Menstruation, also known as period, are a natural occurrence in a woman’s body in which the vaginal bleeds for 3-7 days every month. Periods aren’t fun, let’s face it! Periods cause all kinds of strange things in our bodies, from mood changes to cramps. Menstrual bleeding varies in length and severity from woman to woman. For some, it may be brief with normal or low flow, whereas for others, it may be lengthy with high flow. This abnormal or heavy flow during periods is called abnormal uterine bleeding or menorrhagia. This term is typically used when the bleeding does not follow a normal or regular pattern. So, what exactly is excessive bleeding in period?
A typical woman, on average, loses around 40 ml of blood during this period. However, on the other hand women with heavy bleeding may possibly lose up to 80 ml. Heavy or prolonged bleeding, if left untreated, can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. It can also cause anaemia. If you have a bleeding disorder, it may lead to other health issues.
How do I know I have excessive bleeding in period?
There are a few signs that you may be experiencing excessive bleeding or heavy flow during your period.
- More than a week of bleeding
- Using one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several hours in a row
- Limiting daily activities due to heavy blood flow
- Using double sanitary protection in order to control the flow
- Having to wake up in the middle of the night to change sanitary protection
- Signs of anaemia – fatigue, tiredness, short breath
- Larger blood clots
- Excess abdominal pain and cramp
- Intermenstrual bleeding
- After-menopausal vaginal bleeding
Causes of excessive bleeding in period:
The cause of excessive bleeding in period is unknown in some cases, but a variety of conditions can result in heavy bleeding. The following are common causes:
- Hormone imbalance (PCOS, Thyroid, Insulin)
- Ovaries dysfunction
- Inherited bleeding disorders
- Complications during pregnancy
- Some infections
- Contraceptive devices
- Certain medications
- Some medical conditions
Foods that help with heavy or excessive bleeding in periods:
When it comes to heavy menstruation, food is very important. To avoid bloating, always eat light and fresh foods. Cravings are normal during this time of the month, but choose foods that are low in sodium. Sharing a few foods that can help with heavy bleeding:
It is critical to consume an adequate amount of water. Heavy bleeding can result in low blood volume and, at times, dehydration. Drinking an extra 4-6 cups of water at this time will aid in water retention, blood volume maintenance, and bloating prevention. You can also choose an electrolyte solution or a fruit with a high-water content.
2. Iron rich foods:
Iron deficiency can result in anaemia, which causes fatigue. Heavy bleeding can deplete your body’s iron reserves. Consumption of iron-rich foods aids in the retention of blood cells. Tofu, beetroot, spinach, beans, lentils, quinoa, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, raisins, apricot, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and dark chocolate are all good options.
3. Magnesium rich foods:
Magnesium is key in formation of bones, maintaining blood flow, keeping stress low and to make hormones happy. It also brings relief to girls who suffer from menstrual cramps, leg cramps, irritable mood and heavy menstrual bleeding. Spinach, beans, oats, pumpkin, squash, chia seed, sunflower seed, cumin, whole wheat flour, milk, yogurt, almond, peanut, cocoa, cashew, quinoa are great sources of this mineral to reduce heavy flow.
4. Vitamin C rich foods:
This vitamin, if taken in the right amount, may help with heavy flow during the periods. Moreover, it helps in the absorption of iron which prevents iron deficiency in the body. Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, bell peppers, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes are some of the foods that you can include.
5. Nuts and seeds:
Increasing omega-3 fatty acids and lowering saturated fats may assist to improve and manage bleeding. Saturated fats induce inflammation and thus severe bleeding, whereas omega 3’s are required for the body to develop anti-inflammatory cells. Overall, it also reduced the intensity of period pain, reduced mood swings and depression. Include pumpkin seed, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and flaxseed in your diet.
Research shows that ginger, when consumed in right amounts, helps in reducing or controlling the heavy blood flow during periods. Ginger, on the other hand, decreases the blood flow, helps in reducing nausea and soothing achy muscles. A warm ginger tea once a day helps!
Ayurvedic herbs have long been known for their healing and treatment properties. Manjishtha is a herb known for its blood purifying properties and ability to restore uterine health. Aside from that, it is well known for treating pimples, improving moods, controlling heavy bleeding, reducing foul odour during periods, developing smooth blood flow during periods, reducing menstrual pain, and aiding in the regulation of periods as well as treating PCOS.
Turmeric (Haldi) has medicinal properties that aid in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. It aids in hormone balance and menstrual cycle regulation in females. Furthermore, it helps to reduce bloating, and alleviates period cramps by relaxing the muscles. Curcumin stimulates the production of bile in the gallbladder, which is then used by the liver to eliminate toxins and purify the blood, resulting in normal blood flow. (Immunity powder for kids)
Yes! You heard it right. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and iron. Studies show that dark chocolate or cocoa helps in reducing the severity of PMS Symptoms.
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