The Heavy Period Survival Guide
Have you been cursed with an extremely heavy period? Sorry to hear about that.
Here are a few tips for helping you survive it in style!
#1: Have a Visit with your Doctor
Not everybody knows this, but there are real medical reasons why you might have a very heavy period. If you bleed through a pad or tampon every hour or two, multiple times in a row, your doctor may diagnose you with Menorrhagia.
It basically means extremely heavy periods that interfere with your daily life such as going to work or school.
The good news is that there are treatment options. Which one your doctor chooses depends on the underlying reason, but they’re often caused by an imbalance in hormones. There are some relatively simple solutions such as going on birth control.
Some of the other causes of a very heavy period include:
- Fibroids or Polyps
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Etc. There are many other conditions
Talk with your doctor about what might work best for your situation.
#2: Consider taking an Iron Supplement
If you have an extremely heavy period, or one that lasts for longer than seven days, you may be low on iron. This can cause things like:
- Pale skin
- Cold feet and hands
It’s a simple condition to diagnose with a blood test. If your iron stores are too low, your doctor may recommend an iron supplement. They may also explore the underlying cause of your heavy periods and recommend some treatment for that.
Please don’t self-diagnose this condition. Check with your doctor to see if you really need an iron supplement—they’re serious stuff and shouldn’t just be taken without the recommendation of a doctor!
#3: Eat Healthy, Stay Hydrated, and Get Enough Rest
It’s a generally good idea to eat healthy food (fruits and veggies) and to stay hydrated all the time. It’s especially important during your period when you may not be feeling that great.
Keep a water bottle with you when you’re on the go. Eat a green smoothie for breakfast for an extra dose of energy. Consider a salad with some healthy protein for lunch.
Be sure to allow yourself some down-time as well. Go to bed a little bit early, or indulge in a sleep-in on the weekend. Take an hour after work to relax and hang out with your family instead of cleaning the house!
#4: Track your Cycle
If you have a very heavy period, it can be really useful to track your cycle. This will give you a rough idea of when you’ll be getting your period, so you can plan around it.
If your heavy period leaves you down and out for the second and third day, don’t plan any important things on those days. Plan to hang out mostly at home and be gentle on yourself.
A basic way to track it is to use your phone calendar. Write down when you start your period, and how long it lasts. Then, when you start your period again. Note which days are the heaviest flow ones, and also the days when you feel terrible and don’t feel like doing anything.
You can learn more about tracking your period here.
You should have a pretty good idea of your menstrual cycle after doing this for 3-4 months.
It can also be quite useful information for your doctor, if you choose to see them about your heavy periods.
#5: Get a Period Subscription Box
Does your heavy period make you feel pretty terrible every single month? Why not consider a period subscription box? Sweet and salty treats, delicious teas, luxury bath items. It’s just what you need to pamper yourself.
Get the box each month, and wait until the first day of your period to open it up. It might be just what you need to feel a bit less terrible about your heavy period.
About the Author
Jackie Bolen is a tree-hugging, friend of the Earth who can usually be found on top of a mountain, catching a wave, or drinking coffee around Vancouver, Canada. You can find her on social media: