Navigating Dorm Life With AUB
Posted byAlicia Trent
Moving away from home and going off to college can be a stressful experience for any young woman, especially if you have abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). The condition may pose challenges for dorm life as you start new sleeping, eating and social habits in college. AUB means your body’s menstrual cycle is atypical, lasting longer than 38 days or shorter than 24 days, causing bleeding or spotting between periods, or triggering heavy bleeding during periods, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.1 To deal, check out the following tips that may help you manage your AUB as you navigate dorm life.
How May AUB Affect College Life?
Because AUB may affect your cycle in different ways, chances are the condition may impact your dorm life in various ways as well. For starters, you’ll be sleeping in a new room with a new roommate and likely sharing a bathroom with her or perhaps your entire floor. This may lead to embarrassment if your AUB causes spotting during the night, staining your sheets, or leads to a bathroom mess. To manage the challenges of AUB and dorm life:
- Place a bed liner on your bed. These absorbent liners may soak up excess blood and protect your mattress. Since they go under the blankets, the liners are easy to conceal.
- Keep a period supplies basket under the sink in the bathroom. The stock of tampons, pads and liners may come in handy if you experience sudden bleeding during a bathroom break. Make a mini kit to take with you to classes.
- Take a shower basket when you head to the shower. The basket can include soaps and cleaning supplies to wash your body and also clean the shower if there’s a mishap while you’re showering.
Dorm Life Stressors
Keep in mind that the increased stress of juggling communal living with a new college schedule may affect your period. Lifestyle changes and environmental factors may contribute to changes in your cycle, according to the Mayo Clinic. High stress levels as well as diet changes may also affect your flow.2 College also may mean a more unsteady diet and eating more junk food, other changes that might impact your AUB. To deal with the transition:
- Get adequate sleep. Resting your body is key. You don’t want to be falling asleep in class, so you need enough shut-eye to function in your new college life.
- Eat healthy (or try at least). The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that women on their period eat foods that are rich in calcium, such as beans, almonds and dark green leafy vegetables. In that cafeteria line, look for foods that are high in antioxidants like tomatoes, cherries, squash and bell peppers.3 Remember that heavy bleeding associated with AUB may trigger anemia, a condition marked by iron deficiency. To combat anemia, consider choosing foods that are rich in iron, such as red meat, seafood, beans, peas, and iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas, suggests the Mayo Clinic.4
- Find a circle of friends. There’s nothing like a warm group of good friends to de-stress and soothe your mood. And guess what? Your college houses hundreds, or on some campuses thousands, of students who may turn out to be life-long friends! Make time to join a club or sign up for an activity that interests you.
1“Abnormal Uterine Bleeding,” The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. https://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq095.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20170713T1420045549
2“Many Possible Causes of Irregular Periods,” Mayo Clinic. http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/many-possible-causes-of-irregular-periods
3“Menstrual Pain,” University of Maryland Medical Center. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/menstrual-pai
4“Iron Deficiency Anemia,” Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/manage/ptc-20266647
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On September 1, 2017