What Does Your Menstrual Flow Tell About Your Health?

Is your menstrual bleeding too heavy?

  • Bleeding that lasts more than 7 days.
  • Loss of ≥ 80mL blood during one menstrual period.
  • Regularly needing to change pads or tampons every 1-2 hours.
  • Needing to wear more than one pad at a time.
  • Many large clumps of blood in the menstrual blood.
  • Feeling tired, weak and sluggish.

Tips for dealing with your menstrual period:

  • Have a soak in warm bath or use a hot water bottle/heating pad on your abdomen to relief menstrual cramps and pain.
  • Take pain killer to relief menstrual pain.
  • Eat iron-rich food or oral iron supplement to replenish the iron lost during menstrual bleeding and hence re-build red blood cells.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and eat plenty of fiber to help alleviate constipation.

Reference:

  1. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada. (2019, Feb 25). Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) Overview. Retrieved from The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada: https://www.yourperiod.ca/abnormal-pain-and-menstrual-bleeding/heavy-menstrual-bleeding/
  2. The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada. (2019, Feb 25). Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) Overview. Retrieved from The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada: https://www.yourperiod.ca/abnormal-pain-and-menstrual-bleeding/menstrual-pain-and-other-symptoms/
  3. 3. Informed Health Online [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279294/
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