8 Things To Do If You Have A Heavy Period

There’s really no enjoyable way to have your period. Some people get cramps, others get headaches, and others have mood swings where they want to claw the paint from the walls. And some of us are lucky to suffer from all of the above. #Life Plus, there are people who have to deal with heavy periods.

You might be wondering what’s the difference between a “normal” period versus a heavy one. It can be subjective, but if you feel like you’re having to change your tampons or pads pretty frequently and you’re constantly on guard for leakage, you could have a heavy flow. Another sign is if your regular routine is impacted by your flow.

What you should also know is that you don’t have to just suffer through it. There are things that you can do to make your period more comfortable. Want to take action? Here are eight things to do if you have a heavy period.

Make Sure You Always Have Pads Or Tampons Handy

Whether your period is light or heavy, you really should always make sure that you have a *menstruation kit* handy. It doesn't matter if your periods are regular. They have a tendency to pop up at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. In those cases, you will be happy for your S.O.S. package. If you always carry a purse, keep some pads, tampons, and even underwear in there. You can also keep a stash in your school locker or backpack.

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Consider Trying A Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups are becoming more common. One big benefit of them is that they don't need to be changed quite as much as tampons or pads. If you're also concerned about leakage, you could even try layering a menstrual cup with a pad. Another positive thing about cups is that they're reusable so they don't fill up landfills like other options.

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Make Sure You're Choosing The Right Pad

You have probably heard the stat about how the majority of ladies are wearing the wrong bra size. Well, there are also stats that say that over half the female population is wearing the wrong size pads. You might feel self-conscious buying the biggest, thickest maxi pads, but it's a lot better to be protected than suffer leaks. Wearing a pad that might feel like a diaper is better than bloody jeans, right?

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Make Sure You Have The Right Underwear

Obviously trying to put a pad on a thong is no bueno. You'll also want to consider the style of full back you wear. Boy shorts can sometimes prevent the pad from fitting securely depending on how high they're cut and where the elastic is. For that reason, bikini styles can be better. I get that you don't want to ruin your good panties with blood stains, but holey, stretched-out underwear won't keep that pad secure, either.

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Bulk Up On Your Iron

Losing a lot of blood can decrease iron levels which can make you anemic in extreme cases. To save you from having to deal with another issue and going on supplements, make sure you're eating a lot of iron-rich foods. Make like Popeye and try spinach. Beans, lentils, fish, and meat are good options. Certain foods like pasta are sometimes fortified with iron so check food labels.

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Speak To Your Doctor

Are you concerned that your period might actually be too heavy? If you have to change maxi pads every one to two hours, that might be a sign that your period is too heavy. You will want to discuss what your periods are like with your doctor or gynecologist and mention how they're impacting your usual habits. With the information, they can hopefully help you come up with a solution.

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Consider Going On Birth Control Pills

This is something that your doctor or gyno might suggest. Birth control pills are helpful in managing periods because they can make periods more regular, they can reduce PMS symptoms, and they can cut down on the heavy flow. Each situation and person is different so talk to your doctor about why you specifically want to go on The Pill. There might be one version that's better at managing periods because of the varying hormones for each brand.

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Think About Getting An IUD

This is something else that your doc might bring up if you're concerned about having too heavy of a flow. Like birth control pills, IUDs can help lighten periods. You might be freaked out about having something inserted up your vagina or you might not want to have something up there for an extended length of time. Maybe, you will want to wait until you're older to get one. If those are the cases, birth control pills might be the better option.

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Are you concerned about your period being too heavy? Let us know in the comments!

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