Tell me if you agree with me or not, but I think that on top of general shame that many people have about their periods, there’s an even bigger dollop of shame attached to those who have heavy periods. Like, it’s cute that some people can just rock a pantyliner and barely fill up a regular absorbency, but a lot of us…can’t relate. I’m reminded of an episode of Broad City in which Abbi asks a woman for a tampon and the woman hands her one of those tiny junior, super slim tampons that are basically just beginner tampons for people who just started their periods. Abbi sneers and says, “I thought these were, like, a joke that all women shared.” Yeah, I feel you Abbi, miss me with the slims, I need a super up in my cooch.
Heavy periods can be a hassle, but they can be slightly less of a hassle if you include these seven items into your menstrual arsenal. Not all of them will exactly be right for you, but they’re worth a try, right? It’s time to stop giving in to the blood stains and start taking control.
Thinx Period UnderwearTired of relying on pantyliners? Grab some Thinx undies. They're period underwear that are specially made to absorb menstrual blood. Yes, you read that right. The undies are made of materials that whisk away wetness so you won't feel like you're wearing a soggy diaper all day, either! Listen, people swear by them, so somebody must be right. You can grab 'em here.
Menstrual CupMenstrual cups are great if you have a heavy flow but either want to help prevent more tampons from ending up in landfills, or you're just lazy and hate changing your tampon every few hours. Menstrual cups should be changed no more than every 12 hours, and if you have a heavy period, you might have to do it more than that. But hey, even changing it every six hours beats every three, right?
Extra Absorbency TamponsI know that people get really awkard about the fact that they have a heavy flow, but at some point, you need to just own up to it. That includes purchasing tampons that are fit for more absorbtion if that's what's right for you. Seriously,
Panty LinersSo, panty liners can actually encourage yeast infections when you're experiencing run of the mill discharge. But during that time of the month? We recommend them in case you experience a leak (tampon or menstrual cup). Plus, they're good to have on your person in case your period starts out of nowhere.
Birth ControlWhen it comes to your period, birth control can really help whip everything into shape. Studies indicate that they can help reduce the amount of blood flow during your period, which is great news for those of youwho have chronically heavy periods. If you have killer cramps, too, birth control can ease them. I mean, it's bad enough to have a heavy period, but awful cramps too? Yeah, nip them in the bud.
An IUDCompared to birth control, IUDs are your best bet for combatting heavy blood flow. STudies show that you can have a massive decrease in the amount of blood you release during your period if you have an IUD inserted. Of course, you might have to wait until you're older to get one, but it might be something to think about right now anyway.
ChocolateWhy? Because eff it, that's why. Yes, diets heavy in amino acids can help anemia, which can be worsened if you have a heavy flow. And you should get plenty of omega-3s in your diet, too, along with leafy greens and all that good stuff. But sometimes? You just want what will make you feel better, so don't deny yourself some chocolate.
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