Heavy or long-lasting vaginal bleeding during periods.


Self-care may include taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care professional right away if the bleeding:

  • Is so heavy that it soaks at least one pad or tampon an hour for two or more hours in a row.
  • Happens with tiredness or shortness of breath.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment with your care team if the bleeding:

  • Affects daily life.
  • Lasts longer than a week or happens between periods.
  • Has blood clots that appear more than one day during the period.
  • Is heavier than usual.
  • Needs two pads to keep blood from soaking through.
  • Happens after menopause.