Heavy flow: Remedies and Supplements

In the final addition to the HEAVY PERIODS SERIES, we found an amazing article about different options and supplements available to those with a heavy flow.

The article covers the small tweaks we can make to ease our flow, recommends home remedies and highlights some great supplements.

Click the link to access the article https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-heavy-periods

Let us know your thoughts !!

Also… how would you categorise your flow?? The image below is an effective aid to describe the strength of your flow and how often you should be changing your sanitary products.

Image: Heavyperiodtalk.ca

We would like to take this chance to thank all our contributors for excellent submissions and our supporters for great engagement in the comments!

Providing honest and open views, sharing of your experiences and signposting where possible. We appreciate you!!

Haven’t seen them all ??? Click the links below to check out the other instalments of THE HEAVY FLOW SERIES

Heavy Flow: Sophie, 41

Heavy Flow: Adanna, 40

Heavy Flow: Sophie, 41

Team PD x

Heavy Flow: Sophie, 41

IN This series WE WILL BE SHARING OUR READERS SUBMISSIONS ON HEAVY PERIODS. OUR AIM IS HIGHLIGHT THE EXPERIENCES AND SITUATIONS OF THOSE WHO HAVE HEAVY FLOWS (MENORRHAGIA)
THIS WEEK Sophie Shares her experience of how heavy periods can get in the way of everyday events, as well as much more joyous occasions, which led to her eventual diagnosis of Fibroids. Sophie also details her early struggles with period poverty.
Entry into Womanhood 

My first period, I was 11-12. I sat on the toilet, looked down and saw Red – I screamed. My dad, mum, sister and cousins all came at the door. My mum took me aside and very gently, explained the process of womanhood and suggested for me not to freak out. From then, I have always had heavy and painful periods. It has not ceased and over the past three years it has worsened.

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Illustration by: CELINA PARENTE

Night and Day 

The second and third night of my period, I wake up every 3 hours to change. This is despite the super plus tampon and night pad. If i fail to do so, the blood streams through to my mattress. To avoid this, my mind wakes me – usually from a dream where I’m drowning or being surrounded by a large body of water, and to the bathroom I go.

In the daytime, as a social worker, I visit service users in their home. I try to stay in the office during the first 3 days, but it’s not always possible. I have had what I call ‘incidents’. I have also sat in heated meetings, hoping there will not be a blood stain on the chair once I stand up.

Three years ago, I went on a camping trip. As I got on to the Eurostar, my period came early. I have memories of going for breakfast with my bloodstained PJs on, I wore my jumper around my waist to disguise the stains. That was a wake up call and decided to see my GP about it.

I was diagnosed with Fibroids, I am informed that  1 in 3 women develop this condition throughout their lifespan. I was prescribed Mefenamic Acid mainly to lower blood loss – it worked partially.

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There was another occasion, last year when one of my best friends got married. When I received the wedding invite, the first thought,as always was, ‘I hope I won’t be on’. Thankfully I was not. It was not so much the logistics of being near toilet facilities that was anxiety provoking. It was the prospect of being bloated and having to reconsider outfit choices.

Creativity in Poverty 

The biggest impact my heavy periods have had on my lifestyle was when I could not afford sanitary products. Those were the days I was stealing toilet paper from work – I was so broke. I was ashamed, I wished I could have disappeared from planet earth.

On reflection, I recognise that us woman are a creative bunch when it comes to our period and how not to draw attention to it.

I look back on my experiences and have thoughts of having a YouTube channel tutorial on DIY period items to support women, who like I once did,  experience period poverty.

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Illustration by: Emma Evelyn Speight

 

Have you ever experienced Period Poverty? Or Fibroids? If so, let us know in the comment sections, how you have managed such conditions.

Why not check out Adanna and Charmaine’s experience of Heavy Periods.

Let’s talk about Sex…

Great Article in Huffpost talking all things sex and periods….

Great Read in HuffPost
Click the link for the full article https://apple.news/Ad4t0888vT8qbDOwKfVWPLg
One poll of 500 people found 55% of participants thought period sex was “awesome” and “natural” (not least because a release of post-orgasm oxytocin and dopamine hormones can be helpful in lessening cramp pain). In fact there are some people who enjoy period sex.

Ask Flo..

Dear Periodical Diary

I have a period question. Do you have any ideas on how I can regulate my periods? Since baby no 3, they are all over the place.

I stopped breastfeeding over 6 months ago but unlike my last two pregnancies, my period will just not realign!!

I’m usually like clockwork but have been randomly noting the dates and noticed that now they can come on anything from 21 to 28 days.

I can never predict 😫😫

Yours Sincerely

Frustrated Mumma

Periodical Diary :

Dear Frustrated Mumma,

To be honest between 21 -28 is pretty regular, it can take a year to normalise after breastfeeding but generally if you want on the clock, scheduled periods, it can be done through the pill (as it gives a fake period every month)

Not everyone is in favour of the pill but some people like the regularity it brings.

Also download a Tracking App, Clue is good because you get informative content as well as tracking periods, stress and daily activities but there are other apps available.

Finally….. remember any changes to your routine, eating habits or if you have a stressful situation, it can take up to two months to manifest through your period.

We hope this helps

Auntie Flo x

Highlighting Period Poverty

Such an interesting article about Period Poverty by Alesha Dixon in Stylist Magazine

In it she speaks about the that 137,000 girls are regularly missing school because they can’t afford sanitary protection.

Interestingly, she also believes that a simple but effective solution is to start talking about periods, as it would help normalise them, and takes away the stigma so that they’re no longer a taboo.

It would be such a positive step forward if we can have this open conversation where the public become more aware of the issue, and young girls feel more confident to ask for help.

Check out the full article here:

https://www.stylist.co.uk/long-reads/period-poverty-uk-period-pain-tampon-sanitary-pad-money-alesha-dixon-opinion/218300