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How to deal with heavy period

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Heavy period is undoubtedly an intense uncomfortable condition for women. Menorrhagia is the medical term for abnormal menstrual bleeding. It can restrict a woman from her day-to-day activities and bring about weakness, nausea, dizziness, and cramping due to considerable amount of blood loss.

The first line of control is obviously a medical check up and ruling out the cause behind such heavy flow. Secondly, you can do certain things at home that would help you to deal with the difficulties of heavy period.

Get yourself diagnosed

You must get yourself diagnosed if flooding is happening every cycle. There are several reasons associated behind heavy periods- it could be hormonal imbalance, ovarian dysfunction, presence of polyps, inherited bleeding disorders, etc.

Once your doctor finds out the reason, you will be given the right treatment for the underlying complication which will further normalize your bleeding. Common drugs prescribed for reducing heavy bleeding include- iron supplements, NSAIDs, progesterone pills, oral contraceptives, hormonal IUD (Minera).

Surgical treatments like hysterectomy, endometrial ablation and resection, dilation and curettage may also be performed to control heavy bleeding.

Take enough rest, stop physical activities

You need to stop your physical activities at least before 2-3 days before your periods initiate. Exercises, running or other sport moves can further increase your bleeding and cause tremendous cramping. When you have heavy periods, you need sufficient rest. Take off from office, school or other activities that require physical exertion.

Rest involves lying down on bed sideways or on your back. Support yourself with some pillows to get better comfort. Avoid sleeping on your tummy.

Change your sanitary napkins as frequently as possible to avoid staining

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Do not allow your pads to get drenched; instead make sure you change it as often as possible. It’s natural for women with heavy periods to worry about staining. Take this precaution to avoid wetting your clothes.

Use washroom frequently and don’t restrain from urinating.

You can consider using a menstrual cup

Menstrual cups have greater capacity than tampons and pads. You can consider using a larger size of cup when you have heavy bleeding. The flexible cups can be worn inside the vagina very easily. The fluid collects inside the cup, which doesn’t leak. It can be discarded when the cup is full and reused.

Follow the instructions explained in the pack or consult your doctor to know how to use a menstrual cup directly.

Eat diet rich in iron

Although, this doesn’t reduce your fluid loss, iron keeps you strong internally during that phase. Eat cereals fortified with iron, beans, lentils, etc. Apart from that, make sure you are having the iron supplements suggested by your doctor.

Uplift your mood, de-stress

Feeling bad, dull, drowsy, irritated and non-energetic are very normal while having too much bleeding. It’s for this reason, you need to make a conscious effort to inject that “feel-good-factor” within you. Divert your mind by talking with friends, eating good food, listening to music, etc. You can also pamper yourself during this time with a soothing massage therapy.

Those were some wonderful ways to deal with heavy periods. However, to bring down the bleeding you need treatment. So, follow the home remedies and simultaneously get a medical check up done.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 17, 2015

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