If you’re anything like me, you dread that time of the month. Every three to four weeks Aunt Flo comes over, sets up her reign in your uterus, tearing down its walls just as a reminder that–’Hey, you’re not pregnant!’ While for some our period can be a relief, for others it’s just a time of the month that they dread due to various (mostly painful) reasons. One of these reasons is Menorrhagia, a term to describe excessive blood loss due to an abnormally heavy flow during a woman’s period. As a result of the extreme blood loss, women can suffer from anaemia, which in layman terms is iron deficiency.
I spoke to Chief Nutritionist & Clinical Dietitian at NutriBond, Ms. Huda Shaikh about Menorrhagia. She shared details on what Menorrhagia is, what are its symptoms and consequences, and most importantly, a diet plan you should stick to. Stay tuned till the end, ‘cus she shares some expert tips to follow if you have anaemia.
Ms. Shaikh states,
Menorrhagia is a term which is used to define menstrual periods with heavy or prolonged bleeding. So, women with menorrhagia could experience excessive menstrual bleeding and cramps which possibly affects her normal schedule or chores.
Ms. Shaikh mentions that if your blood loss is significantly heavy, it could be an indicator that you’re likely suffering from Menorrhagia.
Heavy bleeding occurs when you bleed more than 80 ml of blood during your monthly cycle compared to the normal of 10-35 ml. Some symptoms are:
- Expelling large blood clots.
- Bleeding for more than a week.
- Needing to use double protection–a pad and tampon at the same time.
- Having to change a pad every 2 hours or less.
- Needing to get up in the night to change a napkin due to heavy bleeding.
- Excessive bleeding which could interfere with your daily chores.
- Bleeding through your clothes or staining them even after using protection.
- Feeling tired, fatigued or experiencing shortness of breath.
Thus, a direct consequence of excessive blood loss is iron deficiency anaemia.
Anemia is a condition that occurs when you have low levels of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein inside your red blood cells which carries oxygen to your tissues. Iron is an essential micronutrient which is required for oxygen transport to cellular respiration. Not getting enough iron through the diet or losing significant amounts of blood can lead to iron-deficiency anaemia.
Women who suffer from Menorrhagia must ensure that they consume foods rich in iron and vitamins which are essential to hemoglobin and red blood cells production. Ms Shaikh explains the two different kinds of iron that we can consume:
The recommended daily intake for an average female adult is 18mg/day.
Now that is a plethora of helpful information, isn’t it? Ms Shaikh has it down to a tee. Share this diet plan with your friends who might suffer from heavy bleeding, and help them out.
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