Heavy Menstrual Bleeding or Menorrhagia
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Mary Ann
Posted on: September 15, 2006

I have been bleeding really heavily for a few weeks. In 2004 it lasted nine months non stop.

A. I realize that it can be thyroid related --- I’ve been painting 5% iodine on the soft spot - bottom of my feet at night to monitor the absorption rate (for a couple ofmonths). Twenty five years of computer work is hard on the thyroid. I realize this can affect the rate of bleeding or so I’ve read ...

B. Not taking phytoestrogens regularly ...

C. Horsetail worked for me on the nine month experience and am still drinking it regularly as it helps with my breath alot. My maternal Grandmother had TB and it’s impact on future generations has been dramatic.

Any suggestions are greatly, greatly appreciated.

Menorrhagia is abnormally long or heavy menstrual periods. There are many possible causes, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, endometrial polyps, missed ovulation, hormonal imbalance, poor pelvic circulation, and failure of the blood to coagulate. The cause must be determined and addressed in order to effect a long term solution. I recommend that you visit your medical doctor, endocrinologist and/ or a natural practitioner experienced in women’s menstrual problems and endocrinology, to sort out the possible causes and treatments.

Often, the cause is a hormone imbalance, including the thyroid hormones. A thyroid hormone imbalance can be an indicator of other hormone imbalances, so cannot be remedied by working with the thyroid alone. It is very important to work with the whole picture when trying to balance hormones. Diet is an important factor in hormone regulation. It is important that you look for health practitioners who will include a holistic assessment and treatment plan.

Horsetail has a high mineral content, causing strain on the kidney. It should not be taken for more than 4 weeks, with at least a one weak break before starting it again. Other herbs that you can use while working on the root cause of the problem are shepherd’s purse, raspberry leaves and lady’s mantle.

Vitamin K promotes blood coagulation, or blood clotting. It is synthesized in the digestive tract from sources like liver, eggs, broccoli and spinach. Acidophilus, other probiotics that include acidophilus, or natural yogurt with active bacterial culture, promote the formation of vitamin K.

Consider a herbal iron supplement such as Floradix for heavy blood loss.

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