Tips for women with heavy periods: If you have a heavy period, once you learn to manage it, you will feel more confident and comfortable during that time of the month. There is nothing to worry about, but if your flow is out of the ordinary, you should see your doctor.
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Here are some ways to deal with heavy periods.
1. Treat your cramps with natural remedies
If you don’t want to take medicine for cramps, try natural solutions for pain relief. Take a hot shower or place a hot water bottle on your abdomen. Distract yourself with a good book or game to stop thinking about your discomfort. Raise your legs and get some rest. Other ideas to reduce cramps naturally include:
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Some ways to deal with this are: go for a walk or do some light exercise like yoga, meditate to reduce your stress, and avoid caffeine.
2. Wear dark clothing and underwear during your period
If you have experienced an overflow bleed, be prepared for next time. When you are on your period, wear black underwear and pants. If it has some spots, it won’t be noticeable. You can even put aside a set of dark underwear to wear only when you’re on your period.
3. Be vigilant
Get in the habit of checking things every hour or two. Take a quick bathroom stop between classes or as a short break from work. Check your underwear and sanitary pad, and do a clean test if you are using a tampon; If there is blood on the toilet paper after urinating, it may be about to bleed through the tampon and thus become stained.
4. Use the correct “pad” for your flow
Tampons and sanitary pads come in different shapes and absorbencies. Be sure to use the right ones for your heavy flow. Super strong tampons and pads offer more protection to your clothes and sheets. If you don’t have overnight pads, which are generally longer and thicker, try using two pads when you go to bed, one on the front and one on the back of your underwear.
5. Stay calm if it overflows
Sometimes an overflow occurs. In fact, it has happened to most at one point or another. If you bleed through the sheets at night, rinse them in cold water and then put them in the washing machine immediately. If your underwear bleeds, you can try washing it (separately or in dark colors), or just throw it away at the end of the day.
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The worst that can happen is that your pants or skirt get stained; do what you can to get through the day by tying a sweater around your waist or, if necessary, go home early. Shower, change, and continue your day stress-free.
6. Double up on your hygiene products
Using more than one type of menstrual hygiene product can be really effective in minimizing overflow bleeding. If you sometimes bleed through tampons, use a panty liner or sanitary pad as well. That way, you will have some backup in case you can’t change your tampon on time.