How to Deal with a Heavy Menstrual Flow

When it's that time of the month and a heavy period interferes with your lifestyle, it's time to take action.

You will need

  • Extra sleep
  • A record of your periodu2019s intensity and frequency
  • A doctor
  • Ibuprofen
  • A low-fat
  • high-fiber diet

Step 1 Get rest Get extra rest if your bleeding is severe and disruptive to your normal schedule or lifestyle.

Step 2 Record information Record the number of pads and tampons you use so your doctor can determine if the amount of bleeding is excessive.

Step 3 Replace aspirin with ibuprofen Avoid aspirin because it interferes with blood clotting. Ibuprofen is often more effective than aspirin in relieving menstrual discomforts.

Step 4 Adjust diet Adjust your diet to lessen the effects of a heavy menstrual cycle. Studies show a low-fat, high-fiber diet reduces menstrual cramping.

Step 5 Seek medical care Seek medical assistance if bleeding intensifies or is accompanied by excessive pain or unusual discharge.