When problems with your periods start to impact your well-being, you may feel frustrated. Whether you're experiencing intense cramps, challenging mood swings, or something else, you don't have to suffer in silence. Using women's healthcare services at your local clinic can result in positive changes.
Heavy Period Management
How much you bleed during your period may vary from month to month. When your bleeding becomes so heavy that it impacts your life, you might want to look into trying or changing contraceptives. Both the combined contraceptive pill and intrauterine device (IUD) have a high success rate in making periods less heavy. Before you try the combined contraceptive pill, your doctor may want to check your blood pressure. If the idea of using or changing contraceptives doesn't appeal to you, an alternative option is tranexamic acid tablets. Tranexamic acid can control bleeding and it should make your periods lighter.
Most women experience some cramping. It happens when your uterus contracts to expel blood. When the pain becomes difficult to manage, you may want to start by exploring self-help options. Heat pads, paracetamol, and ibuprofen can all reduce period pain. When they're not as effective as you would like, it's worth discussing alternative treatments with a doctor. Contraceptives such as the IUD, hormonal pills, and contraceptive patches can reduce period pain. You may need to try an option for a couple of months before seeing its full efficacy. If you feel as though it isn't working, speak to your doctor.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurs when your hormones start to fluctuate just before your period begins. You might experience symptoms such as a low mood, feeling irritable, and bloating. Many women find that their symptoms are manageable, especially when they track their periods and know when PMS is likely to occur. However, if you're finding that your mood and physical symptoms are difficult to manage, seek advice. Sometimes using long-acting contraceptives such as IUDs can reduce PMS symptoms. You may also want to try taking anti-anxiety medications, such as SSRIs. If the idea of using medications doesn't appeal to you, you can try self-help measures such as exercise and meditation. Otherwise, you may want to discuss talking therapies with your doctor. Speaking with a counsellor is a great way to explore practical techniques for improving your mood when PMS occurs.
If you're struggling with your periods, write down what's bothering you and discuss it with a clinician. With a little practice, you can find a resolution that makes menstruation more comfortable.