Heavy bleeding does not necessarily mean there is anything seriously wrong, but it can affect a woman physically, emotionally and socially, and can cause disruption to everyday life. So how to stop menstrual pain and excessive bleeding during periods? Try some of our natural remedies to stop menstrual pain and excessive bleeding.
As per CDC , possible causes of excessive bleeding and menstrual pain fall into the following three areas:
- Uterine-related problems
- Growths or tumors of the uterus that are not cancer; these can be called uterine fibroids or polyps.
- Cancer of the uterus or cervix.
- Certain types of birth control—for example, an intrauterine device (IUD).
- Problems related to pregnancy, such as a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, can cause abnormal bleeding. A miscarriage is when an unborn baby (also called a fetus) dies in the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy is when a baby starts to grow outside the womb (uterus), which is not safe.
- Hormone-related problems
Researchers say that during the normal menstrual cycle, immediately after ovulation, levels of both estrogen and progesterone rise and they continue to rise until menstruation. The progesterone acts as an estrogen antagonist. It keeps estrogen levels from going too high. But progesterone stores can be depleted by stress, emotional, dietary or environmental. Stress, as we’ve seen, causes progesterone to be converted to cortisol. Without enough progesterone, estrogen levels get too high. Excess estrogen can then produce symptoms associated with PMS, including salt and fluid retention, low blood sugar, blood clotting, breast tenderness, thyroid problems, and weight gain. These physical imbalances produce the mood swings and other psychological effects that women associate with PMS. Progesterone can correct them by normalizing estrogen levels.
- Other illnesses or disorders
In addition, certain drugs, such as aspirin, can cause increased bleeding. Doctors have not been able to find the cause in half of all women who have this problem. If you have bleeding such as this, and your gynecologist has not found any problems during your routine visit, you should be tested for a bleeding disorder.
How to stop menstrual pain and excessive bleeding
In some cases, heavy periods do not need to be treated, as they can be a natural variation and may not disrupt your lifestyle. If treatment is necessary, you can try these natural menstrual pain and excessive bleeding remedies.
Cinnamon is a superb styptic (anti-bleeding agent) and antihemorrhageal. It is recommended for excessive menstrual and gastrointestinal bleeding. You can make cinnamon tea at home by boiling few pieces of cinnamon bark in a cup of water. Take cinnamon tea three times a day.
Cod liver oil
higher doses of cod liver oil might help if you are suffering from menstrual pain and excessive bleeding. Start with 30,000 IUs and then go up to as high as 90,000 IUs per day. After few days bleeding will get normal.
For premenstrual bloating, dandelion tea helps the body eliminate excess water. To make the tea, add one teaspoon of dandelion (either the root or the whole herb) to one cup of boiling water. Let steep for five minutes, then strain and allow to cool. Drink a cup of the tea two or three times a day.
Note: Women who are taking diuretics—for high blood pressure, for example—should not drink dandelion tea. And lf you have gallbladder disease, you should not use: dandelion without your doctor’s advice.
Enzyme rich foods
Eat enzyme rich foods on an empty stomach throughout the day — organic bean sprouts, alfalfa spouts, or any sprouts in your area would do. You should also eat fresh fruit (all of the “berries”, pineapple, etc.) on an empty stomach. Its recommended to eat either organic sprouts or fresh fruit first thing in the morning.
One nutrient that seems to be very effective in treating menorrhagia is vitamin A. One study showed that 25,000 IU of vitamin A taken twice a day for 15 days brought about a significant reduction of menstrual flow in more than 90 per cent of women. Start with the dose recommended on the label of the bottle and gradually increase it to 25,000 IUs for 15 days, and follow this with a maintenance dose of 10,000IU per day.
Please note that vitamin A in doses of more than 10,000IU per day should not be used in women who are pregnant or are planning pregnancy.
Mediterranean diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meat has a big effect on their monthly flow. The Mediterranean diet is low in sodium, saturated fat, and processed carbs, all of which cause the body to retain water and bloat up, so eating this way should help with other PMS issues as well. Eat mostly fruits and vegetables, beans and other legumes, olive oil, and whole grains like quinoa and farrow and eat dairy products, eggs and meat in moderation.
Potassium rich food
Having low levels of potassium in your body can lead to irregular, heavy periods, in addition to more painful cramping and other symptoms. During your entire cycle, and especially in the weeks leading up to your period, choose foods packed with potassium to help regulate your flow. Bananas, sweet potatoes, lentils, yogurt, salmon, and raisins are all high in potassium. Boiling food depletes potassium. Steam or bake potassium-rich foods to get the full benefits.
Mineral iron is a useful nutrient in treating menorrhagia. It is well known that iron deficiency is a common consequence of menorrhagia. However, what is less well-known is that iron can also be used to treat menorrhagia. Iron appears to help blood vessels contract, which is important if the body is to bring an end to the bleeding from the womb. The best way to have the level of iron in the body checked is with a blood test called ‘ferritin’. If this is low, iron therapy may well help reduce the weight of your periods. You should take 100-200 mg of iron a day, until the ferritin level returns to normal.
To help reduce the pain associated with the periods, it is recommended to take additional magnesium because this nutrient can help to relax the muscle of the womb and prevent cramping. You should take 250-350 mg of magnesium each day.
To help reduce the heaviness of the period, you might also try the herb Agnus Castus. This may help to regulate any hormone imbalance which might be contributing to the problem. You should take 40 drops of Agnus castus tincture each morning for several months
Eat beta carotene rich foods like peaches, sweet potatoes, and carrot juice, with apples, ginger, and pumpkin pie spice.
Not only the number of days will decrease, but the flow will be also manageable. As mentioned above Vitamin A is helpful, but not to over do it since it is fat soluble. The body converts beta carotene into its own safe Vitamin A, in which case you can eat all the peaches and orange, red veggies, fruits that you like.
Raspberry leaf tea
Raspberry leaf tea, which you can get from a whole food store, is supposed to help, along with the other ‘women’s herbs’ like chaste berries.
Self-help suggestions for managing abnormal uterine bleeding
Suggestions for managing abnormal uterine bleeding include:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Practice stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
- If you are an athlete, cut back on prolonged or intense exercise routines. Excessive sports activities can cause irregular periods.
- Avoid aspirin, since this is an anticoagulant and may contribute to excessive bleeding.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising moderately and eating low-fat foods. If you have to lose weight, do so gradually instead of turning to diets that drastically limit your calorie and food intake.
- Take iron supplements to prevent anemia.