Recognising & treating heavy menstrual bleeding

With so much conflicting information around, and as such a subjective topic, it can be hard to know if the symptoms that you experience when you get your period are totally ‘normal’, or if there’s something a bit more serious going on. But, if you are suffering from what feels like excessively heavy menstrual bleeding every month, it might be worth looking at whether you might be suffering from menorrhagia.

What is menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia refers to abnormally heavy periods and prolonged bleeding when you get your monthly visitor.³ It’s one of the most common gynaecologic complaints – in fact, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 30 million females aged 30-55 across the world perceive their menstrual bleeding to be excessive.³ But, in order to get a proper diagnosis, it’s important to clinically distinguish heavy menstrual bleeding from other common gynaecological causes of bleeding like pregnancy, anovulatory bleeding, and fibroids.³

So, how do I know if I have menorrhagia?

Because heavy menstrual bleeding can lead to anaemia and low quality of life, it’s really important that you get a diagnosis if you’re suffering from menorrhagia so that you can get the help you need.

Menorrhagia is generally diagnosed by the following symptoms:

  1. Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours³
  2. Needing to wake up to change your sanitary protection during the night³
  3. Passing blood clots³
  4. Showing symptoms of anaemia, such as tiredness, fatigue, or shortness of breath. ³

How is menorrhagia treated?

Therapeutic treatment of menorrhagia depends on the cause and seriousness of the bleeding. In general, therapeutic options fall into two categories:

  1. Hormonal treatments, such as contraceptives. These have been shown to reduce menstrual flow volume.3
  2. Non-hormonal therapies, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which reduce menstrual bleeding.3

However, there is also a natural herbal extract, Capsella bursa-pastoris, which has been shown to facilitate the regulation of menstrual blood flow.2

SalomeTM Heavy Menstrual Bleeding capsules contain a dry extract of Capsella bursa-pastoris (also known as Shepherd’s purse) which is a scientifically studied medicinal plant that has been shown to have smooth-muscle stimulant effects.2 This extract has several active substances, such as tannins, thiamine, acetylcholine and flavonoids that help in managing heavy menstrual bleeding because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant features.2 Together, these features help to improve uterine tone, which regulates your menstrual blood flow.2

Interested in seeing how this natural herbal extract can help to facilitate the regulation of your menstrual blood flow? Take a look at SalomeTM Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.

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