Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding is a huge problem that women face during their periods. Periods are already so painful with the mood swings and cramps, on top of that the heavy bleeding is another burden. You have to constantly be careful and check for stains. It is really uncomfortable. Also you have to invest on extra size tampons and sanitary napkins. Heavy menstrual bleeding can also cause iron deficiency leading anaemia. This can be fatal to women.
The following ways both natural and medicinal can help you control heavy bleeding.
Water is very important as a nutrient for your body during periods. Hydration smoothens your flow and cools down your body. Drinking 2 litres of water helps to maintain and retain blood volume during the periods. Also it will be helpful if you consume electrolyte water to balance with the excess water
# Vitamin C
Vitamin C is your saviour during heavy bleeding. Vitamin C foods are great absorption of iron in your body. It is the best way to prevent anaemia. Consuming citrus fruits rich in vitamin c helps to strengthen the blood vessels. Every meal consume a small ounce of vitamin C foods.
# Iron rich foods
Iron deficiency and low hemoglobin also causes heavy bleeding. Heavy bleeding worsens the iron content in your body which is important for hemoglobin creation and carrying oxygen in your body. Without iron in your body, it leads weakness and fatigue and further it leads to anemia. Include rich iron foods in your diet like kale and broccoli.
# Cook in a cast-iron utensil
If your food has a large quantity of moisture especially gravies and sauces then it will be better to cook them in cast iron pots as iron absorption is more. Just remember to stir the pot quickly if you want the absorption to happen at a faster pace.
# Oral contraceptives
Oral contraception is useful as it prevents thinning of endometrium and ovulation. This helps in reducing heavy bleeding. But before consumption please consult your doctor as there can be side-effects of hormonal birth control.
This drug reduces heavy bleeding by 20 percent as it lowers the growth of uterine linings. The drug also has an effect on your estrogen level. Without doctor’s recommendation it must not be consumed as it leads to weight gain and swelling
# Period Panties
These underwears are suitable if you have heavy periods. It does not stop the flow but prevents the stains. You can wear them with or without pads. Some brands can actually give you 12 hour protection.
# Menstrual cup
If you do not like changing pads and tampons continuously is a big challenge for you then switch to menstrual cup. They are ecofriendly and also be reused. These cups are fitted into your cervix and holds more blood than a pad or a tampon as it can be used for 8 hours straight
Heavy bleeding can take a toll on your health. A healthy lifestyle and regular monthly checkups will surely help to reduce heavy bleeding with time. Try the natural remedies and later go onto drugs with proper prescriptions.