Heavy period bleeding can be one of the most debilitating symptoms you can experience.
The pain, the inconvenience, and the boxes of pads and tampons to go through each month.
There are a few ways it might show up for you:
1. A normal (5-7 day) length bleed with a super heavy flow that causes you to bleed through everything and ends up in you changing your pads/tampons every 2nd hour!
2. Extended bleeding for 2-3 weeks out of the month or more
3. Frequent bleeding – 4 or more days at a time, twice per month
4. Heavy clotting
Often times these are associated with anemia and fatigue, which can make it feel like a drag to get through the day.
What’s the underlying cause?
There are 3 main reasons heavy bleeding can develop:
When your estrogen levels are high, the lining of your uterus can become thicker. Estrogen can also be much higher relative to progesterone, which is the hormone that will keep your uterine lining intact for a longer period of time. Excess estrogen occurs when diet contains estrogen rich foods and when your liver is not able to keep up with detoxification. his happens as the result of the foods we eat, the products we use, stress, poor sleep, and other environmental factors. It can be very hard to completely avoid estrogen excess, because we are surrounded by endocrine disruptors – in everything from our furniture to nail varnish!
Examples of some treatments for oestrogen dominance
The reason you have may not heard about this from your doctor and she has probably never diagnosed you with “oestrogen dominance,” despite your symptoms, is that there’s really only one treatment provided by an OB/GYN for all of the health issues I mentioned above and that’s the Birth Control Pill.
When you visit an OB/GYN they tend to only be able to tell you what you already know – that you have certain symptoms and you don’t feel good as a result. They don’t often tell you exactly why you’re experiencing these symptoms. And the how to deal with the symptoms is always the birth control pill.
Of course, the path to you getting better begins with understanding why this is happening in your body. Even if you now know (or you’ve long known) that you have estrogen dominance, the most helpful part of naming the problem is knowing that you now need to take immediate action to address the root causes. Addressing the root causes is the key to moving past symptoms and feeling better. And the birth control pill does not address the root causes. It is only a band-aid for those symptoms – it may help to stop some symptoms or manage them some of the time, but when you eventually come off it will leave you even more sensitive to excess estrogen, setting you up to experience the same problems and potentially at worsened levels.
2-Lack of uterine tone.
Both a sedentary lifestyle and pregnancy can cause the uterus to lose its tone. While this is a physical issue, it is also influenced by the quality of nutrients you are getting through your diet
One of the signs that your thyroid might be slow is excess bleeding. If you also notice you have a lack of appetite, are gaining weight, feel cold most of the time, and are fatigued easily, there’s a good chance your thyroid function is below the normal range. Click here to learn about the testing you NEED TO DEMAND from your healthcare provider to FULLY RULE OUT a Thyroid Issue.
With any of these causes, there is an essential, proactive approach you must take if you want a lasting solution.
Some things you can do:
To eliminate heavy bleeding for good, you must look at the larger picture of balancing hormones. Your diet and lifestyle are the most essential factors in this picture, since how you eat and how you live have a direct effect on your hormonal balance. In each of the 3 underlying causes listed above, you can see how there is a direct influence from food and daily practices.
A solid foundation with your diet and lifestyle can help eliminate excess estrogen, restore proper thyroid function, and rebuild uterine health, thereby banishing frustrating symptoms like heavy bleeding.
Consider taking supplements! Taking supplements means exactly what the word implies: a supplemental addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If you’re experiencing heavy periods, here’s one supplement according to Dr Alissa Vitti you could start taking that will help heal the issue alongside other dietary changes:
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids – 2,000-4,000 mg/day – has an anti-estrogenic effect on the uterus. A study showed that vitamin C was able to reduce heavy bleeding in 87% of women who participated. Bioflavonoids were also shown to strengthen the vessel walls of the capillaries, further reducing the bleeding. *
One of my favourite supplements to support Oestrogen Balance is DIM (diindolylmethane) A vegetable extracts from the Brassica family (which includes broccoli and cabbage) help maintain safe oestrogen levels by aiding the conversion of dangerous oestrogen fractions to more favorable metabolites and by promoting restoration of healthy hormone ratios. DIM may also be helpful in reducing the occasional symptoms associated with a woman’s monthly cycle, such as bloating and breast tenderness due to excess oestrogen buildup. DIM is available here at Inner Balance.
Of course any supplement is only a part of the bigger picture of diet and lifestyle. To create sustained healing and a balanced period, you need to address several factors including oestrogen overload, progesterone levels, cortisol levels, elimination and blood sugar stability.
To find out your specific needs and the best plan for you, please get in touch and we can discuss.
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