Hi monkey, I used to use maternity pads. I used to have such a bad af, it even got to the point where I set my alarm every couple of hours to wake up so I could change....otherwise it'd be a massive mess....sorry if tmi. Anyway, I had suffered this from day 1 when I got af at 13. I found going on a particular pill helped. I also had a laporoscopy this year & found out I had bad cysts & endo. This was all removed & now my af barely lasts 2-3 days. It is such a difference. What I'm trying to say is please see a specialist (ob/gyn) as the gp's never took me seriously (they thought I was over exaggerating). I wish I had done this years & years ago !! Good luck !