- 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.
- TIP: Limit your salt intake. Also restrict your caffeine, sugar, and alcohol consumption.
- Step 5: Seek medical care Seek medical assistance if bleeding intensifies or is accompanied by excessive pain or unusual discharge.
- FACT: Sanitary napkins were first sold commercially in 1895.
You Will Need
- Extra sleep
- A record of your periodu2019s intensity and frequency
- A doctor
- A low-fat
- high-fiber diet