Treatment of Heavy Bleeding or Menorrhagia During Periods

Women Health | HealthGeekss | Aug 9,2019

Heavy periods (also known as menorrhagia in scientific term) is when menstrual flow lasts longer than 7 days. In this condition you have to change pad very hour for many hours.

 How to Treat or Manage Heavy Bleeding During Periods?

Size of blood clot may be larger in every menstrual flow. Heavy bleeding interrupt badly human’s life. A person feel fatigue, weakness, pain or cramping. Sometimes loss of blood is so much heavy and is leads to anemia.

Unluckily, sometimes women have to hospitalize due to lack of blood, breath shortness or fatigue.

Heavy bleeding can be cured by home remedies. But for some women doctors recommend medications or surgery.

Factors Which Causes Heavy Bleeding

When one period is heavy, it can be due to the fluctuation in hormonal level in the reproductive system. 

When periods are continually heavy, it can be due to:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Presence of polyp or fibroids in uterus
  • Medication such as aspirin
  • Growth of cancerous cell in uterus
  • Birth control
  • Miscarriage or abortion
  • Heavy workout regimen
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic Inflammatory  Disease

Various treatment of heavy bleeding or menorrhagia are:

Home Remedies

1. Use an Ice Pack

Put some ice cubes on abdomen for 20 minutes several times in a day to get relief from cramping or pain.

2. Vitamin C Supplement

Due to heavy bleeding, there can be deficiency of iron in the body. Body can’t absorb iron easily and Vitamin C supplements can help body to absorb iron.
Intake various fruits enriched in Vitamin C such as Citrus fruits with iron supplemments.

3. Intake Iron

Research states that iron deficiency can lead to heavy bleeding. During bleeding body loss so much blood and iron also. The body uses iron to create red blood cells.

If there is deficiency of red blood cells in the body, it can lead to anemia condition. Try to intake enough iron supplements such as dark green leafy vegetables, meat and legumes.

4. Use Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups have more capacity to absorb menstrual liquid and 0.5% less likely to leak fluidso there are less chances to empty cup than pads. They are also reusable and can be used upto 10 years.

5. Use Period Panties at Night

Period panties absorb fluid like menstrual pads. Sleeping with these panties can be more comfortable than pads and person have to wake up less at night.

6. Use Heating Pads

Heating pads can reduce the cramping or pain during menstrual cycle. Their heat can relax the muscles involved.

7. Take Rest

Body needs plenty of rest to restore the blood it lost during bleeding. Try to take rest whenever it is possible to prevent fatigue.

8. Exercise

Exercise is the best way to deal with monorrhagia. Yoga is effective when you are trying to coping from stress.

9. Eat Fruits

Try to eat pomegranate extract to recover the blood loss. Ayurvedic healers use pomegranate extract to heal ailments from millennia because extract of this fruit act as blood coagulant.

10. Be Hydrated

Keep yourself hydrated because there is loss of water, as well as blood or iron. Recharge yourself with water to restore your energy level.

Herbal Remedies

Some research shows that herbal remedies are very helpful in treatment of menorrhagia. The following can reduce the duration of period and heavy blood loss:
Some research shows that herbal remedies are very helpful in treatment of menorrhagia. The following can reduce the duration of period and heavy blood loss:

  • Pomegranate extract
  • Ginger capsules
  • Myrtle fruit syrup

Medication treatment of heavy bleeding or menorrhagia

Doctors can prescribe medicines to treat heavy periods. They can prescribe you following medicines depending on your medical history to stop pain and heavy bleeding:

  • Intrauterine Device(IUD): Intrauterine device is helpful to stop bleeding who uses intrauterine contraception to prevent pregnancy.
  • Danazol: Danazol block the action of estrogen hormone in the body. Thus it stops the period in about six to seven weeks. But it has some side effects such as reduced breast size and acne.
  • Birth Control Pills: They can help in stopping heavy bleeding.
  • Progestin: Progestin is the most prescribed medicine for monorrhagia. It can reduce the bleeding upto 15% by reducing the effects of estrogen in the body. Various side effects are weight gain, headaches, swelling and depression.
  • Oral Contraceptives: These can reduce the bleeding upto 60% by preventing ovulation and thinning the lines of uterus.
  • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medicine: Various drugs, such as Ibuprofen(advil), naproxen(aleve) can reduce the pain and may also stop heavy bleeding upto 25 to 35 percent.

Surgical Options

Doctors will prefer surgeries if there is polyp or fibroids in uterus. Following surgeries can help you to reduce heavy bleesing:

  • Dilation and Curettage: In this method doctors will remove some of the lining of the uterus to stop bleeding. Patient may undergo the surgery more than once.
  • Endometrial ablation or resection: This method removes all lining of uterus to prevent heavy bleeding. The side effect is pregnancy seems impossible after that.
  • Operative Hysteroscopy: This invasive procedure removes polyp from uterus to help stop heavy bleeding.
  • Hysterectomy: This surgery removes complete uterus. In this case there are no chances to become pregnant again.
Disclaimer: This article provides generic information. Consult your doctor or specialist for more information. Please don’t rely on above information. HealthGeekss doesn’t claim any responsibility of information.

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