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  /  Her Stories   /  Do You Suffer From Heavy Bleeding?

Heavy periods? You are not alone. Excessive menstrual bleeding is medically known as Menorrhagia, but to us it’s just a burden.

If you’re soaking through high absorbency tampons or towels every two hours (or less), have periods that last more than 7 days, and even thinking about white trousers makes you break out in a cold sweat, then it sounds like you’re a fully paid up member of the Menorrhagia gang.  So here’s a few things you might like to know…
  • If your period’s heavy the poor old anti-coagulants can’t keep up with the rate of the blood flow, which is why you end up getting dark red jam-like bits- in another words, clots. Not a thing of joy by any standards, but all perfectly normal. That said, if you’re consistently getting clots more than inch big, or they’re pink or grey then get checked out as there might be something else going on.

 

  • Hormones are playing around. At different times in our cycle our oestrogen and progesterone levels go up and down; which is what they’re meant to do. But if the levels stay high – especially oestrogen – then the lining of the uterus can thicken and that results in heavy or painful periods. The good news is that there are ways to balance your hormones…

 

  • With magnesium! It’s a clever thing that magnesium. It helps activate the enzymes which control our absorption of fats, glucose and carbs. Being low on magnesium is one of the reasons we crave sugary foods before our period. Stay up on your mag levels to avoid binging on sugar.
    • Magnesium rich foods:
      • Spinach 
      • Dark Chocolate 
      • Almonds 
      • Avocado
      • Banana 

 

  • Feeling a bit tired during the day? This is because more blood loss leads to anemia, which is a loss of oxygen in your blood. Keep your iron up! Foods rich in iron- red meat, chicken, and seafood can help with iron. For those who are vegetarian or vegan, leafy veg, apricots, peas and soya will do the trick. Having a side helping of Vitamin C with your iron-rich food helps its absorption; a glass of orange or grapefruit juice, a portion of broccoli, tomatoes or peppers will do wonders.

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