When it's that time of the month and a heavy period interferes with your lifestyle, it's time to take action.
You Will Need
* Extra sleep
* A record of your period's intensity and frequency
* A doctor
* A low-fat, high-fiber diet
Get extra rest if your bleeding is severe and disruptive to your normal schedule or lifestyle.
Record the number of pads and tampons you use so your doctor can determine if the amount of bleeding is excessive.
Avoid aspirin because it interferes with blood clotting. Ibuprofen is often more effective than aspirin in relieving menstrual discomforts.
Adjust your diet to lessen the effects of a heavy menstrual cycle. Studies show a low-fat, high-fiber diet reduces menstrual cramping.
Limit your salt intake. Also restrict your caffeine, sugar, and alcohol consumption.
Seek medical assistance if bleeding intensifies or is accompanied by excessive pain or unusual discharge.
Fact: Sanitary napkins were first sold commercially in 1895.