I woke up one day and when I stood up a gush of blood (mostly liquid blood) coming out during my period and it never happened again. Did something bad happen?

Great question! The short answer is yes, it’s totally normal to have a period that fluctuates based on where you are in your cycle and what you are doing during that time of day (i.e. playing a sport, laying down for long periods, etc).  Everyone’s “flow” (amount of bleeding) is different, some experience very light bleeding, while others experience heavy bleeding. For example, it’s not uncommon for someone to go to sleep at night with a light flow and wake up with a heavy flow, this is due to the change in position (think gravity). The blood pools in the vagina overnight while you are lying flat, then when you stand it comes out. However, it’s important to know what is normal for you! The best way to find your normal is by keeping tabs on how frequently you change or empty your period products. A good rule of thumb is if you are changing or emptying your products every hour because they are saturated, then, you should call your health care provider (HCP).  This amount of bleeding may be a cause for concern, so it’s best to get checked out!