2:42 am - 11/12/2008

Period-Related Nose Bleeds?

I don't know if anyone else experiences this or if I'm some sort of freak, but my nose will bleed when I'm on my period. It's not heavy gushing blood or anything. Just little bits of blood when I blow or wipe my nose. I always get menstrual migraines and I don't know if the two are related. Someone told me a long time ago that the nose bleeds have something to do with a rise of blood pressure during menstruation, but I don't know if that's true or not. Maybe my body is like, "Hey! Let's see if I can make you bleed out of every hole! It'll be fun!" I'm just going to start shoving tampons everywhere!

Anyone else experience this or should I check into getting a job at a freak show?

Also, does anyone else get severe menstrual migraines? Have you found anything that will make them go away? I try pain killers, coffee, ice packs, heating pads, sleep, hot showers and nothing gets rid of them. I usually only get them the first day of my period, but it's unbearable and totally puts me out of commission. I'm 25 and have been on birth control since I was 14 due to painful periods and cysts. I'm currently on Yasmin. Thanks for any advice! <3
superfan1 12th-Nov-2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Never had that happen to me, but poor girl. (Hug) Too bad you can't have a intervention with you period and tell it to please stop trying to bleed you to death. (Okay trying to be funny,but suck at it)

Here what my old gradmother told me once, you could use salted lemon juice or cut lemons and applied to your temple.

(Not much help here)
saywa 12th-Nov-2008 08:21 am (UTC)
Lemons you say? That's one I've never heard but I'm willing to give anything a go! I'll smell delicious! ^_^ Thanks for your input.
phoenixfire79 12th-Nov-2008 08:50 am (UTC)
I can't help you with the nose-bleeds but I do get menstrual migraines. Not fun! Usually I take 3-4 tablets with a high dose of codeine in them and go and sleep. Nurofen Plus is what's working at the moment, it's Ibuprofen with about 12mg of codeine. Mostly, it'll take the edge off the migraine, enough for me to function, but not get rid of it. I feel your pain, just went through it last week. *hugs*

I know large amounts of codeine aren't good, but when I'm hurting that much, I'll take what I have to to make the pain go away.
anowyn 12th-Nov-2008 08:54 am (UTC)
*raises hands* I get freaking AWFUL menstrual migraines. I am also on hormonal birth control and very often forget to take my placebo week, but I'm fairly sure I had them even before I got on HBC. I am on Yasmin too.

The best thing that works for me is a lot of coffee that day (and by "a lot" I mean a double americano on top of my normal cup of coffee), followed by a tylenol (specifically tylenol) or two and a big bottle of water. Everyone's different though... it sucks that what I suggested doesn't seem to work! But they are (most likely) hormonal related so that could be why.

I actually brought this up to my gyno last time I saw her and she recommended I skip the placebo week and go straight into the next pack to see if it is related to menstruation or not.

I still need to try that. =X

sclmoose 12th-Nov-2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I'm on HBC, but my withdrawal bleed doesn't always come on the same day. I always know when it is coming because my nose bleeds too! Just a bit in the morning when I blow my nose, and I know my bleed will come at some point that day. I thought I was the only one!
saywa 12th-Nov-2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
BLEEDING FREAKS UNITE!!! Yay!!
archangelbeth 12th-Nov-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
That does sound like a blood-pressure rise, with both the headaches and the nosebleeds, and... hm. You might want to talk to a doctor about it? If it's a blood-pressure thing, then there might be blood-pressure-reducing medicine that you could take for it.

On your own, perhaps taking magnesium supplements? Calcium-magnesium powder is supposed to lighten cramps (never did diddly to mine), and magnesium-sulfate is a muscle-relaxant that I was given as an IV when I had pre-eclampsia (which includes really high blood pressure and the threat of seizures).

Good luck!
mercy_rain 12th-Nov-2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
This phenomenon is called vicarious menstruation. According to this site it's related to estrogen levels, but since you're also experiencing headaches, I'd suggest seeing a doctor about it, if possible.
saywa 12th-Nov-2008 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I have a name for it now!
ziggali 12th-Nov-2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
from the age of 9-13 my friend used to get monthly nosebleeds that would last a few days. we used to joke about it being her period, and as soon after she actually began menstruating and fell into a somewhat regular cycle the nosebleeds disappeared. she never found out if there was a true correlation, but mercy_rain's comment makes sense.
arularia 12th-Nov-2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Can't say much about the nose bleed issue, but I've seen several women on here mention that they have horrible cycle-related migraines. There's been a bit of research on it and some scientists and doctors are blaming changing hormone levels as the culprit behind those migraines. To combat that, they suggest stacking your pill packs, i.e. taking them back to back with no off-week. It'd be up to you and your doctor to decide how many to stack in a row. Some women stack two months at a time, others stacks for years at a time. And since your chance of experiencing breakthrough bleeding increases the longer you stack, you may find it necessary to only stack for three or four months at a time. Then again, you may decide that avoiding the migraines is worth some random spotting.

