Heavy periods — also known as menorrhagia — are defined by having substantial blood loss in every monthly cycle. A third of women have this condition, so don’t think that you’re alone if you get them, too.
Many women feel both physically and emotionally affected by heavy periods, but the good news is, it's very unlikely to be anything more serious. Plus, wearing super absorbent tampons and heavy period pads can really help make you feel protected and secure during a heavy period.
Saying that, if you notice your periods are heavier than usual or they’re disrupting your daily life, it may be a good idea to discuss this with your doctor. Your doctor might ask you to keep a menstrual diary where you'll need to jot down how long your periods last, how often you change your protection, any changes to your flow, and the impact it’s having on your daily routine. Alternatively, you can visit our advice page for more advice on menstrual cycles.
Which products are best for a heavy period?
The best way to handle heavy periods is to ensure you wear super absorbent tampons and heavy period pads. These will offer the protection and security you need to make sure your menstrual cycle doesn’t get in the way of your life.
Lil-Lets SmartFit Ultra and Super Plus Extra tampons are the most absorbent tampons in the UK, specifically designed to handle very heavy periods. If you prefer pads, our Drylock, Super Soft, and Maxi pads provide also all the protection you need.