How To Manage Heavy Menstrual Periods

If you’re having menstrual periods , continuous bleeding, for at least a week, you’re probably suffering from a condition commonly called menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding. Menorrhagia is a common disorder for menstruating women. It happens when a period lasts longer and releases more blood flow than a regular menstrual cycle. That means in simple words, if you are experiencing heavy menstrual periods, you should be careful and understand related causes and solutions.

So, if you’re using tampons, you’ll notice that it quickly gets soaked or that you need to double your use for added protection and comfort. In addition, you’ll see blood clots the size of a penny or even larger. 

On top of that, your period is so heavy that it disrupts the quality of your daily life, preventing you from doing your normal tasks like household chores. 

Other symptoms of menorrhagia include:

  • Waking up to change protection at night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Quick tiredness

 

If these symptoms continue to persist, you’ll need to consult your gynecologist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment, especially if you’re already menopausal or nearing menopause.

Visiting a good gynecologist will also help you to learn some expert-approved practices and medical explanation and solution which will help you manage heavy menstrual periods.

Undergo Minerva Ablation

Minerva endometrial ablation is the process of removing the lining of the uterus or endometrium. When you have your period, your endometrium lining thickens and sheds, and without it, your menstruation may be lighter and shorter. 

  • How Minerva Endometrial Ablation Works

Minerva Ablation relies on a patented delivery system that comprises a mesh whose purpose is to release heat energy to the endometrial tissue. Three mechanisms are utilized to carry heat to the endometrium: radiofrequency energy, heated fluid, and ionized argon gas. 

Before you decide to undergo this treatment, ask your doctor to find out if you’re a good candidate, especially if you have a health condition, are currently pregnant, or are planning to get pregnant in the future.

  • How The Procedure Is Done

Since general anesthesia isn’t required, you’ll be provided with medicine that will help you feel comfortable and relaxed and that may numb your cervix (the opening of your uterus) before the procedure. After that, a gynecologist will dilate your cervix to insert the ablation device, which resembles a long wand with a soft tip. Once the device is set in place, your doctor will use a controller to heat the endometrium, which will take only a few minutes. Then the wand is removed, and the procedure is complete.

  • What To Expect After The Procedure

You’ll be monitored for an hour or so before you’re discharged. Since you’ve taken medication to relax, you’ll need someone who can drive you home. You might experience some cramping for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication will help relieve cramps. Apart from cramps, you might have vaginal discharge, so you’ll need to wear a panty liner between two to four weeks. 

 

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Try Natural Remedies

There are simple home tricks that you can do to alleviate your symptoms and promote a normal menstrual cycle.

 

Keep Yourself Well-Hydrated

When you’re bleeding heavily, your blood count may become very low. Compensate for the lost volume by drinking at least four to six cups of water daily. You can also drink electrolyte water or add extra salt to your food to help balance the amount of water you’re taking.

 

Consume Foods Rich In Iron

Bleeding heavily also means you’re losing a significant amount of iron in your blood. This mineral is essential to supply oxygen throughout your body. Without enough supply of iron in your blood, you may experience iron-deficiency anemia

To replenish the lost iron in your blood, you might want to consume iron-rich foods, including red meats, spinach, tofu, poultry meats, and beans.

 

Consume Foods Rich In Vitamin C

Anemia is a common result of heavy menstruation or menstrual bleeding pain, so it’s really important to consume foods which are rich in vitamin C. It will help your body absorb more iron. Foods that contain a good amount of vitamin C include the following:

  • Citrus fruits, such as lemons, grapefruits, limes, oranges, and pomelos
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Tomato and tomato-based products, such as purees and juices
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kiwis
  • Guavas
  • Strawberries

Alternatively, you can take vitamin C supplements if you have a strict diet that doesn’t permit you to eat some foods mentioned above.

 

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Use Cast-Iron Pan When Cooking

Cooking with a cast-iron pan may help your body replenish its lost iron supply, as the substance gets absorbed by moisture-rich foods, such as sauces. Constant stirring may even help add more iron to your food.

However, be careful not to consume too much iron to avoid side effects, such as diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and nausea.

 

Take Supplements

heavy menstrual periods bleeding
heavy menstrual periods bleeding

Supplements can help supply the nutrients you need if you can’t get them on your diet. They’re especially ideal for people who have special needs and are on strict diet routine. Even if supplements are proven to relieve symptoms and supply a good amount of nutrients for your body, consult your doctor first before you buy and take them. Your doctor will help you determine whether you need to take a supplement, what the right dose is, and what the possible side effects and interactions with other medications you’re currently taking are. 

Here are some supplements your doctor might advise you to take when you’re bleeding heavily:

  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): This nutrient may help reduce your bleeding and promote the absorption of iron in your body, preventing iron deficiency.
  • Iron (Ferrous Sulfate): Lack of iron supply may be correlated to heavy menstrual periods bleeding. Use iron supplements only if your doctor recommends it or if you can’t get enough of it from your diet.
  • Blackstrap Molasses: This substance is known for supplying your body with a significant amount of iron and other essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium.

 

Use Medications

Your doctor may prescribe you some medications that will help alleviate the symptoms you’re experiencing, such as:

  • Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medications: OTC medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, will help relieve pain and reduce bleeding. However, taking high doses of OTCs may result in some side effects, like drowsiness and headaches. So, it’s important to take only what your doctor advises.
  • Birth Control Pills: They may help you have regular flow. 
  • Tranexamic Acid: This medication aids in reducing blood loss, and it should only be taken during your period.
  • Oral Progesterone: It allows your body to correct any imbalance and reduces the risk of menorrhagia.

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience mild to severe and persisting side effects while taking any of these medications. 

 

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Final Words

Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual periods bleeding may lead to anemia, particularly iron deficiency anemia, and physical symptoms, like fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Hence, it can make it difficult for you to carry out everyday tasks. However, with these tips, you’ll be able to manage this condition and feel more comfortable.

 

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Dr. Amanda

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Amanda is a certified nutritionist and fitness yoga trainer, and writer in the areas of health, fitness and nutrition.
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