Heavy periods are not only painful and debilitating, but they certainly can be unpredictable too.
I remember my first day of acupuncture school. I was so excited, and attempting to be eco-friendly, I tried walking to campus.
But, if you know anything about LA blocks, they’re miles long. So, running late, I hopped on a bus and was on my way.
It was day three of my period, and they were usually heavy, but it was day three so I thought I was all good.
But...the moment I stood up to get off at my stop, I felt the that gushing spill. I was so embarrassed, it went right through my pants. I turned red and I was visibly panicked because a sweet women stood up and gave me her sweater to wrap around my waist. While the driver was annoyingly telling me to make up my mind either to stay or get off, I was asking her for her address so I could mail it back to her. She just said, “please, keep it”.
In class, everything went in one ear and out the other because all I was thinking about was walking over to Costco next door. I bought a decent pair of tights that actually turned out to be my lucky, study pants.
That was my first day of school. And, luckily for me, acupuncture school changed my future menstrual experiences.
I figure you have your own story that’s somewhat relatable, if so, read on……
What is Normal?
That's a loaded question, but i'll stay on the topic regarding periods!
Normal bleedings are defined as bleeding that occurs every 28-30 days and lasts for 3-7 days. On average you may need to change a regular sized pad every couple hours, or sooner, depending on your hygiene comfort.
The color should be a red. Lighter red, more on the pink side, could indicate low iron levels.
Mild, pelvic tightness and sensations are normal before onset, but go away with heat. A general tiredness is normal, since it is a time for you to shut down life and go inward.
Sounds alright, doesn’t it?
The Opposite Experience
Isn’t having a heavy and painful period stressful enough, without adding the constant worry of bleeding through in public?
Women with heavy periods tend to agree that it disrupts all aspects of their lives: social, emotional, sexual and even professional.
Anatomy of Heavy Periods
What a difference, right?
5 Reasons Why You Have A Different Flow
There are many other, extremely medically technical reasons, but these are the main factors that most women seek help from.
Routine medical exams may consist of a pelvic exam to rule out any physical issues, a pap smear and an ultrasound to check the lining of the uterus and for pregnancies, fibroids, cysts or endometriosis.
A complete blood count may be done to check your iron levels for anemia, as well as a complete thyroid panel.
You may have already been through the cycle of treatment and medication.
The standard approach before surgery is suggested, is usually NSAIDs to prescription strength painkillers (ex: vicodin) birth control pills, Mirena IUD contraception, Lupron or a Dilation & Curettage (D&C) to scrape thick endometrial layers from the uterus.
These forms of medication really do not address the underlying factors that are causing the heavy bleeding, and as you may have read in the product inserts, are only used for symptom relief and have serious side effects.
Here Are Some Herbal Remedies For Heavy Bleeding
If you work with an acupuncturist (highly recommended) ask about the formula Xiao Yao San, Rambling Powder. Studies have shown this beautifully crafted Chinese herbal formula helps improve liver function, decrease inflammation, relieve stress, PMS and menstrual pain.
Ginger - Traditionally used to relieve pain and prostaglandin inflammation that cause menstrual pain and heavy blood loss. Drink it as a daily tea, or cook with it in its fresh form or powdered form.
Supplementation for Heavy Bleeding
Vitamin A - Studies have shown 60,000 IU of Vitamin A supplementation reduced heavy bleeding in 35 days.
Vitamin B Complex - The liver desperately needs B vitamins to break down estrogen. Low B vitamins lead to poor liver function, high estrogen levels that lead to thicker uterine lining and heavy periods.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C along with bioflavonoids, help reduce heavy bleeding and helps iron absorption to naturally treat and prevent anemia. High levels, 2,000-4000 mg per day are recommended.
Nutrition, lifestyle factors and of course stress play major roles in our lives. Poor diet, hidden food sensitivities and blood sugar instability all contribute to the hormonal imbalances that we band-aid with NSAIDs and birth control. Look into proper testing and ways to manage these parts of your life.
You can manage periods, treat fibroids and cysts successfully without waiting for them to interfere with your life any further. It may not feel like it to you today, but once you have the right information on how your body works, you can start making the changes you need to heal.
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