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General Menstrual Guides

How to Slow Down a Menstrual Period

Some women experience an unusually heavy blood flow during their menstrual period. Menorrhagia is the term given to this phenomenon, and it may be caused by abnormalities or a blood condition that is affecting all systems of the body. It has to be noted that not all cases of heavy bleeding are necessarily Menorrhagia. In such cases, the bleeding can be slowed down by simple solutions like monitoring the diet. Discuss such methods with your healthcare provider to know which one is most suitable for you. A few have been summarized for you here.

Instructions

Birth Control

  • Internet has all the information on the different forms of birth control these days. Do a research into all the methods sitting at your home or the local library, and find out which ones can also bring about lighter periods. Oral contraceptives, injections or implanted devices can make your periods lighter. Oral contraceptives contain artificially prepared progesterone and estrogen factors. These, upon entering the bloodstream, discontinue ovulation which in turn makes the period lighter by thickening the cervical mucus. Implants and birth control injections may also achieve the desired effects, besides preventing pregnancy.

  • Discussing with your physician before making your decision is very important. Ask them whether your choice of oral contraceptive, implant, or injection is right for you. Answer when they ask you about any history of asthma, hypertension and other problems or habits of smoking, drinking, or the medications you are on. All this data will be helpful for your doctor in deciding whether you should be using contraceptives.
  • Many insurance companies will cover birth control methods; however most cover only generic equivalents of brand-name medications so you need to make sure first. Contact your healthcare provider for the necessary information.

Other Remedies

  • It is best to ask your physician about medications, vitamins and minerals that have been known to lighten their periods. Tranexamic Acid and Mefenamic Acid are usually prescribed to help counter menstrual cramps; they also have an alleviating effect on heavy bleeding. In addition to these, many vitamins and minerals such as zinc and calcium have been known to decrease blood flow by optimizing hormone levels and cell production and causing blood clotting.
  • Ask your physician if you should undergo tests to make sure you do not have serious problems such as uterine growths, fibrous areas or polyps. All these complications need to be countered immediately upon detection so making sure is very necessary.
  • Prefer economical remedies over drastic ones. Exercising regularly, eating a healthy and balanced diet, and abstaining from smoking and drinking all contribute to physical well-being by maintaining the body system which in turn causes reactions like heavy bleeding to reduce dramatically.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best drug to counter menstrual cramps is ibuprofen because it can sometimes even bring about a decrease in blood flow if you’re lucky enough.
  • Products like cypress oil massaged into the abdomen during your period have been known to lighten periods.
  • Check with your physician before beginning any course of vitamins, minerals or even exercise. We repeat ourselves, but don’t go becoming your own doctor.


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