The first thing that might strike you when you read the topic is whether or not you have heavy bleeding during your periods. The question is how can you find out whether you have menorrhagia – medical term for heavy bleeding! Well, the most simplest way is to note the number of times you change your pad or napkin in a day.
You may be experiencing heavy bleeding if you have to change your tampon or pad after every two hours or in case your period exceeds 7 days. Having a heavy bleeding is not something which you have to take lightly, rather you have to seek the reason behind such a condition and cure the problem. Below you will find some of the common cause of the condition of menorrhagia or heavy bleeding and its remedies.
Causes of Heavy Bleeding During Period
One of the most common causes of having a heavy bleeding is hormonal imbalance. That is, right from your first period to the point when you have menopause, there are certain changes taking place in your body due to which there will be certain hormonal changes. When these levels differ and get imbalanced, it results in heavy bleeding. Do not worry if this is the cause of your menorrhagia, because it can be treated with medications after consulting your gynecologist.
Uterine Fibroid Tumor
You need not panic seeing the word ‘tumor’ because a fibroid tumor is not cancerous. It is also a common cause of heavy uterine bleeding which is seen in women belonging to the age group of 30 – 50. This condition depends on the level of estrogen produced in the body, but the actual reason as to why they are formed is still unclear.
There are surgical as well as non surgical treatments used to remove fibroid tumors. Surgical treatment procedures are: endometrial ablation, myomectomy, uterine balloon therapy, uterine artery mobilizations and hysterectomy whereas gestrinone, oral contraceptives, androgens etc are the non surgical treatment process. The presence of fibroid tumors does not cause irritation or any trouble other than the heavy bleeding and most of the doctors wait and observe until menopause, during which these fibroid tumor either disappear on their own or shrink to a small size.
In some cases there are certain polyps (small growth) seen either on the endocervical canal or the mucosal layer of cervix. This condition might be due to an infection or with response to an increased level of estrogen in the body. Usually women who have this problem are above twenty and have children. The removal of polyps is done by doing a pelvic examination during which the polyp is twisted and tied to a base tightly and removed using forceps. Antibiotics is prescribed by the doctors following this procedure.
This is also the same condition as above with the difference being that these polyps appear at the lining of the uterus. Such polyps can be removed using D&C and hysteroscopy.
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These polyps are also non cancerous and caused due to abnormal response to the enhanced level of estrogen.
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What To Do When You Have Heavy Bleeding
Relax, Eat healthy
Avoid all unnecessary tension and stress and try to keep yourself calm. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables between meals which will help you stay healthy and get rid of heavy bleeding to a great extent.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids as much you can and keep yourself hydrated. Sit down and relax whenever possible and do not strain much.
Monitoring Menstrual Cycle
Keep a check of the dates when you have your heavy periods and if it occurs often, you have to consult your doctor and take necessary treatment or pills. Don’t get irritated with the heavy flow rather try and comfort yourself either by laying down or doing something of your interest.
During your heavy bleeding periods don’t move around or exert too much on yourself as this may strain your body and worsen the problem. Do not lift heavy objects or carry weights from one place to another. Take rest as much as possible. Sit in one place and keep your legs elevated which can give you good comfort.