Heavy Periods? You Are Not Alone!
When it comes to heavy periods, I always thought of them as part and parcel of being a woman. I thought that when that time of the month came around, the debilitating pain that radiated from my back down my legs and wrapped around my abdomen was normal. Not to mention, I believed that the very heavy bleeding and overall feeling of unwellness just came along with womanhood.
Let’s be real, heavy periods suck, and ladies–you don’t have to suffer alone!
I never had to worry about heavy periods until after my second daughter was born. I started to realize that my periods got heavier and heavier. I began suffering from pain and these heavy periods really impact my daily life. I noticed more clots and the overall pain and feeling of malaise increased dramatically. I found that I needed to change more frequently, and the first two days of my cycle became almost always unbearable.
This became my new normal.
I get really bad cramps and heavy bleeding on top of that. On these days, I just don’t want to leave the house. One thing is for sure, if I feel that my period too heavy, I always make it a point to go to the doctor to get checked out. Though, it wasn’t always this way.
Bottom line, there is no reason anyone should have to suffer alone with heavy periods. Let’s keep this conversation open enough that we can talk to each other about it.
It Isn’t Easy.
In fact, one in five women experience heavy blood loss, pain, and exhaustion each month. Many of us feel like we’re trapped at home the week we are on our period. At times, it can have us frequently rushing to the bathroom to deal with a gush or to prevent a leak. It is definitely not ideal.
However, HeavyPeriodTalk.ca is the perfect place for people like you and me. It’s a place we can talk and get to the bottom of our heavy periods. Heck, it’s a place to relate to other women going through the same thing.
How to Understand Heavy Periods
In 2018, it’s important to know that you don’t have to continue to live with having heavy periods. The first step to getting help is understanding the role of heavy periods in your life and what you can do about them. I lived with heavy periods for way too long before I got help! I contributed it to womanhood and age too. Not anymore though, I go to my doctor whenever I feel I need to. It helped me discover that I had hypothyroidism and learn how it can affect my menstrual cycle.
You’re Not Alone
I think the biggest misconception is that you’re dealing with a heavy period by yourself. You’re not alone and that’s important to remember. As I mentioned earlier, one in five women deal with heavy periods. Although heavy periods impact women differently, there is a solution for everyone. You may not even know that having heavy periods is a treatable medical condition. Why continue to suffer when you can get the help you need?
Heavy Periods Have Lasting Effects
Some people may think that a heavy period just means they have heavy bleeding. Not true, heavy periods can cause much more than heavy bleeding. You can experience pain and discomfort on so many levels. It’s also important to understand that heavy periods can be caused by several factors, such as hormonal imbalance, infections, fibroids, polyps, and bleeding deviations. If you find yourself changing your tampon frequently (every 1-2 hours), you might want to schedule a visit with your doctor.
The Struggle is Real!
Get this: 80% of women who have heavy periods say that they experience anxiety during their period and 65% say they deal with depression. Those are big numbers! Heavy periods can fall into two categories, hormonal or non-hormonal.
Which one are you?
Talking to your doctor about your heavy periods can really help you find a solution and can help you stop suffering in silence.
For me, I know that I feel a bit melancholy when on my cycle. I can never explain it but, I just feel down for no particular reason. That’s why I try to make my period suck a little less. I do this by tracking my cycle on an app and it allows me to list my symptoms, from discharge to mood. This helps to have a record to share with my doctor and the symptoms are as accurate as the time they happened.
A few tips that help:
- Get up and get moving. Even if you’re tired, a small walk can release endorphins and make you feel better.
- Try to avoid the sugar cravings. You may experience a dip in serotonin and crave not-so-healthy food but, it’s temporary. Indulge a little though, because YOLO.
- Enjoy a couple squares of dark chocolate or a cup of joe. Make sure you drink plenty of H20 though!
- Have a hot water bottle or heat bag nearby, they can do wonders.
- Treat yourself: Use that time of month as an excuse to do something for yourself. Get a mani/pedi, get your hair done, get a workout in, read a new book or buy a little something you’ve been wanting.
Don’t ever think that your heavy period story doesn’t matter because it does. Sometimes your period can be so bad you almost have to laugh so you don’t cry about it. I know I do!
Guess what? There are treatment options out there to help you, so don’t despair. You no longer must bear the pain alone or hide out in your house because you’re embarrassed.
Make sure you head to HeavyPeriodTalk.ca to share your story and know you’re not alone. For every story that is shared, $5 will be donated to the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health to support vital research.
Remember that getting help for your heavy bleeding is important. It’s time to have this conversation with your GP. So, start the conversation and keep it going.
Let 2018 be the year you really start living.
Do you suffer from heavy periods?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.