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 - ahh! Some women suffer from heavy periods all their lives, others get it more intensely after pregnancy or develop it during perimenopause.
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
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:
Estrogen overload. 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.
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.
Hypothyroidism. 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.
With any of these causes, there is an essential, proactive approach you must take if you want a lasting solution.
What 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.
Our 5-step protocol is designed to help you create a solid foundation with your diet and lifestyle so that you can eliminate excess estrogen, restore proper thyroid function, and rebuild uterine health, thereby banishing frustrating symptoms like heavy bleeding.
So where do supplements come in?
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 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. *
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 estrogen overload, progesterone levels, cortisol levels, elimination and blood sugar stability.
In my webinar, Troubleshoot Your Period Problems, I break it all down for you into easy-to-apply action steps that will get you from feeling weighed down by your period to flo-ing freely all month long! I'll cover:
- The most common period problems and how to self-diagnose: PMS, heavy bleeding, irregular or missing periods, etc.
- Exactly what signs and symptoms to be aware of – and which ones indicate something more serious
- The steps to take to address them all from the underlying causes
Love to your period,
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*(J. Cohen H. Rubin “Functional Menorrhagia: treatment with bioflavonoids and vitamin C. Curr Therap Res 1960: 2(11:539)