In response to a very misleading article
Claim: There are also medications you can get over the counter at the pharmacy that can help reduce the amount you bleed. A class of medication known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can help relieve period pain and reduce the amount of blood you lose. Tranexamic acid is another medication that can also reduce your bleeding.
My response: What about a natural method first? Turmeric has been found to be as effective as conventional anti-inflammatory drugs (1) (2). The treatment for Mennorhagia (excessive bleeding) is anti-inflammatory medication, and I would like to think the majority of the population would prefer to go natural first.
Claim: The next thing to think about – if you’re not trying for a baby – is contraception. That’s because hormonal contraceptives like the pill and IUDs can reduce the amount you bleed. An advantage of going on the pill is that you can skip your period when you want to, which means avoiding bleeding altogether.
My response: Well this just got me really fired up. DOctors are actually trained to counsel women on the best form of hormonal contraception for their case as a way to ‘fix’ their hormones, so it’s not really their fault. The problem lies in the university curriculum. Anyway, problem number 1) The pill doesn’t “Reduce the amount you bleed,” it instead stops your period all together and you stop having a cycle. For the Mirena and Skyla IUD, ovulation is suppressed in 85% of cycles in the first year and then 15% of cycles after that (3). Problem number 2) Which IUD are they talking about because there is also the copper IUD which will increase the volume of your flow by 20-50% for the first 12 months at least.
Claim: Sometimes, your doctor may recommend further treatment for your heavy periods. If, for example, you have a fibroid, polyp or tumor, she may recommend surgery.
There are other procedures that can reduce your bleeding during your periods, such as endometrial ablation (destroying the lining of the womb), or hysterectomy.
My response: Whilst this is correct, why the fuck would they put this on an article with no context? The average Joe is reading this and will take this information as a grain of salt. It’s one thing for this to be on a fertility website when the general website visitors are more interested in the topic and will be doing their own research. But these women reading this are the average chick that probably isn’t very knowledgeable in this area.
To be honest, I’m just so pissed at how this article mentions NOTHING about natural remedies, stress reduction, the link between excess estrogen (which can be caused by the pill!!) and diet.
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