I think I’m having excessive bleeding during my period. Can I stop it?

First, let’s understand when you are having heavy bleeding. If the period is heavy on the first day, it could be a result of changes in the dosage or intake of hormonal birth control pills or other regular medications. It takes the cycle to adjust to the hormone changes. If your period is always heavy and painful, you may have a problem. You may have a hormonal problem where too much estrogen leads to thick uterine walls causing heavy bleeding. Uterine polyps and Uterine fibroids are growths typically on the lining and inside the uterus and cause heavy periods. If your period suddenly becomes heavy then it could be due to a miscarriage or be a side-effect of a non-hormonal IUD.

If your bleeding is so heavy that you are unable to perform daily activities or you have to change the pads every hour, it is advisable to consult a doctor. It is always better to go to a doctor and get yourself checked as it is difficult to figure out if the period is normal or heavy.