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How do you make your period lighter?

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According to Healthy Women from the National Women's Health Resource Center, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs and oral contraceptives lighten a woman's period. If those treatments fail to work, surgical procedures are also options.

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According to Healthy Women, 92 percent of women with heavy menstrual bleeding report that the condition interferes with their daily lives. Sixty-eight percent report that their periods end up controlling their lives during their cycles. Hormonal imbalances, ovarian dysfunction, noncancerous tumors and underlying bleeding disorders may all be causes of heavy periods. Doctors first prescribe medical therapy to treat heavy periods, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce inflammation and swelling. Doctors may also recommend prescription alternatives such as tranexamic acid tablets and intrauterine devices. If those treatments fail, oral contraceptives may also be used. Natazia is an oral contraceptive specifically designed to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and prevent pregnancy.

Surgical options are usually a last resort, but they may also be effective for lightening periods. One major procedure is an endometrial ablation, which WebMD defines as a procedure that destroys the uterine lining, causing it to scar and prevent further abnormal bleeding. Another surgery is a hysterectomy. This procedure is the most extreme because it causes a woman to become infertile and no longer have a period.

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