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.

Coping With Heavy Periods

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Menstrual Period Problems

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.

How To Deal With a Heavy Menstrual Flow

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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.

Books About Menstruation

Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You

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Red Flower: Rethinking Menstruation

An integral part of every woman's life, menstruation has typically been characterized as a curse. Red Flower debunks the myths and prejudices surrounding this natural process th...

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105 Ways to Celebrate Menstruation

Reclaim a sense of love and honor for your body and your menstrual cycle, 105 Ways to Celebrate Menstruation invites you to explore healing tools that promote wellness and empow...

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Updated: 09/28/2022, Holistic_Health
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AgingandDisability on 10/08/2022

Heavy periods are so bothersome. You always have to worry if you're going to have an accident. Thanks for these tips.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/01/2022

The text below the gummy vitamin product line images indicates that vitamin C in orange juice aids absorbing iron supplements.

Is that a general rule for any reason prompting including iron supplements in daily regimes?

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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