Maybe you could try stacking this month and see if you still get the migraine?
saywa 12th-Nov-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Because of my issues with ovarian cysts I don't think stacking is an option for me. I'll have to discuss it with my doctor, but thanks for the comment! I appreciate any advice I can get.
arularia 13th-Nov-2008 04:28 am (UTC)
How would stacking aggravate any issues with cysts? The entire point of BC is to keep you from ovulating. The only thing a placebo week does is allow a breakthrough bleed in order to give women some peace of mind. Medically, there's really no need for it.

Best of luck in finding something that works for you though.
jackdiamond 12th-Nov-2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I've read somewhere a while ago (it was an actual medical site) that period nosebleeds are related to endometriosis. Apparently, endometrial tissue can wind up all over the body, including the nose, and when it's period time, it bleeds, no matter where it is.
augustelizabeth 8th-Dec-2009 01:16 am (UTC)
COFFEE DE PLEATS IRON. AND IRON IS WHAT HELPS KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUFFICIENTLY SCABBING AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THAT WOULD BE COMPLETELY STUPID TO DRINK COFFEE DURING YOUR PERIOD, LET ALONE IF YOU'RE HAVING NOSEBLEEDS.

I'm anemic and diabetic with low blood sugar so I have this nosebleed problem too. Hence the reason why I just googled it.. lol

best I can tell you is BLOW YOUR NOSE when it starts bleeding. Or when you see there's blood..

If you're a freak... we're freaks.. haha
clovercrimsons 31st-Oct-2012 09:08 am (UTC)
I also have nose bleeds and migranes on my periods. It does have to do with the hormones and can affect blood pressure. It is good to skip coffers because the caffeine will raise blood pressure and asprin can also thin blood. Iron loss during your period is not uncommon either, however iron does not impact blood pressure or scabing. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting. Magnesium and potassium suppliments may help, but drinking water and rest may be best. It's usually not recommended to blow your nose during nose bleeds because the nasel passages are sensative. Unfortunately I wish we didn't have to deal with this every month but hormones can be a real bitch, and so can I when this happens, good luck.
sexyldysocks 22nd-Aug-2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Im on my sec day of my period and like you i get those nosebleeding weirdo excruciaing paiful things !! dont worry your not the only one , took half an hr to stop my nosebleeding earlier ........ so tyting , so thats wut brought me here today haha ,but about your Migrain i might be able to help ya there was watching this Doc show sumin on TV and he said this causes more often between skinny slim women :s lol . so i was like ,well o ill try and gain 2more pounds only !!! and drink less water before your period and it helped !!! oh and try not to eat alot of salty food aweek before your period too ..been trying to eat healthy too ,hope i was useful.... xxx
ani_val 4th-Mar-2011 09:57 am (UTC)
I don't get nose bleeds as such, just a little blood when I blow my nose everyday for about a week before my period. I've always wondered if it was just me!!
Joyce Chuen me too, and I never thought I would find anyone else who has this symptom5th-Mar-2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Hi, I get nose bleeds right before I start my period, so if I'm anticipating my menstrual bleeding and I get a nose bleed .. I rush to check if I've started!! The nose bleeds don't hurt, and I'm used to nosebleeds because I've always had them randomly since I was a little girl. I would like to know how to stop them, because my nosebleeds don't seem to care where I am --at school,shower, work, etc! They usually don't last more than a few minutes. Hmm.. vicarious menstruation?
Shannon Smith periods, nosebleeds and migraines26th-Mar-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
thank god i'm not the only one.....going to the doctor this week to find out what she thinks. i have paragard so not thinking its hormone related but the first few days of my period i have awful nosebleeds and then the migraines to last till the end of my cycle....i would think blood pressure but my blood pressure has always ran very low. so idk i hope the doctor is able to tell me something. its gotten a little on the scary side.
Sawako Kuronuma Experiencing11th-May-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hi, I know your post is a few years old, but I am currently experiencing the same thing. I started my period about three days ago, but not the nose bleeds. As I started to notice my bleeding getting strangely heavier, by what seems like a half a cup every twelve hours, my nose started to bleed as well. This might sound disgusting, but when I woke up this morning, blood had leaked a lot: from my nose onto my pillow case and from down there onto my sheets. I don't know what this overload of blood means but I intend on talking to a nurse at my local hospital. As for severe migraines, I just go somewhere quite and do whatever I love to do (aka: read, play video games, college work, listen to soft music.) If the nose-bleeds are related to high blood pressure, then I am in trouble because I have had hbp since I was sixteen ):
Amy Marable Estrogen Withdrawl14th-Dec-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
I have the nose bleeds as well and now that you mention it the high blood pressure makes sense. I just took a psychobiology of women class and it was all about periods, birth, birth control and such.
We learned that some women get severe migraines and that is due to the drop in estrogen right as the cycle starts. We are flooded with estrogen then it drops and some of our bodies can't handle it so we have what is called and estrogen withdrawl headache. My teacher said you should go to you OBGYN and ask them for help. Also hormonal contraceptives like birth control can mess with the whole system so it's important to find something that works with your body. Hope I was able to help.
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