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Try these if you experience heavy bleeding. By: Francisca Adjei Sarpong.

Some women have found that making a few positive changes in their health habits has helped them control heavy menstrual bleeding, here are some of these self-care tips:

Exercise. Regular strenuous exercise lowers the body’s production of the pituitary hormones FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (leutinizing hormone), which in turn lowers the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries. In addition, women who exercise regularly tend to be thinner and leaner. With fewer fat cells, they have smaller secondary source of estrogen.

Avoid alcohol heavy alcohol drinking can cause fewer blood platelets to form. With fewer platelets, blood does not clot as well and may flow more profusely a menstruation.

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Avoid hot showers baths on days of heavy blood flow. Heat increase bleeding by dilating blood vessels.

Avoid aspirin. It also increases blood flow by inhibiting the clotting ability if blood platelets.

Have your blood checked regularly for signs of anemia. If your hemoglobin- that part of your blood that carries oxygen – is low, eat more iron-rich foods and take iron supplements.

Have your blood checked for signs of a dysfunctional thyroid gland. Abnormally low or high levels of the thyroid hormone can cause heavy or irregular bleeding.

“Bleeding is no fun for anyone, keep the blood flowing for good life not for one we won’t have to see you again”. –Francisca Adjei Sarpong.

Source: Susan Perry and Kate O’Hanlan, M.D

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