Coping With Heavy Periods

by Holistic_Health

Heavy menstrual bleeding -- menorrhagia -- makes daily living difficult to say the least. These tips will help you get through the day, hopefully without embarrassment.

If you have been suffering with heavy periods, I'm sure you're already aware of the possible causes -- fibroids, endometriosis, etc. -- and are looking into the medical aspect of its cause as well as treatment. This article is not about that. It's about how to deal with the problem on a practical level. No one wants to deal publicly with a private problem. These tips will give you coping skills to deal with the day-to-day problems you experience.

How To Deal With a Heavy Menstrual Flow

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Natural Period Pain Remedies

Heavy Period Tips

  1. Keep track of your menstrual cycle. You don't want it to sneak up on you and be unprepared. Start carrying/wearing supplies a few days before you expect it to start.
  2. You never know when an especially heavy day will deplete your supplies so keep them in multiple places -- home, school, your purse, locker, car, etc.
  3. Go to the bathroom as often as you need to. If you're in school and teachers have a problem with his, then ask to go to the nurse. You may need to  get a doctors note and/or get your parents involved. Waiting too long is the surest way to have an overflow so you may need to be assertive.
  4. If you haven't already, consider using a tampon or tampon in combination with a pad. It will get rid of that 'gushing' feeling when you stand up.
  5. Wear panties a size too small to keep the pad snug to your body. Also, wear waterproof panties to slow down leakage when you have an 'accident'.
  6. Young girls at school are often self-conscious about menstrual paraphernalia. If the noise of the wrapper attracts undue attention while you're in the stall, flush the toilet while you assemble your supplies.  
  7. Wear night-time pads during the day. The stem-to-stern coverage will reduce chances of an accident.
  8. Accidents happen. Keep a jacket or sweater handy to wrap around your waist.

Heavy Period Supplies

Always Infinity Pads Overnight with Wings, 14-count Packages (Pack of 4)

Form-fitting channels for great leakage protection.

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Vv SkiVvys "June Vintage" Full Coverage Waterproof Leak Resistant Protective Panty

They look and feel like regular panties, but they are waterproof, leak and stain resistant for women to wear when they need them! Thin, stretchy and pretty. THIS PANTY ANSWERS ...

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Tampax Pearl Plastic, Ultra Absorbency, Unscented Tampons, 36-Count (Pack of 2)

Tampax Pearl with LeakGuard helps stop leaks so you can be protected for up to a maximum of 8 hours, even overnight. Tampax Pearl has a unique LeakGuard Braid, a smooth ...

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Period Problems

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Women with heavy periods often experience fatigue because of iron deficiency or anemia. If this is the case, you may want to consider taking an iron supplement. Take it with orange juice and the vitamin C will help your body  absorb more of the iron.

Another issue often associated with heavy periods is the pain of menstrual cramps. While there are many over-the-counter medications available, natural blends of herbs and other nutrients are also helpful. Looks for blends that contain magnesium for muscle relaxation and black cohosh for pain relief.

Most period problems are due to unbalanced hormones so be sure to have your doctor test your hormonal levels. Balanced hormones should cause your problems to go away for good.

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Updated: 09/04/2013, Holistic_Health
 
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katiem2 on 06/27/2012

I was thinking this would be a great article to link to my cyst article. What do you think?

Holistic_Health on 06/26/2012

@katiem2 Thanks - hope it helps someone.

katiem2 on 06/24/2012

Great advice and so helpful for the many who struggle with heavy periods.

Gigantomastia on 04/21/2012

Fibroid tumors are one of the most common reasons women have heavy periods. Often it's related to too much estrogen from food and other sources.

Holistic_Health on 04/08/2012

Great, glad it was helpful!

terrilorah on 04/08/2012

Good advice! My daughter has endometriosis and will tell her about this.

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