Menorrhagia (heavy periods)

Menorrhagia is the medical term for excessive blood loss during menstruation. It is defined as more than 80 millilitres per cycle, but as most of us don’t measure our blood loss, a more practical definition is blood loss which causes difficulty in terms of managing the flow with the use of tampons or sanitary towels.

There are a number of causes of menorrhagia, including

  • infection
  • pregnancy
  • endometriosis
  • fibroids
  • cancer of the lining of the womb
  • thyroid problems
  • problems with the blood clotting mechanisms

In young women who have just started their periods, it is often linked to cycles where the ovaries have not produced an egg. The ripening follicle does not burst to release an egg, but instead continues to secrete oestrogen so that the lining of the womb becomes very thick, leading to a heavy blood loss when the period starts.

It can be helped by anti-inflammatory drugs, drugs which increase the strength of capillary walls, frugs that stop the breaking down of blood clots and the contraceptive pill.

The occasional heavy period is not a cause for concern, but regular excessive bleeding should be investigated to rule out any underlying cause.

Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)

Supplement/Herb What it does Dosage
Nettle Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, helps stop bleeding. Tonic and blood purifying. as directed
Vitamin E A powerful anti-oxidant, it helps prevent blood clots and promotes healing. 500iu daily
Vitamin C Combined with Vitamin E, both powerful anti-oxidants, may help circulation and reduce inflammation. 1000mg daily
Vitamin A Vitamin A is essential for the health of the thymus gland (the master gland of the immune system). as directed (not in pregnancy)
Iron Needed to carry oxygen in the blood. 15-45mg daily

 

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

There is a danger of anaemia when there is regular and heavy blood loss. So it is essential to make sure that you get adequate amounts of iron in your diet.

Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables which contain the anti-haemorrhagic Vitamin K.

Eat critus fruit, cherries and berries for Vitamin C and bioflavanoids.

Eat nuts, seeds and avocadoes as they are a rich source of Vitamin E.

Eat sea fish and sea weeds as they’re a rich source of iodine which is essential for thyroid health. An under active thyroid can cause lethargy, hair and skin problems, weight gain and is linked to menstrual problems.

Eat essential fatty acids from flaxseeds as a source of anti-inflammatories.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Actaea Rac
  • Calc Carb
  • Chamomilla
  • Lachesis
  • Lycopodium
  • Nat Mur
  • Nux Vom
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sepia

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