How Symptoms of Periods Affect a Woman’s Life
Posted byAimee McNew, MNT
Menstruation is always a bit of a nuisance. When symptoms of period become excessive, a woman’s period may evolve into a life-altering disruption that may have an impact on many aspects of her life.
While it’s typical to have a day or two of heavy flow, symptoms of periods that are exceptionally heavy may be diagnosed as menorrhagia, or abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is defined as any bleeding that differs from your normal cycle — whether in amount, how often, timing (such as between your regular periods) or after menopause. With periods like this, the blood loss and associated symptoms may be significant enough to interrupt everyday activities, says the Mayo Clinic.1 While no woman enjoys her time of the month, if you dread your period more than the plague, that’s a sign that you should seek medical advice, suggests the Mayo Clinic.1
As if heavy flow isn’t bad enough, headaches or migraines may become an interfering factor. Add head pain to cramps and a woman can be sidelined for one or more days. The intense discomfort may make attending work, school and other events impossible. For women who don’t have a flexible sick day policy, heavy periods may be problematic for maintaining jobs or educational commitments. Fatigue, too, can be another factor, in response to blood and iron loss, notes the Mayo Clinic.2
When a woman is hampered by super heavy symptoms of period, it’s easy to wonder why it happens to her. Some women know the cause, such as endometriosis, fibroids, or thyroid disorders. Your doctor may perform tests to determine the cause of the symptoms, since there may be many causes. AUB may lead to a lack of self-confidence, a restrained social life that revolves around a menstrual cycle instead of spontaneity, and it may strain a women’s sexual relationship, particularly if a partner is in the dark about what the condition entails.
The comforting news is that your doctor is an expert and will discuss your treatment options to help you feel your best.
1“Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) – Definition.” Mayo Clinic, July 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menorrhagia/basics/definition/con-20021959
2“Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding) – Complications.” Mayo Clinic, July 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menorrhagia/basics/complications/con-20021959
- Posted by Aimee McNew, MNT
- On June 20, 2017