Tips For Women Who Have Heavy Periods


If you have a very heavy period, you know that handling the pain and flow can be quite a challenge.Fortunately, there are some things you can to do maintain your health (and your sanity) when you have a heavy period. These tips can help you make the best of things. 

1. Use a menstrual cup instead of typical pads or tampons. 

Are you tired of going through feminine hygiene products as if they were no stronger than a flimsy piece of toilet paper? If you have to use several super tampons each day (some women have to put a new one in every hour because of the flow), you can try using a menstrual cup. There are some benefits, including:

  • A way to measure your blood loss. Most cups have a measurable amount they can hold, so when you change it, you can keep track of your blood loss. This helps because then you can tell your gynecologist exactly how much blood you are losing. Sometimes a heavy a period can point to another problem, so this information is quite useful.
  • Fewer leaks. A cup holds more than a tampon and it is sealed in place. They can still leak if they overflow, but you will notice right away. If you use a pad in conjunction with a cup, you may find yourself throwing out fewer pairs of underwear. 
  • Less expense. Because you end up using so many hygiene products, the cost associated with replacing them can be very high. A cup is a one-time investment, and after one of two months, it will easily pay for itself. 

Using a cup can take some getting used to. Your gynecologist can recommend a brand and size that will work for you.

2. Take iron.

Women who lose so much blood during menstruation often become anemic. They simply don't consume enough iron each month to make up for the blood loss. Supplement your iron with a vitamin to replace what you lose. Decreased iron levels make you feel tired and sluggish, so supplementing may help you get some energy back.

3. Talk to your doctor about over-the-counter or prescription solutions.

Some women can take high doses of ibuprofen each month to help prevent inflammation. Some non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can actually knit up some of the blood vessels in your uterus because they reduce high levels of prostaglandins in your body, helping to reduce to overall flow. For women who have serious period problems, ketoprofen, naxoprofen, or even birth control pills may be the better solution. Your gynecologist can help you as you find a way to manage.

Contact a clinic like Contemporary Health Care for Women to set up an appointment with a doctor if you're concerned about your periods.


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