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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

Three Ways You Can Get Relief From Your Heavy Menstrual Cycles

by Clifton Davidson

If you suffer from heavy menstrual cycles, you may experience a decline in your quality of life during your monthly period. Many women report that they have to worry about bleeding through their tampons or pads; they may even have to alter their activities until their cycle is over. If you suffer from heavy menstrual cycles, here are a few options that can help alleviate your heavy menstrual flow.

1. Rethink Your Birth Control

Many women find that hormonal birth control, such as oral pills, helps reduce the heaviness of their monthly menstrual cycles. You can even skip your menstrual periods entirely by forgoing the placebo portion of your birth control pack and starting a fresh pack. For optimal results, you need to remember to take your pill every single day to keep your hormone levels steady.

Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) are also associated with a lighter menstrual flow or more infrequent periods. However, some women do experience spotting for a few months after insertion of the IUD. Eventually, the spotting does go away; be prepared to commit to a lengthy trial period if you are interested in trying an IUD.

If you already suffer from heavy cycles, it is best to avoid a copper IUD. Copper IUDs are notorious for increasing both the length and flow of its users' monthly cycles.

2. Explore Different Types of Sanitary Products

Utilizing different types of sanitary products does not treat your heavy cycle, but it does make it more bearable. Numerous women find that a menstrual cup is a more effective than pads or tampons for containing a heavy menstrual flow. The cup tends to leak less than other options, and it does not need to be changed as frequently.

You insert the menstrual cup into the vagina. Insertion and removal does take a bit of practice for new users. It is permissible to wear your cup for up to 12 hours before emptying it. 

3. Treat Any Underlying Conditions That May Be Causing Your Heavy Menstrual Flow

There are certain conditions that can cause you to experience heavier than average menstrual cycles. Uterine fibroids and endometrial polyps are two conditions that can cause a heavy cycle. Both of these conditions can be treated with surgery. 

Infection, stress, and changes in weight can also contribute to changes in your menstrual cycle.

Make sure to discuss your concerns regarding your menstrual cycle with your gynecologist. Your gynecologist can order tests to look for underlying conditions and suggest solutions to help lighten your cycles.