The Impact of Menorrhagia on Mental Health: Strategies for Coping and Support

Do you feel stressed, exhausted, or unable to concentrate on your work due to menorrhagia? A heavy period, also known as menorrhagia, causes heavy bleeding where women lose too much blood during their period. This can impact not only their physical health but also their mental health as well. However, the good news is menorrhagia is manageable with home treatments and some strategies. Learn how menorrhagia affects your health and strategies to cope with menorrhagia in this article. Schedule an appointment at Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center.

 

Health effects of menorrhagia

Menorrhagia from your period can affect you in many ways. You may:

  • Feel tired, exhausted, or dizzy
  • Look pale
  • Have low iron levels
  • Have cramping and pain in your lower abdomen.
  • Bleeding that can soak through your clothes.

 

Natural remedies for heavy periods

While at-home treatments can’t replace medical treatment from the doctor, you can use some natural remedies to ease your pain and reduce heavy bleeding during menstruation. It includes:

  • Water: Drinking plenty of water will help you keep your blood volume up, which can help to drop bleeding during a very heavy period.
  • Iron: Consuming foods that are rich in iron can reduce the risk of anemia. You can include beans, leafy greens like spinach, oysters, lentils, and fortified cereal in your diet.
  • Herbal teas: They can help regulate hormones and reduce inflammation of the uterus including raspberry leaf, cinnamon, ginger, and licorice.
  • Hot and cold packs: Hot packs can ease your cramps while an ice pack may reduce heavy blood flow.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C-rich food may strengthen your blood vessels and help absorb iron. Some good options are strawberries, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and bell peppers.

 

Strategies of coping with menorrhagia

There are some strategies you can use to cope with menorrhagia:

  1. You can take over-the-counter painkillers including ibuprofen and paracetamol which may reduce heavy bleeding along with pain. A doctor can prescribe stronger painkillers and other medicines to help with heavy bleeding if you need them.
  2. You need to be prepared for your period at work, where heavy bleeding can soak your clothes as well. So, ensure you have plenty of sanitary protection — in your handbag or drawer where you can take it easily. Tampons and pads should also be available in staff toilets, so please speak to your employer if they’re missing.
  3. Diet changes and staying hydrated are especially important when you suffer from heavy periods, you need to take plenty of iron in your diet. Iron is essential to ensure you produce red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body; without iron, you’re not producing enough red blood cells to replace those, and the amount of oxygen in your body is reduced which causes lightheadedness, tiredness, shortness of breath, or anemia. You should add high iron content including red meat, green, leafy vegetables, pulses, and cereals with added iron. It’s also important to stay hydrated because it helps reduce your menstrual bleeding. Don’t take many caffeinated drinks as it can increase the bleeding.
  4. Use a hot water bottle or heat patch to reduce pain in your lower abdomen.
  5. Take a warm bath to relax.
  6. Try relaxation techniques or gentle exercises such as yoga to relieve your pain and stress of period problems.
  7. Try a back or stomach massage to reduce your pain.
  8. If you smoke, quit it because it increases the risk of period pain.
  9. You can try a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine. This machine is attached to your skin and the device produces small electrical pulses, which relieve pain.
  10. You can also explore different sanitary products options which help you deal with heavy periods, including period pants, menstrual cups, or reusable and disposable pads and tampons.

Menorrhagia can impact your mental health by making you feel exhausted, low, stressed, and anxious. However, it is manageable with the tips mentioned above. If you are not able to manage menorrhagia then, you should consult the doctor to get medical treatment.

If you need help with menorrhagia, visit our gynecology clinic in Brooklyn to get professional medical help. Call us to book your appointment now to ensure your periods don’t affect your life!!

At Doral Health and Wellness – Women’s Health Center, we have the best GYN doctor in Brooklyn, and we provide women with quality health care services. To schedule an appointment, you can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call us on 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at http://www.gynecologistbrooklyn.com/.