I've experienced heavy bleeding off and on for 10 years now - I do remember having to leave school once to change clothes and also remember one time during clinical bleeding at the patient's bedside and a kind housekeeper noticed and got me some clean scrubs
I've had this happen more times in my life than I care to remember. At work, at home, in the store.
I'm also severely anemic at times and take iron supplements.
I've been offered water ablation but I just can't make myself do it. Destroying the lining of my uterus sounds like asking for trouble to me . . . some cancers are caused by constant irritations (esophageal CA caused by years of reflux) that I just can't get past that.
For now, I'll live with it - I'm 49. But next summer prior to going to Vietnam again, I will ask my gyno for the bcp that keeps you from having a period for months - having a heavy period while in Vietnam in rural villages was not fun.
As for TMI . . . . stay away from threads with "menopause" in them.