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3 Natural Tips on How to Stop Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Inexpensively

Brenda Albano

July 4, 2021

3 Natural Tips on How to Stop Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Inexpensively

How To Tackle Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Naturally

Every month a woman goes through the routine of her menstrual cycle. A series of oscillating hormones ultimately resulting in shedding of the uterine lining and blood loss. Each menstrual cycle experience is different. Some of us may experience shorter cycles, some longer ones. Or some may experience light menstrual flow or some heavy menstrual bleeding.

Heavy menstrual flow is tiresome for anyone who experiences it regularly. Not only does it indicate an underlying menstrual or medical condition, but it can cause additional health issues.

Also known as menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding is when more than 80mL of menstrual blood loss occurs every month. That is approximately one-third of a cup. Excess blood loss occurs when menstrual cycles last for more than seven days or when heavy bleeding occurs during the normal cycle length. Another way to identify heavy flow is when one soaks through a menstrual product (pad or tampon) and needs to change within two hours or expelling large blood clots about the size of a quarter.

If you are experiencing heavy menstrual flow for the first time, you may be asking yourself, ‘Why? Why is my period so heavy?’, and then this question will soon be followed by ‘How can I control it?’ or ‘How to stop heavy menstrual bleeding?’

There is almost always an underlying health issue that results in heavy period bleeding. A few of the several causes include:

Consequences of Heavy Bleeding

A significant consequence of heavy period bleeding is anemia, particularly iron-deficiency anemia.

The following wide range of symptoms characterize iron-deficiency anemia:

  • extreme fatigue, muscle weakness
  • a decline in concentration, headaches
  • shortness of breath, fast heartbeat
  • lightheadedness, dizziness
  • pale skin, brittle nails
  • pica: unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances

Painful cramps may also accompany heavy period bleeding. At times, the pain may become unbearable, coupled with excess bleeding that can cause a woman to retreat to the confines of her home. The fear of leaking, the severity of pain, and the sense of lack of control of the situation will limit a woman’s daily activities. It will eventually affect the quality of her life.

Heavy menstrual bleeding also has a substantial impact on mental health. There’s a constant worry about leaking and staining clothes and furniture. From tireless trips to the bathroom to constantly checking clothes for bloodstains, heavy menses will take over your mind and time. On top of it all, the apprehension about the why and health consequences of heavy periods increases the risk of anxiety and depression.

In addition to physical and mental consequences, managing heavy menstrual flow can also be a financial burden. It may seem like no matter how many pads or tampons you buy, it will never be enough to handle the crimson Niagara Falls. And then there are the cramps and the countless painkillers to make the menstrual cycle bearable but, adding insult to injury down the road from their side effects.

Best 3 Tips on How to Manage Heavy Period Flow Naturally

Many women will try to manage heavy menstrual bleeding symptomatically, that is, to deal with the flow and lessen the pain. These solutions include trying a range of pain medications, using hot water bottles, or wearing heavy-duty menstrual products. Some may try to tackle the resultant anemia with foods, drinks, and supplements.

TIP! Along with increasing the consumption of iron-rich foods, also take more vitamin C and K abundant foods. Vitamin C aids in the absorption of iron whereas vitamin K assists in the production of blood-clotting factors in the body.

The standard medical treatment of heavy menstruation is hormonal pills; BCPs (birth control pills). However, these come with a set of side effects, which can be off putting, even long after going off them.

So how does one deal with heavy menstrual flow naturally? To deal with heavy period bleeding, we need to take care of the root cause, hormones.

1. Chasteberry and Wild Yam

Chasteberry is probably one of the historical herbal remedies for menstrual disorders. Also known as Vitex Agnus-Castus, it is the fruit of the chaste tree. Chasteberry predominantly has a progesterone-like effect, restoring the ratio between estrogen and progesterone. It also increases follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) levels and decreases testosterone levels. Chasteberry is known to improve PMS symptoms, breast pain, menstrual cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Studies also show that it can help with PCOS symptoms since it regulates the menstrual cycle. Chasteberry also inhibits excess production of prolactin by the hypothalamus, effectively dealing with high prolactin states (such as the prolactin-secreting tumor).

Wild yam also predominantly exerts progesterone effects. Don’t be fooled. Wild yam is not the same as progesterone that has been naturally converted from wild yam. The roots of wild yam contain diosgenin, a phytosterol that can be converted to progesterone. Fertile Balance USP progesterone cream contains wild yam along with other herbs that help regulate the menstrual cycle and deal with PCOS symptoms.

2. Diindolylmethane (DIM)

Indole-3-carbinol is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, collard, and kale). Upon consumption of these vegetables, indole-3-carbinol is broken down into diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM modulates the activity of estrogen, thus maintaining estrogen balance. For this reason, it lowers estrogen levels in estrogen-dominant menstrual disorders such as fibroids, adenomyosis, and endometriosis. By balancing the estrogen levels in these menstrual disorders, DIM supplements can aid in reducing heavy period bleeding.

Note from the author: The following studies show possible positive effects of DIM on certain cancers. Products listed on this site were not part of these studies and have not been approved by the FDA. See our disclaimer below.
Studies have shown that DIM may protect against breast cancer. DIM also has shown anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. DIM supplements have been considered safe to use alongside hormonal therapy in breast cancer treatment. No study we have found has suggested DIM as a sole treatment but only as adjunct therapy to treatment. While DIM has not been proven to prevent prostate cancer it may help reduce some risk in certain groups and profiles. Another study found that DIM supplements may reduce the risk of thyroid proliferative disease (cancer, goiter, etc.) in susceptible individuals. More studies need to be done. Always check with your doctor and always do your homework on the supplements you choose. Heck! Why not eat more raw veggies and introduce DIM even more naturally?

Most of the time, cooking cruciferous vegetables may inactivate many nutrients, including DIM. For this reason, DIM supplements are more beneficial than just increasing the consumption of cruciferous. Not only will these supplements provide us with a high concentration of DIM, but you won’t have to deal with the bloating and gassy situations that follow after consuming cruciferous vegetables.

3. Dong Quai

Dong Quai is the dried root of the Angelica Sinensis plant commonly found in Southeast Asia. The bioactive component is ligustilide and has anti-inflammatory effects which assist in relieving menstrual symptoms. Ligustilide has antispasmodic action, thus soothing menstrual cramps and reducing heavy menstrual bleeding. Dong Quai may also exhibit estrogenic action, thus alleviating PMS and menopausal symptoms. Dong Quai is also beneficial for premature ejaculation, infertility, cardiac health, arthritis, and fatigue.

The Bottom Line

There are just a few of the herbs available in nature that help us with our reproductive issues. Even though they are readily available, access to unaltered herbs is challenging. Luckily, there are pure and organic supplements available that contain most of these multipurpose herbs. Female Hormone Balance contains both Dong Quai and Chasteberry, thus augmenting the effects of both plants.

It seems like the answer to how to stop heavy period flow is right in front of us, in the plants we grow and the foods we eat. We just need to access it. So go ahead and explore a little bit to find the right supplements that help us effectively deal with heavy menstrual bleeding. It is time to take control and get our life back!

References

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