Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ladies, Know Your Flow

****This post is only for ladies, concerning ladies' time of the month.****

As women, we all understand how dreadful it is to deal with that time of the month when our period starts. Some of us have learnt to face it with ease, but for some women, periods that are extremely painful and heavy can be a monthly physical and emotional drain.

Heavy periods are anything but rare.

A survey conducted by Bayer found that about one third of women are affected by a condition at some point in their life, where their periods are extremely heavy and long. Heavy periods impact many aspects of a woman’s life including her relationships, work and social life. You probably know of a friend or have heard of women who face issues with their monthly period.

Although periods happen in all women, not many are aware that there can be medical conditions associated with it, such as when it becomes abnormally heavy or there is prolonged bleeding (more than 7 days).

Those who have HMB end up suffering in silence due to their lack of awareness on the condition, or are shy to seek medical advice or treatment on it.

To help raise awareness among women on the impact of period problems and to take control over them, Bayer organized ‘Know Your Flow’ event, an intimate ladies evening at chic Italian restaurant, Otto.

In this post, you will get to understand more about Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB), identify the symptoms of HMB and know how you can deal with it if you have it.

What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?
Clinically, HMB is defined as excessive menstrual blood loss, which interferes with a woman’s physical, emotional, social and material quality of life, and which can occur alone or in combination with other symptoms.
The classic definition of HMB is regular menstrual blood loss exceeding 80 ml per month during a menstruation of normal length (5 to 7 days). That is equivalent to more than 5 tablespoons of blood loss!
If not properly addressed, HMB can have detrimental effects on health. One of the major health risks is anaemia, when too much blood is lost.
Typical signs of anaemia are:
 Pale skin
 Rapid heartbeat and breathlessness on exertion
 Dizziness and headaches
 Poor concentration, lethargy and fatigue

How do you know if your menstrual bleeding is too heavy?
One method is to count the number of tampons or sanitary pads used per day.
 If you need more than five pads or tampons per day
 If you need to change your pad or tampon more frequently than every two hours

What causes HMB?

1) Hormonal imbalance
During a normal menstrual cycle, there is a balance between the two hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Part of this process is to regulate the development of the endometrium, the lining of the womb that is shed each month during menstruation. An imbalance between these two natural hormones can result in heavy menstrual bleeding.
Young women and women nearing menopause are at higher risk of hormonal imbalance.

2) Infections
Infections of the womb or cervix can cause abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding.

3) Organic abnormalities of the womb
Diseases of the sexual organs:
 Endometriosis – A benign but sometimes very painful, chronic disease where endometrial tissue is found outside of the womb in the abdomen
 Uterine fibroids – Non-cancerous tumours that grow in the womb
 Polyps – Soft, small growths on the lining of the womb

4) Medications
Some medications such as anticoagulants that inhibit blood clotting, or anti-inflammatory medications can lead to heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding.

5) Other diseases
There are some other, fairly rare possible causes for heavy menstrual bleeding, which include:
 High blood pressure
 Diseases of the heart or the kidneys
 Adnexitis (infection of the Fallopian tubes or the ovaries)
 Thyroid disease

Some women have no obvious organic findings, so it is important to talk to your doctor and tell her or him all your signs and symptoms.

What can you do about HMB?

After HMB is diagnosed, your doctor will discuss possible treatment options with you, including:
 The effectiveness of treatments
 The likelihood of any adverse effects following treatments
 Whether contraception will be required
 The implications of treatment on fertility

There is no singular ‘perfect’ treatment for women with HMB. Different methods of treatment cater to the different needs and life stages of women. The best method is one that you can trust, is safe and has proven efficacy, and improves your quality of life such that you do not have to compromise on your daily life activities and relationships due to HMB anymore.

During your period, what can you do?

Lastly, I would like to thank OTTO Restaurant for hosting us with sumptuous Italian dinner at the event. All their dishes are simply heavenly! Highly recommend for authentic Italian dishes at OTTO. 

Thank you for reading this post, I hope information shared will be beneficial in helping you to understand about your period.
If you have HMB issue, I would advise you to visit a doctor for a check, do not suffer in silent. :)

Signing off with our group photo!


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