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Worried about heavy bleeding during periods? Here are 8 possible reasons why it happens

Published on:9 February 2021, 10:50am IST
Abnormal bleeding is a direct sign that something is majorly wrong with your reproductive health.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Are you dealing with a blood bath every month? Well, that’s just not normal ladies. If you think your body is cleansing itself because you are oozing out more blood, then you’re highly mistaken. That’s because it is a clear sign that something is majorly wrong with your reproductive health.

Not just that, but losing too much blood can also make you anemic if not tackled ASAP. And this problem can further lead to severe cramps in the future. But how will you even know that you are bleeding more than normal? If you change your tampon or sanitary napkin way too often, say almost every hour, then that can be categorised as heavy bleeding.

But why is this happening to you? We have Dr Pratima Thamke, consultant obstetrics and gynecologist at Motherhood Hospital to tell us all about it.

Well, here are some possible reasons why you’re bleeding profusely   

1. Diabetes

The problem with diabetes is that it can lead to excess production of estrogen. This leads to thickening of walls, which hampers the circulation of blood and heavy bleeding.

2. Improper functioning of thyroid

A malfunctioned thyroid is the biggest reason for bleeding heavily during your period. According to Dr Thamke, when you suffer from hypothyroidism, abnormal bleeding is often seen. Periods get delayed too!

3. PCOS

PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is the result of hormonal imbalance. And the onus falls on an unhealthy lifestyle and inactive routine. But this can be tackled with a healthy diet and regular exercising for at least 30 minutes every day.

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4. Medication

“If someone is taking hormonal pills, then that can also be a reason for abnormal bleeding. When you take hormonal pills, then it leads to thinning of blood, which increases the blood flow,” advises Dr Thamke.

5. Fibroids

Fibroids are characterised by benign growth inside the uterus, which impacts the blood flow.

6. Uterine polyps

This is another type of non-cancerous growth in the uterus that could be the reason.

7. Endometriosis

This is one of the disorders, where there is growth outside the uterine cavity. This causes heavy menstrual bleeding, painful periods, and severe cramps.

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Fatigue during heavy periods can occur due to low iron levels in your body. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
8. Adenomyosis

This problem also leads to thickening of the uterus, which increases the pain and clot-led bleeding.

The bottom line is that these problems can be tackled easily, and yoga is one of the best solutions. There are many yoga poses that can help you manage heavy bleeding during menstruation.

Also, there are chances of getting anemia, therefore your diet should be taken care of. You need to add more iron-rich foods in your regular diet. You should consume spinach, raisins, apricot, seafood, beans, red meat, pork, poultry, etc. to ensure that hemoglobin levels stay intact in your body.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

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