It sounds to me that you have very significant menorrhagia. This is the medical term that we used to describe very heavy vaginal bleeding
. The most important step for you is to determine why you are having this heavy vaginal bleeding. For this, I suggest that you schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN. The first step is for you to undergo a vaginal ultrasound
to look at your uterus and to assess whether there are any abnormalities. The most common abnormality that would be found on an ultrasound of your uterus that can cause this problem is uterine fibroids. These are small benign tumors of the uterine musculature that can grow towards the inner part of the uterus and cause heavy bleeding. Another possible cause is a condition called adenomyosis. This is a similar type of condition as uterine fibroids. People that have significant bleeding disorders
also have heavy periods as well, but the fact that you are just having this now the age of 40 speaks more to a uterine problem rather than a blood clotting problem. If you do end up having uterine fibroids, then the typical treatment depends on whether or not you want to try to have more children. If you are done having kids, then hysterectomy one of the preferred options. Again, please speak with your OB/GYN.