I hated the feeling of being caught off guard. Still hate it. Twice when I had heavy bleeding I was at school…high school. You don’t want to stand out in high school…ever! But, there I was…stuck at school and totally caught off guard. I have never felt so helpless.
As an adult I can and do talk about such subjects as heavy bleeding and menstrual cramps here on this blog or on Twitter or to my offline friends. I’m a grownup and I’m comfortable talking to women who may be experiencing the same problems. But, back kin high school, I was stuck.
I couldn’t talk to my high school friends about the heavy bleeding I experienced each month. No, I could not. I wonder which of my friends were going through the same pain and discomfort as I was? I also couldn’t talk to my teachers, either. I was at a religious affiliated school and quite honestly the teachers were not approachable at all. Neither were the nuns. I rarely remember having a conversation about anything with any of them on any subject, especially not heavy bleeding during my period. And my school did not have a school nurse or even a place to go and lie down when you were not feeling well.
Schools and times have changed. I have quite frank conversations with friends about how to deal with issues that can make your life uncomfortable. There is certainly no shame in seeking advice on heavy bleeding from a medical professional. In fact, I want to help my readers better understand the condition and its impact, and strategies for talking with a healthcare professional about finding the right treatment options.
I have a few resources for you if you suffer from heavy bleeding or know someone who suffers. I normally don’t ask this, but if you have a friend or relative with heavy periods…pass this blogpost on.
HealthyWomen.org has a host of resources for dealing with the effects of heavy bleeding. In fact, did you know that 92% of women with heavy periods say that the condition frustrates them, while 68% say that their periods control them. I’ve been there and I can say that I don’t want to go back to my teen years.
But, there are treatment options for those women with heavy periods. From ice packs on the abdomen to taking vitamins to taking medications, Health Women has a comprehensive listing of options for you to peruse. Use them now or bookmark the link for later. Look in to medical options. Ask your gynecologist. Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence.
Other resources from Healthy Women include:
- A Q&A on what to ask during your medical visit.
- A Q&A on what is heavy bleeding and what is a normal menstrual cycle.
- And finally, what is the cause of heavy periods?
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and received a promotional item to facilitate my review.