Menstrual bleeding is a natural phenomenon but if you are suffering from painful cramps and heavy bleeding you need to investigate any underlying condition by visiting your doctor. Heavy bleeding is not a disease but the loss of blood can take a toll on your health. A girl loses much blood during the entire menstrual cycle and it can drastically reduce the iron and hemoglobin level in the body. Excessive loss of blood during periods can lead cause anemia, weakness, fatigue and mood swings.
How to differentiate between a normal period and heavy bleeding
According to research, during a normal menstrual cycle, a woman loses about 40 mls of blood. When a woman loses an average of 70 ml or more blood, they are considered as heavy bleeders. In addition to it, below are some additional red flags which should not be avoided.
1. The menstrual cycle lasts for a week or more days.
2. Changing sanitary pads, tampons or cups every couple of hours.
3. Changing pads in the middle of the night.
4. Noticing big clots of blood during periods.
5. During the period’s experiences fatigue, breathlessness and fogginess.
Why do some women experience heavy menstrual bleeding or Menorrhagia
Following are some reasons why you can have a heavy period (also known as menorrhagia).
Most of the heavy bleeders suffer from fibroids, it leads to heavy loss of blood. Fibroids are usually small growths inside the uterine lining and are usually very common in women of the childbearing age. The good news about uterine polyps is, they can be removed through a minor surgery and they are not cancerous.
#2. Hormonal issues
Another major cause of heavy bleeding is the imbalance in the hormonal level. It usually occurs during the menopause phase or during adolescence. The hormonal imbalance is usually due to the high level of progesterone in women’s body. A woman bleeds heavy as her body takes the effort to accept the new changes.
#3. Issues due to pregnancy
Heavy bleeding can be due to common pregnancy complications like ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Women can bleed heavily due to improper foetus positioning. Usually, the foetus forms outside the wall of uterine. It can be also due to the death of the foetus inside the womb.
In case of Adenomyosis, a female body experience entire childbearing process many times in her whole life time. This can have a bad effect on the reproductive organs (mostly the uterine walls) and can also damage it. As a result of the uterine walls becomes weak, thin and vulnerable to damage. There are some cases, where the nearby organs can also get affected, all this leads to excellent bleeding.
#5. Birth control methods
Prolonged use of birth control intrauterine devices can also lead to excess menstrual bleeding.
#6. Cancerous Cells
Cancerous cells can also lead to high menstrual bleeding. A cancerous agent in and around uterus can cause cervical or ovarian cancer in a woman. The chances are rare but the growth of cancerous cells in the body can lead to excessive menstrual bleeding.
Natural Home Remedies To Reduce Heavy Flow Of Periods
- Drink lots of water
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
- Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
- Drink Gelatin
- Use Period Panties
When Do I see a Doctor?
If you are having an unusually heavy period which you feel you cannot manage, then visit your doctor for a check up. If it cannot be treated through home remedies, then your doctor will advise you to use oral contraceptives, hormone supplements and in the last scenario even surgery can be considered as the treatment for heavy bleeding.
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