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Menstrual Bleeding – Understanding Heavy Period Flow


Every woman menstruates differently, hence there are a number of unanswered questions that each woman has about her period. While help and guidance on all your queries might not always be available, here’s answering your concerns on heavy flow.

Do you feel
like those 5 days of painful periods drain the life out of you? Does it irk you
to change your pad every couple of hours and by the end of it you’re just happy
to be done with your period? We feel you!

Your period
is an important measure of your health. However, since every woman is unique,
so is her body and her menstrual cycle. Your periods are affected by a lot of
factors like your weight, your physical activity, age, lifestyle etc. In order
to gauge what is ‘normal period flow’ for your body, you need to keep a track
of things like how often your period occurs, how long it lasts for each time,
and whether the flow or the timings fluctuate or not.

Many women complain about experiencing Menorrhagia, or ‘heavy period flow’ as it is commonly called, and it is one of the most commonly diagnosed gynaecological problems. But how does one measure how much is too much? What is heavy flow? Well, there are certain signs to look out for to determine this:

  1. Blood clots:
    Women with the heavy flow usually experience heavy bleeding with clots. Sometimes these blood clots can be as big as a coin. Needless to mention, pain and discomfort accompany this. Having said that, while heavy bleeding with clots is normal if it gets more than usual, it is always advisable to consult a doctor.
  2.  Changing a pad every two hours:
    If you are going through heavy bleeding during a period, unlike other women, you probably end up changing pads every couple of hours, both during the day and the night. On average, you might end up changing 7-8 pads in one day.
  3. Flooding:
    Flooding is extremely heavy bleeding during menstruation. Women often end up soiling their clothes and bedding due to heavy bleeding. If this occurs on a regular basis, it is a sign that you are experiencing heavy flow.
  4. Longer periods:
    While most women menstruate only for a period of 3-5 days, women with the heavy flow may end up menstruating for up to 6 or 7 days. Longer heavy periods with blood clots in every cycle signal heavy flow.

While these are some of the indicators of heavy flow, there are multiple causes of heavy flow occurring to some women and not the others. Some of the most common causes of heavy flow are:

  • Hormonal imbalance:

When there is an imbalance between the oestrogen and progesterone levels in your body at irregular timings during the month, there is a chance you may experience a heavy and painful period.

  • Age:

Since hormonal changes occur with the change in age and are more prominent during certain life stages, women who are approaching menopause tend to have heavy bleeding during as compared to other women.

  • PCOD:

Polycystic Ovary Disorder or PCOD as it is commonly known is a very generic occurrence these days. This occurs due to the formation of cysts in the ovary which disrupts the body’s hormone balance and regular flow. As a result, women who have PCOD end up experiencing heavier periods than the others.

In other
cases, certain medications or consumptions also lead to either stoppage of
periods or a heavy period flow. However, there could be a lot of other causes
of heavy flow and In case you relate to or experience any of the symptoms or
causes mentioned above, it is advisable to first consult a medical expert and get
the condition diagnosed.

To avoid stains and leakage during heavy flow it is important to use a pad which not only helps soak up the excess blood loss but also stays firmly placed in your underwear as you go about with your day. Presenting RIO Heavy Duty Pads for Heavy Flow, which are specially designed to help you through your ‘difficult period’ and ease the troubles. Each RIO Heavy Flow pad is as good as 3 sanitary napkins which means lesser pad changing through the day. What makes RIO pad stand out is the fact that it is equipped with guards instead of wings, which ensure no depression at the sides of your underwear and hence reduce the risk of leakage. For more efficacy, its antibacterial SAP helps absorb liquid faster and converts it into a gel to keep you dry and comfortable. It locks odour and helps you stay fresh for a long time while its extra glue grip sticks on to your panty and stays on. What’s more? It absorbs blood clots and gushes too!

So ladies, be it PCOD or Menopause, do not let heavy flow stop you! Switch to RIO Heavy Flow Pads now and make it a ‘happy period’!


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