The amount of blood you lose during a period varies from girl to girl. Normaly blood flow may start during menstrution cycle is light, then get heavier, and then get lighter in the end. It all depends on the heaviness of your flow. Many women lose between 2 to 6 tablespoons or 30 to 40 mililiters of blood each period although some women may experiencing as much as a cup.
If women are experiencing severe cramping, nausea, or other side effects, then the best thing to do is see you doctor for a quick check up.
How much you’re actually bleeding?
Now a days it is quite easy to make an estimate of menstral bleeding by using different things like;
If you use menstrual cups
The easiest way to measure fluid loss by using menstrual cup. Not have an absorption issues, even some cups have volume markings for easy reading, soley depending on the brand and type you are using. Usually menstrual cups may hold 30 to 60 milliliters blood at a time.
Make a note whether in your phone, diary or keep a log of how much fluid it contains when ever you empty the cup. If you may find that your entire blood loss is greater than 60 milliliters, it’s only because of tissue, mucus, and uterine lining which add volume to your flow.
If you use tampons, pads, or period underwear
By using absorbent tampons, pads, or period underwear it is a bit harder to measure total blood loss during your cycle. But you can done it by, take into account the item’s fully soaked capacity. Regular tampons, for example, hold 5 milliliters of fluid. Super tampons hold double that.
If you lose 60 milliliters during your period, you may soak through 6 to 12 tampons depending on the size you use. If you lose half of that, you’ll likely use fewer.
If you want to calculate the actual blood content
First, it’s important to understand one very important element of menstrual flow: You’re not only losing blood. Studies reveals that;
- 36 percent blood and
- 64 percent other elements like tissues, uterine lining, mucus and
- blood clots
With this in mind, you can multiply your total loss by 0.36 to determine the approximate amount of blood you’ve lost. Subtracting this figure from your total loss will give you the amount of other materials.
For example, if you collect 120 milliliters of menstrual fluid, multiply that by 0.36 to get a total blood loss of 43.2 milliliters. That’s well within the “normal” range of 30 to 60 milliliters.
If you subtract 43.2 milliliters from 120 milliliters, you find that your menstrual flow contained 76.8 milliliters of other components.
See your doctor if you:
- if you soak through one or more tampons, pads, or cups per hour for several hours
- need to use double protection, such as a tampon and a pad, to prevent leaking
- bleed for more than seven days
- pass blood clots larger than a quarter
- have to restrict daily activities because of your period
- experience, fatigue, shortness of breath, or other signs of anemia