A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Menorrhagia
I had a question the other day about menorrhagia.
Menorrhagia is the medical term for heavy or prolonged menstrual periods.
This is the most common type of abnormal bleeding from the uterus.
Periods are considered heavy if there’s enough blood to soak a pad or tampon every hour for several consecutive hours.
Other symptoms of a heavy period can include:
>Nighttime bleeding requiring getting up to change pads or tampons.
>Passing large blood clots during menstruation.
>A period lasting longer than 7 days.
There are many possible causes of heavy menstrual bleeding.
>Hormonal imbalance; this is most common in teens who recently began their periods and women who’re getting close to menopause.
>Fibroids or noncancerous tumors of the uterus; fibroids typically occur during childbearing years.
>Miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy – the implantation of a fertilized egg outside the uterus.
>Use of blood thinners.
>Problems with a non-hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) used for birth control.
>Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive organs.
To deal with menorrhagia it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 1 quart of purified water daily, starting a week before your menstrual period and ending 1 week after.
*Angelica root, cramp bark, and red raspberry have antispasmodic properties and may alleviate cramps.
*Blessed thistle, dong quai, false unicorn root, fennel seed, sarsaparilla root, and squawvine are hormone-balancing herbs effective in the treatment of menorrhagia.
*Black haw and rosemary are good for cramps and help calm your nervous system.
*Milk thistle cleanses your liver and helps improve liver function, thus enhancing your liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen. For best results, this herb should be taken on a daily basis for a period of 3 months.
*Peppermint, strawberry leaf, and valerian root help stabilize mood swings.
*Wild yam extract contains natural progesterone and has proved effective in alleviating symptoms including cramps, headache, mood swings, depression, irritability, and insomnia.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole-grain cereals and breads, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, and broiled chicken, turkey, and fish. Have high-protein snacks between meals.
*Include in your diet foods high in complex carbohydrates and rich in fiber. These can help your body get rid of excess estrogen.
*Don’t consume salt, red meats, processed foods, or junk or fast foods. At the very least, omit these foods from your diet for at least 1 week before the expected onset of symptoms. Reducing sodium (mainly salt and foods containing it) is especially important for preventing bloating and water retention.
*Eat fewer dairy products. Dairy products block the absorption of magnesium and increase its urinary excretion. Refined sugars also increase magnesium excretion. Be sure to get calcium and vitamin D from other foods or supplements.
*Avoid caffeine and foods and beverages like coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate. Caffeine is linked to breast tenderness, and is a central nervous system stimulant that can make you anxious and jittery. It is also a diuretic and can deplete many important nutrients.
*Eat foods high in phytoestrogens like organic soy products, flaxseeds, nuts, 100% whole grains, apples, fennel, celery, parsley, and alfalfa.
*Don’t consume alcohol or sugar in any form, especially during the week before symptoms are expected. These foods cause valuable electrolytes, particularly magnesium, to be lost through your urine.
*Fast on fresh juices and spirulina for several days before the anticipated onset of menstruation to help minimize symptoms.
*Get regular exercise. Walking, even if only 1/2 to 1 mile per day, can be very helpful.
*Eliminate toxic environmental exposures.
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