Managing heavy periods and their symptoms

A period is deemed heavy when it lasts for more than seven days or the bleeding is extensive. There are a number of home remedies that can help with managing the symptoms and lowering the bleeding. Of course, seeing a specialist is the best way to get the help you need when it comes to heavy periods. However, there are some ways that you can manage these symptoms at home too.

Lifestyle changes

Firstly, let’s take a look at some of the lifestyle changes you can make. Exercise can be very helpful and yoga, in particular, is great for reducing the stress that is associated with this condition. You should also get plenty of rest. Your body needs energy so that the blood you lose is restored during a heavy menstrual flow, and it can prevent fatigue as well.

Supplements and diet

Staying hydrated and making sure that you have enough nutrients in your diet can also help with symptom management. Iron supplements are advised because you lose a lot of blood during a heavy period, which means you also use a lot of iron. You can make certain there are enough red blood cells in your body with supplements. The trouble is that iron is not easily absorbed by the body, which is where vitamin C comes in. You can take vitamin C supplements, as well as eating foods that are rich in it, for example, citrus fruits.


If you have been struggling with heavy periods for a while, there are also a number of medications that can help. However, you should only take these if they have been recommended to you by a doctor. Examples include the likes of Ibuprofen and birth control bills. Desmopressin nasal spray may also be advised, as it releases a clotting protein to help stop blood clots from breaking down, which could lower the bleeding.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways to manage the symptoms of heavy periods effectively. Before you take any steps though, it is important you speak to a professional. Reach out to Tania Adib, Consultant Gynaecologist in London today.