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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.


  • 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
  • Ibuprofen
  • A low-fat
  • high-fiber diet

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