I really hate my periods. They are always really heavy and it makes me feel really anxious. I especially hate going to school when I have my period because I’m always worried about it leaking and it just feels horrible. I don’t get pain, but the fact that it’s so heavy makes it just as bad. Is there anything I can do to make my period lighter?
Aw, girl! Since your period is something that is (ideally) always going to happen on a regular, monthly basis, it definitely shouldn’t be affecting your life this way. Getting your period shouldn’t make you feel so anxious and stressed! The good news is that there are a few possible ways to make your period lighter. The bad news? Nothing is 100 percent guaranteed. But we’ll get to that later.
The first thing you need to do is try to figure out why your period is so heavy. Honestly, some girls just have a heavy flow and it doesn’t mean that anything weird is going on. But before you decide that that’s just how your period is, talk to your doctor about it. Take note of how often you have to change your tampon or pad, how long it’s really heavy for and if there is any fluctuation and then talk to your doctor about it to make sure everything is okay. Another thing that can make your period heavy is puberty. If you just got your first period recently, your body could still be going through some hormonal changes and it may be something that will fix itself.
Once you figure out what’s going on down there, you can try a few different things to try to make your period lighter. One of the biggest things you can do is consider going on the birth control pill. The right pill can make your period both lighter and shorter. But the pill also has other side effects, so talk to your doctor about it first.
You can also try eating a healthier diet and getting more exercise. Some women find that unhealthy diets full of sugar, processed foods and saturated fats make their periods heavier. Some women also find that exercising regularly can help make their periods lighter. Another thing to watch out for? Your stress levels. Too much stress can cause wacky periods.
However, I can’t promise you that any of these solutions will absolutely, definitely make your period lighter. If nothing works, you sort of just need to learn to deal with it. If you’re really worried about leaking, there are a few things you can do. Buy super pads, which are heavier and thicker. If you hate the bulkiness of that, use a Super tampon AND wear a thin pad to have double the protection. Make sure you are changing your pad and/or tampon frequently in case things are getting too heavy. Also, when you have your period, make sure you wear dark pants so that if you do leak, it won’t be so obvious.
I know heavy periods are uncomfortable, but think of it this way: it’s only one week out of each month! As long as you’re doing what you can to prevent leaks, you shouldn’t spend so much time worrying about it.
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