Profuse Menstruation (Menorrhagia) Symptoms, Causes and Diet Remedy
Published By giftarist on 2011-05-04 1552 Views
Symptoms - Menstrual periods that are heavier than normal. There may be a dragging pain in the lower abdomen. Menstruation may also be irregular.
Causes - Some women have heavier flows than others. However, if the bleeding lasts longer than 7 days, cannot be controlled by napkins or tampons, or includes large blood clots, it is classed as menorrhagia.
General debility is a primary cause. The condition occurs more frequently in women with kidney or liver disease. Marital excess is another cause.
About 1 in 20 women have menorrhagia regularly. It is more common when approaching menopause.
This condition may be caused by uterine polyps or fibroids, or cancer of the uterus. It is also a well-known side effect of using an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD). A single, heavy period that is late may be due to a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. The cause may also be a hormonal disorder, such as hypothyroidism. The condition is more common in overweight women. If your periods have always been heavy, there may be no cause for concern. Yet there may be an underlying problem.
If not checked, profuse menstruation can lead to difficult urination, displaced womb, or leucorrhea. It can also produce iron deficiency anemia, causing lightheadedness and fatigue.
Eat plenty of leafy greens, plus trace minerals (Nova Scotia dulse or Norwegian kelp), to help regulate metabolism.
Eat omega-3 rich foods; the best is flaxseed oil (2 tablespoons daily. Eat garlic for natural sulphur.
Heavy blood loss can lead to iron (simple) anemia. Iron deficiency can both result from, and induce, menorrhagia. Take 1-2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses daily. Do not take extra iron during pregnancy. This is a must.
Studies revealed that, taking 25,000 IU of vitamin A twice a day for 15 days, showed significant improvement, even to complete normalization of blood loss. But women who are, or could, become pregnant must not take more than 10,000 IU (3,000 mcg) per day. Birth defects could result from taking more.
Vitamin E (100 IU daily for 2 weeks) was found to reduce excessive blood loss caused by the IUD (intrauterine device).
Vitamin C and bioflavonoids protect capillaries (small blood vessels) from damage. In one study, 14 of 16 women improved when given 200 mg vitamin C and 200 mg bioflavonoids.
Add a few grains of cayenne to any herbal tea of your choice. Cayenne is able to powerfully regulate bleeding, internally and externally, and may help the menstrual flow.
Drink diluted lemon juice throughout the menstrual period. It will slightly help reduce the flow.
Restrict intake of animal products. Reduce fried and saturated fatty foods, sugars, and high cholesterol foods. Avoid caffeine foods, tobacco, and liquor.