Welcome to Long Periods!
Long Periods, heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods are periods that last longer than 8 days. Excessive menstrual bleeding is a is a significant cause of morbidity during the reproductive years. Approximately 30% of all women complain of menorrhagia, or Long Period Symptoms and it is the main presenting problem of women consulting a gynecologist. In addition, excessive menstrual bleeding accounts for about two-thirds of all hysterectomies and a large proportion of endoscopic endometrial destructive surgery, therefore using substantial health-care resources. Menorrhagia can be defined subjectively as “a complaint of excessive menstrual bleeding occurring over several consecutive cycles”. Objectively it is “a total menstrual blood loss greater or equal to 80ml per period’. This degree of blood loss can cause disturbances of the woman’s social, occupational or sexual life, and give rise to concern about possible underlying serious disease (in particular cancer), as well as medical risks such as chronic iron-deficiency anemia.
While “unexplained long periods” is a very appropriate term for the condition in the absence of any pathology, it is commonly referred to less clearly as ‘dysfunctional uterine bleeding’, which implies endocrine abnormalities and inconsistent ovulation cycles. Not all women will suffer from extra long periods, but millions have their lives regularly disrupted to some extent.
The symptoms of these long periods tend to taper off with menstruation and women remain symptom-free until the two weeks or so prior to the next menstrual period. Here are some ways to help avoid long periods:
* Eating a healthy, well balanced, Low Starch Diet rich in vegetables, fruit and whole grains
* Exercising regularly
* Maintaining regular sleep patterns
* Practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises
* Adding calcium and vitamins to your diet
* A hot water bottle or castor oil pack relieves pain and cramping
* Hot bubble bath and aromatherapy massage
* Recording and tracking PMS symptoms in a journal
* Using Natural PMS Remedies
* A good support system offering understanding and empathy also helps – a spouse, partner, family members or friends