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How Can I Make My Period Flow More Lightly
Oral contraception: While oral contraceptives or birth control pills are traditionally prescribed to keep someone from becoming pregnant, we also prescribe them to manipulate one's menses or period. If you have a frequent, heavy and/or prolonged periods, especially to the extent of becoming anemic, your family doc can prescribe you ocp/bcp to lighten your flow, sometimes stopping completely. Good luck! ...Read more
The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more
I've heard that excercising and stretching and stuff can make your period flow heavier. Is this true?
Not unless on cycle: Menstrual blood accumulates in the vagina during a period if a tampon is not in place. If you stretch and exercise your contracting muscles will "push out" any accumulated vaginal blood making it seem that your period is temporarily heavier. If you are not on your period, then the answer is no, exercising does not increase menstrual bleeding it actually helps to minimize cramping. ...Read more
Progesterone: Often when women have been exposed to Progesterone or have an imbalance of hormones, excess Progesterone can cause reduction of flow. Problems with thyroid or weight can also cause (thin/heavy). Rarely ovarian problems cause decreased hormone production. Keep a menstrual diary and see a doctor for evalution. ...Read more
Yes: Rest does improve bleeding activity may increase bleeding. ...Read more
May be normal: Your decreased menstrual flow may be completely normal. It can be caused by some medications or changes in diet, exercise, or weight. To know how to increase it you need to find out why it decreased and this will require a full history, exam, and appropriate testing. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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