampon every 1 or 2 hours, and this happens every time you have a period.

  • You need to use pads and tampons at the same time because you are bleeding so much.

  • You need to change your pad or tampon during the night.

  • You have a period that lasts for more than 8 days.

  • You pass clots bigger than 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide.

  • You have irregular periods that happen more or less often than once a month.

  • You feel dizzy or pass out (faint).

  • You feel very weak or tired.

  • You feel short of breath or feel your heart is beating too fast when you exercise.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nausea) and you throw up (vomit) while you are taking your medicine.  

  • You have watery poop (diarrhea) while you are taking your medicine.

  • You have any problems that may be related to the medicine you are taking.  


  • You soak through 4 or more pads or tampons in 2 hours.

  • You have any bleeding while you are pregnant.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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