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How Much is Too Much: What is Considered a Heavy Period?


Updated September 16, 2009

Has your daughter ever been concerned about her period? Has she complained that it is too heavy? Many parents want to know what means a period is too heavy, and what it means about their teen's health.

If your teen daughter is going through a pad or a tampon every hour or two, her period is probably too heavy. This means soaking a regular sized pad (not a panty liner) or tampon in that time period.

If your daughter says that her flow is enough to soak a pad or tampon in an hour or two, it is important to call her pediatrician, family physician or gynecologist. A heavy flow can be a sign of a problem and is not considered normal menstruation.


Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health. September 6, 2008. http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/menstru.htm

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