Every woman experiences menstrual bleeding differently. It’s important to remember even though you may have heavy or prolonged bleeding, it doesn’t have to limit your everyday activities. BCDI’s team can assist you with ways to manage symptoms to minimize any lifestyle disruption.

If you are feeling anxious or stressed about your bleeding, this is normal. It could help to talk to somebody you trust or your doctor to learn about ways to prepare for your monthly cycle.

Questions for Your First Visit

Try writing down your questions before your appointment and bring them with you. You should ask the doctor anything – there are no silly questions! Here are some common questions patients have:

  • What can I do to help with my pain?
  • What can I do to cut down on my bleeding?
  • What do I tell friends about my bleeding?
  • What should I tell my friends about hormonal therapy?
  • Will I be able to go to school or go swimming?
  • How do I manage my bleeding if I’m on a sports team?
  • Will I be able to get pregnant in the future?
  • Do my future children need to worry about having this?
  • Do I need to think about planning for children now?

Mark the Date

  • There are various apps to download on your phone to help track your period start and end date, as well as symptoms and flow heaviness.
  • Most women have their period every 28-33 days, mark your start date on the calendar so you know when to expect your next period.

Be Prepared

  • Stock up on supplies before you expect your period to start.
  • Find a purse or pouch to carry everything in so you’ll remember to bring your supplies with you on the go.
  • Shop around to find your favorite sanitary products for fit and comfort.

Treating Menstrual Cramps

  • Take warm baths to help sooth your aches.
  • Apply heating packs to your abdomen.
  • Stay active! Aerobic exercise releases beta-endorphins, which are the body’s own pain relievers.
  • Do not take over the counter pain relievers like aspirin or certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including ibuprofen and naproxen, because they may interfere with clotting.