For many women, heavy menstrual bleeding is a huge obstacle to their lifestyles. The heavy bleeding can also lead to iron-deficient anemia, the most common health-related threat of menorrhagia. While most cases of anemia are easily treated with oral iron supplements, sometimes the bleeding is so severe a woman’s entire volume of blood drops, leading to shortness of breath, severe fatigue, and heart palpitations that require hospitalization. Sometimes it’s possible to get your periods back on track with a few lifestyle tweaks. Make sure to always consult with your doctor, but these tips are a good place to start when you are unable to visit your doctor.
Here are a few things you can do at home to ease your symptoms and get your cycle back on track:
Drink plenty of water
Menstrual cramps, or primary dysmenorrhea, are an uncomfortable part of life for many women every month. A heavy period causes the body to lose a lot of water, as well as blood and iron. Replenishing this water by staying hydrated can support overall health and energy levels.
Eat foods rich with iron
A person with a heavy period is losing a lot of blood, and with it, a lot of iron. The body uses iron to create new blood cells. Taking an iron supplement can help ensure that there are enough red blood cells in the body. This can help prevent anemia, a condition that involves a lack of red blood cells. To get more of this nutrient, eat foods high in iron like; lean beef, oysters, beans, tofu, spinach, chicken, and turkey.
Eat foods rich with vitamin C
Try vitamin C supplements to help your body absorb iron and possibly strengthen blood vessels. But be careful; too much vitamin C can have unpleasant side effects like diarrhea and insomnia, so don’t take more than the recommended dose. Vitamin C is also in; kiwis, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, tomato juice, red and green peppers.
Get plenty of rest
The body needs the energy to restore the blood that it loses during a heavy menstrual flow. It is very important to rest as much as possible during your cycle, it can help prevent fatigue.
Place an ice pack on your belly
Put an ice pack on your abdomen for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day when bleeding is especially heavy. This will help in regulating the blood flow.
Wear our flow guard menstrual panties
This is washable, reusable underwear that can be worn with tampons and pads for extra protection. They could be worn alone on lighter days; but if you have a heavy flow, it is recommended to be worn with your tampons or pads.