At some point, we all have heavy-period days when we find ourselves rushing to the loo with an overflowing pad or waking up to blood-stained bed sheets. For many others, it could be a regular thing due to constant stress, birth control pills/intrauterine devices, genetics or hormonal changes. Either way, losing over 80mL of blood per cycle or having a period longer than eight days isn’t healthy according to a study published in the journal BMC Women’s Health. In this case, you’ve got to consult with your doc. However, if an intense menstrual flow bothers you occasionally, here are five super-effective home remedies to deal with this uncomfortable situation:
What Is A Heavy Period?
A heavy period is characterised by a need to change your pad/tampon before the regular two-hour interval. It can also make you pass blood clots larger than a quarter of an inch. The medical world calls it menorrhagia and here are its six striking symptoms:
-A fully-soaked sanitary pad/tampon every one-two hours consecutively for several hours.
-Stained bedsheets at night that make it necessary for you to wake up every few hours to change your period aid.
-Experiencing leakages despite using big-sized sanitary pads.
-Bleeding for more than a week on your period.
-Passing large blood clots.
Home Remedies For Heavy Period
Frequent loo visits, leakages, and constant dampness due to a heavy period can make shark week even tougher than it already is. However, these five heavy period home remedies can help regulate your menstrual flow naturally and make your life easier:
According to a 2017 study, applying a cold compress or an ice pack on your abdomen can control heavy menstrual flow by constricting your blood vessels. The recommended way to get the best out of this heavy period home remedy is to apply the ice pack for 20 minutes in one go and repeat it several times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is hailed for its weight loss-aiding properties. But it can also help reduce your menstrual flow if consumed daily. All you’ve got to do is to mix a teaspoon of it in a cup of warm water and sip on it once-twice a day.
Cinnamon tea is yet another effective heavy period home remedy that works by driving blood flow away from the uterus and reducing inflammation. It’s best to start consuming it a week or two before your due period date. All you need to do is to boil a cinnamon stick in water for 10-15 minutes and tada! Your cup of great menstrual health is ready.
Flaxseeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Whenconsumed with milk or water, they can restore the estrogen-progesterone balance in your body. This in turn can regulate your menstrual flow and make your periods lighter. You can also sprinkle it on your salads and raita as well.
According to a 2014 study, an eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder three times a day can cut menstrual bleeding in half. This heavy period home remedy works best when incorporated into your lifestyle. It also has other health benefits like strengthening your immunity, reducing inflammation in the body, and restoring hormonal balance.
Sirona Recommends Best Products To Manage Heavy Periods
Sirona Dry Comfort Panty Liners
Soft, breathable, and ultra-thin, these panty liners can give you that extra layer of protection from leakages. They’re godsend if you’re constantly worried about stains while on the go. They’re easy to carry and super comfy too as they’re made with breathable and biodegradable material.
Antibacterial Period Stain Remover
The name says it all. This product comes in very handy if you end up staining your underwear or lowers while on your period. Made with bio enzymes, grapefruit extract, and lemon peel extract, it can remove stains from your garment without fading its colour. It can also kill bacteria and germs and deodourise the fabric.
The dampness and discomfort during your period can cause rashes down there. However, using these ultra-thin pads can help your situation. Free of toxins like chlorine and parabens, these are extremely gentle on your genital skin. They can offer rash-free and stain-free protection for up to 5 hours as they’re super-absorbent.
Periods Made Easy Applicator Tampons
If you’re more comfortable with tampons, these ones can really help manage your heavy flow. They’re FDA-approved, ultra-soft, and toxin-free. They don’t disturb the natural acidic flora of your vagina and are skin-friendly too. In fact, you can swim, run, play, exercise with this tampon on without having to worry about leakages.
Sirona Menstrual Cup
Why go through the pain of changing your pads/tampons when you can simply wear the Sirona Menstrual Cup for 8 hours straight? Yes, you read that right. Made of medical-grade silicone, it’s absolutely safe and offers leak proof protection for hours. It can hold almost 30 ml of period blood in one go and can be washed and reused. So, you get to do your bit for the planet too. Sounds like a win, win situation, doesn’t it?
Folks, an abnormally heavy period can be a sign of an underlying health condition like endometriosis or polycystic ovaries. These remedies and products can help you manage your flow but you must consult with your doc to work on the root cause and keep the situation from getting worse or dangerous.
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