How do you manage your heavy periods?
Are you anxious about your heavy period because you’re down for the count one week out of each month? Do you bleed so much that you need to double up on menstrual products? Even then, do you wonder if it’s possible to make it through an hour meeting without having to bolt to the bathroom? Are you wondering if this is normal or healthy?
If you’re looking for a way to solve or reverse your heavy flow without taking birth control pills, pharmaceutical medication, or surgery, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll discuss the causes of heavy bleeding, which will lead us to effective natural remedies for relief and healing.
So what is considered a heavy period?
The medical term for heavy bleeding is menorrhagia, and it affects 25% of women today. It’s a shocking statistic, but at least now you know that you’re not the only one who has to deal with the following realities:
-You have to change your tampon or pad every hour for an entire day
-You use more than 16 regular tampons (fully soaked) during your period
-You lose more than 80 ml of blood during your period
In addition to these clinical markers of menorrhagia, you might have a long period that lasts over 7 days. Heavy periods are usually accompanied by severe, painful cramping or splitting headaches that make dealing with menstruation even worse.
Causes of heavy periods
Obviously, the symptoms we discussed above are not normal and there must be a root cause of your heavy period. It’s important to determine the cause because that will help you choose the most effective course of treatment so you can get relief faster.
If you haven’t already, please see your doctor about your heavy period. They can order hormone testing, help you pinpoint the cause, rule out serious health concerns, and provide appropriate treatment options. For example, if it turns out that your thyroid is the culprit, you will want to treat that specifically.
If you don’t feel comfortable discussing your period with your doc, ask your girlfriends for a recommendation and look for a new one. Your menstrual health is an important part of your overall health, and you deserve to feel comfortable discussing your period with someone from the medical community.
Most common causes of heavy periods include:
-A hormone imbalance, in particular too much estrogen
-You don’t ovulate
-Polyps or fibroids
-An IUD, in particular the copper type
Other factors that contribute to heavy periods:
Natural treatment options
If you’ve had it up to your eyeballs with your heavy periods and the debilitating symptoms that come with, you have probably heard that you can take birth control, surgically remove the lining of your uterus, or opt for a partial hysterectomy to eliminate your period.
However, if you’re reading this post we’ve got a hunch that these are not options for you.
So here’s our natural approach to balance your hormones, reduce the pain, and help you out with your heavy flow.
Detox with food- if your heavy flow is caused by a hormone imbalance, you may have excess estrogen. Too much estrogen (and not enough progesterone) causes the uterine lining to grow too much. You can encourage your body to detox estrogen every day through your diet. Try including lots of brassica vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage as well as raw carrots and beets. You can also supplement with DIM or Indole-3-Carbinol to make sure you’re getting the benefits of these veggies on the daily.
Avoid cow’s dairy- research has shown that for some women, dairy may play a part in heavy periods and impair ovulation. When you don’t ovulate, your body doesn’t produce the progesterone it needs to keep your hormones balanced. Try to avoid dairy for a couple months and see if you get some relief.
Here are some things you can try specifically when you’re on your period:
Supplement with iron- ensure your body has the building blocks to restore your blood levels. Iron can also help reduce heavy flow.
Supplement with turmeric- this root is a potent natural anti-inflammatory and some women find it super effective to reduce pain and heavy flow. Try our warming Golden Milk Latte or purchase turmeric capsules.
Eat warm foods- on average, the body’s internal temperature is 37.0 degrees celsius (98.6°F). When you eat cold food like salads, smoothies or leftovers strait from the fridge, it tenses the muscles of the body, especially the uterine muscles which are particularly sensitive to cold. Bring preheated soups or stews in a thermos to work, drink herbal teas, and try steamed veggies instead of your usual salad to keep your body warm before and during your period.
The most important thing I want to leave you with is that the cause of your heavy period shouldn’t remain a mystery. So many women believe their period is within the normal range when in reality it’s an expression of a more serious health issue. It is possible to advocate for yourself, pinpoint the root cause, and create a plan of action to get relief from your debilitating periods.
So if you’re not okay with being a slave to your period, but you’re also not down with medicating yourself or surgical options to relieve your symptoms, there are natural, effective remedies that you can start with today.
If you want to figure out what’s causing your heavy bleeding and get clear on why you haven’t been able to get relief yet, book a Period Audit call with the link below.