Bleeding too much during My Period, what Do I Do?
Do you bleed for more than 7days during your period? Do you bleed excessively by changing too many pads in a day? It is possible you have menorrhagia.
What is menorrhagia?
It simply means bleeding excessively during your period. Either you bleed more than the number of days or you bleed too much in a day (ie you change pad so many times in a day) whether or not the number of days is increased or not. That is menorrhagia.
The normal period, you should not be more than 7 days. And the amount of blood you loose in a day should not be more than 80ml.
I know it will be difficult to calculate when you loose in 80mls of blood. So we check it based on the number of pads you change in a day, and how soaked they are.
So if you changed too many pads in a day, and they are all well soaked with blood, you may be having menorrhagia.
What is the cause of too much bleeding during your period
There are so many causes:
- Blood clotting problem: normally when there is bleeding anywhere in the body, your body reacts in a way as to make it clot, so when there is a defect in that clotting mechanism, it can make you bleed too much during your period.
- Liver Disease, kidney disease has been found to also cause too much bleeding during your period.
- Hormonal: There are so many hormones to play a role to make sure you see your period when it is due – they include follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, gonadotropin releasing hormone, prolactin, thyroid hormone, progesterone, estrogen etc.
A single defect (in either being Excess or deficiency) can make you bleed too much during period.
- Fibroid – if you have not been pregnant before, and you are up to 35 years, this could be a very big suspect.
- Drugs – like anticoagulant, steroid, anticancer drugs – The truth is that you may not know the drug you are taking. The rule is that, if you are taking any drug at all, anyone at all, it needs a review. I didn’t say you should stop it oo, but you need to see your gynecologist so that we can be sure of what is going on.
- Intrauterine Contraceptive Device(IUCD): If you inserted any IUCD in your womb to circumvent pregnancy, watch it. That could be the problem
Polyp – abnormal Growth usually in the uterus and ovary
Issues associated with Pregnancy ,like ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage
Adenomyosis – This happens when the inner lining of the womb called endometrium is found in the muscular part of the womb called myometrium.
How is too much Bleeding During Period treated
The treatment depends on the cause. You have seen so many causes we listed above.
If the bleeding is not stopping after 7 days, then you have to see your doctor as soon as possible.
What do I expect from the doctor?
The doctor will ask you a lot of question regarding the bleeding – when it started, how it started, any other associated symptoms etc.
After which the doctor will examine you. If there is need for you to do some test, he will write them for you.
In most cases, there is usually no need for test. Then he will write out some drugs for you and give you appointment date.
Are there any Home Treatment, before I go to Hospital
-Rest very well.
-Catch enough sleep, yes, enough!
-Keep neat, so that you don’t complicate it with superinfection.
-Eat very well(vegetables especially).
– Then go to hospital as soon as you can.I am emphasizing because this has to do with blood. Your survival is tied to time. The more time you waste, the more you limit your window of survival, because you are continuously loosing blood.
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