There is a Solution to Heavy Monthly Cycles That Take Over Your Life
Menstrual Changes: Heavy Bleeding and Spotting
There are two types of problems experienced by menstruating women – heavy periods and breakthrough bleeding or spotting in between periods. All women wonder if their menstrual changes are normal.
Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods in which bleeding is abnormally heavy or prolonged.
Are You Sure it’s Heavy Bleeding?
- It is heavy if nine to 12 regular-sized sanitary products are soaked in a period.
- If there is a need to get up several times during the night to change pads because of bleeding too much, that’s also considered heavy bleeding.
- With menorrhagia, every period causes enough blood loss and cramping, that normal activities cannot be maintained.
It is all about balance!
Heavy flow is strongly associated with higher estrogen levels and lower progesterone levels.
Heavy flow is most common in the teens and in perimenopause—both are times when estrogen levels tend to be higher and progesterone levels to be lower. In other words, the hormones are out of balance and fluctuating more often in this group of women.
NOTE: Although heavy menstrual bleeding is a common concern among this age group, most women don’t experience blood loss severe enough to be defined as menorrhagia.
What about Breakthrough Bleeding?
Mid cycle bleeding can range from slight spotting to flooding. This is experienced by women who have lower levels of progesterone and often fluctuating estrogen levels.
Progesterone is made by the ovaries after ovulation. However, even with regular periods, ovulation is may not be taking place! The lining of the uterus or endometrium sheds during every period. Estrogen’s job is to make the endometrium thicker (and more likely to shed) and progesterone makes it thinner by causing the shedding. Therefore it is likely that heavy flow and breakthrough bleeding are both caused by too much estrogen or fluctuating estrogen and too little progesterone.
SOLUTION to heavy and breakthrough bleeding:
- Evaluate Estrogen and Progesterone Levels and possibly testosterone levels with a 3-panel saliva test kit. At the end of 6 months on the program below re-test.
- Restore missing progesterone – if saliva testing reveals an imbalance then begin Progesterone therapy using a bio-identical cream if progesterone stores are low as shown on the saliva test results. This will re-regulate the cycle and stop the excessive bleeding.
- Supplement with an estrogen modulator such as I3C found in DailyMaxx and Vitamin K, found in dark green leafy vegetables, is necessary for the synthesis of at least two proteins involved in blood clotting – also found in DailyMaxx
- Vitamin C is required for the production and maintenance of collagen which is the supporting material of capillaries. Weak capillaries are believed to be a cause in some cases of a heavy period. In one study vitamin C (200mg three times a day) was given to 16 women. 14 of the 16 women had reduced bleeding…
- Address blood loss with extra fluid and salt – when experiencing dizziness or heart pounding when you get up from lying down it is evidence that the amount of blood volume is too low. To help that, drink more -at least four to six cups (1-1.5 litre) and increase the salty fluids consumed.
- Address Low Iron One of the consequences of heavy flow is loss of iron that is needed for hemoglobin to carry oxygen in red blood cells—low iron levels cause anemia. Obtaining a non-constipating iron supplement is sometimes warranted.
At present more than 50% of North American women with very heavy flow end up with a hysterectomy!
It is important to know that heavy bleeding and mid-cycle bleeding can be corrected by balancing the hormones estrogen and progesterone and possibly avoid surgery.