Coping with heavy periods in everyday life
Heavy periods can be a big problem. But there are various ways to cope with them better in everyday life.
Many women with heavy periods feel weak and tired during and shortly after they have their period. Feeling very tired can make it difficult for them to cope with the demands of everyday life – at home or at work. Even activities and hobbies that are usually enjoyable can then become a burden. Having to change sanitary pads or tampons at night can also disrupt your sleep. And heavy periods may also be accompanied by abdominal pain.
But the physical problems caused by the blood loss aren't the only thing that women often find difficult to cope with: Heavy periods can be embarrassing, bothersome (also during sex) and sometimes worrying. Some women feel like blood is just “gushing" out of them, or they might find the sensation very unpleasant.
Some women are afraid to leave home on particularly heavy days. Many might do less sports, avoid going on trips or cancel plans with friends. Others stick to their usual activities. But most women mainly try to avoid situations that they would find embarrassing.