Not much can affect daily life-like heavy irregular periods. As if irregular periods aren’t already bad enough, throwing in the uncomfortable cramping and heavier flows. It can leave a woman feeling as if she has just got side swiped, now forced to sit on the sidelines of her own life.
What signs are associated with heavy, irregular periods?There are quite a few symptoms that may be associated with irregular periods. However, all women are different and this means the symptoms can vary:
• Prolonged bleeding for longer than eight to 10 days; could occur for multiple months
• Excessive bleeding to where it interferes with life and job
• Heavy spotting between periods
• Bleeding after sexual intercourse
• Clotting during periods, for one or two days
• Bleeding is heavier than the woman’s normal period
• Bleeding after menopause – no period for one year or more
• Bleeding is excessive to the point of causing anemia
What causes heavy, irregular periods?Several factors could be responsible for heavy, irregular periods. Some may seem more common than others, just as some are more serious than others. Regardless, heavy bleeding during any period, should be treated by a doctor, in order to rule out the more serious causes.
• Injury to vaginal area
• Oral contraceptives; starting, stopping and missing doses
• Hormonal fluctuations
• Low thyroid
• Prescribed medications
• Vaginal infections
• Malignant cancer
• Ectopic pregnancy
Treating heavy, irregular periodsFinding the root cause of the menopausal heavy irregular periods is ideal. This is why it’s very important to consult with a doctor before trying treatments. However, you can start by keeping a journal of when your period becomes heavy and irregular. Make sure to take note of changes in the heaviness too, as well as any other symptoms that might be present.
Making small changes in lifestyle can also be a benefit, without causing other harm. Avoiding excessive exercise, alcohol, tobacco and drug use is a must. These all can interfere with the hormonal balance that is required to regulate periods. However, never shun exercise altogether, no, exercise at the most, 30 minutes five days a week. Maintaining a healthy diet is also ideal, so make sure to eat plenty of vegetables, whole grains, fruits and some healthy fats too.
Supplementing with iron is also a good idea, though getting a blood test to check for anemia is ideal. Too much iron is never a good thing, but women typically have lower iron levels to begin with due to menstruation. While this will help anemia, it won’t help to stop heavy irregular bleeding, but it’s important to treat anemia.
Alternative medicines and treatments can also be used to help treat heavy irregular periods. Yoga is very beneficial as it helps to exercise the body, but it also helps to reduce stress and restore hormonal balance. The deep breathing and meditation are also very helpful, for many women during their cycles.
If the heavy bleeding is associated with any severe pain, a doctor should be consulted to rule out a serious underlying condition. A doctor should also be consulted prior to the start of any treatment, and this ensures a proper diagnosis as well as guidance in choosing the best possible treatment for menopausal heavy irregular periods.