Menstrual problems affect an estimated 50 percent of all women in the United States between the age when puberty begins and menopause starts. Menstrual problems refer to any irregularities in the normal menstrual cycle, which can include a wide range of symptoms.
Types of Menstrual Problems
There are three major kinds of menstrual problems: absence of menstruation, known as amenorrhea, excessive menstruation, known as menorrhea, and painful menstrual cramps, known as dysmenorrhea.
Amenorrhea: Amenorrhea is characterized by a stoppage of menstruation or a failure of the menstrual cycle to begin once a woman has reached the age of 16 that is not due to pregnancy or menopause. A diagnosis of amenorrhea is usually not given until three or more months have passed without a woman having her period.
Dysmenorrhea: Dysmenorrhea is the most common type of menstrual problem, with the widest range of symptoms. Symptoms include pain and cramping during the menstruation cycle, abdominal pain, low back pain, pain in the inner thighs, spasmodic pain, bloating, breast tenderness, weight gain, headaches, anxiety, and mood swings.
Menorrhagia: Menorrhagia is characterized by excessively heavy blood flow during a woman’s period and/or periods that last longer than usual.
The primary causes of menstrual problems are hormonal imbalances (diminished levels of progesterone, and especially excessive levels of estrogen and prostaglandins, which are fatty acids that act like hormones in the body), nutritional imbalances, poor diet, stress, and, in many cases, the unwarranted belief by women that menstruation is somehow unnatural and revolting. Such a belief is primarily due to social conditioning and completely false, since menstruation is in fact a vital and natural part of every healthy woman’s life cycle and evidence of her innate feminine power.
Contributing factors for amenorrhea include poor function of the ovaries and pituitary glands, drained adrenal glands, hypothyroidism, extreme emotional anxiety or stress, calorie-restricted diets, and excessive exercise and/or physical activity. Menorrhagia can be caused by hypothyroidism as well as the use of intrauterine devices (devices designed to be used inside the womb) and abnormalities in the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium).
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Quick Action Plan for Menstrual Problems
- A healthy diet is vitally important for preventing and managing menstrual problems. Avoid all sugars, refined carbohydrates, sodas, processed foods, preservatives, artificial sweeteners (especially aspartame), corn syrup, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, white bread and white flour products, pastries, red meats, saturated fats, and hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, emphasizing organic foods, including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, and (sparingly) organic, free-range poultry and wild-caught fish.
- For amenorrhea increase your daily food intake by 500 calories for one month, especially if you exercise for extended amounts of time.
- For menorrhagia minimize carbohydrate consumption and eat only complex carbohydrates, limiting carbohydrate intake to one meal per day.
- Mackerel, salmon, and trout, are excellent foods for menstrual cramps.
- Helpful nutrients include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin C, flavonoids, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, omega-3 oils, evening primrose oil, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
- For mennorrhagia, mixed bioflavonoids and, in some cases, iron can also be helpful.
- Applying natural progesterone cream twice a day (half a teaspoon per application) two to three weeks before your menstrual cycle can help to relieve and possibly prevent symptoms.
- Warm castor oil packs placed on the lower abdominal region for one hour three to five days a week, beginning two weeks before menstruation, can also be helpful.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Avoid all commercial, processed, fried, and nonorganic food, as well as alcohol, coffee, caffeine, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, wheat and wheat products, and refined carbohydrates. Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Instead choose from virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, and unrefined hemp seed, walnut, and sunflower oils.
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Stress is estimated to be a primary contributing factor in over 95 percent of all disease conditions, and is especially responsible for increased susceptibility to the common cold and flu. When you are experiencing stress, your body releases hormones that cause your thymus gland to shrink. Since the thymus gland helps to maintain a strong immune system, as it shrinks, your immunity is lessened, thus increasing your risk of cold and flu viral infection. Among the most common causes of stress are anger, anxiety, depression, divorce, the death of a loved one, fear, job loss or a new job, moving to a new location, and nervousness. Lack of or fitful sleep is also a major source of stress. When you fail to get enough healthy sleep, your body’s natural killer (NK) cells, a vital part of your immune system, can be impaired, making it easier for invading viruses and other pathogens to escape being attacked and destroyed. We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Meditation has been proven to help alleviate menstrual problems
Red raspberries and the ayurvedic herbal formulas shatavari and manjistha taken together in equal amounts are recommended for women who suffer from mennorhagia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Both acupuncture and Chinese herbals remedies have proven effective in treating menstrual problems but for a tailor-made diagnosis we recommend you consult a licensed practitioner.
Herbs recommended for menstrual cramps include:
- Dong Gui (Chinese Angelica or Angelica Sinensis) – used to regulate the menstrual cycle and relieve menstrual cramps. It also helps to relieve menopausal symptoms, reduce PMS and anemia and to re-establish a menstrual cycle after cessation of birth control pills.
- Chuan Xiong (Chuanxiong Rhizoma) – improves blood circulation and promotes the flow of “qi” or vital energy. Chinese women, dating back to the Song Dynasty, used to take this Chinese herb in the form of soup. The soup is called a Four Substance Decoction and includes three other herbs: angelica, red peony and Chinese foxglove. The soup and tea are still used today as a blood tonic to relieve PMS, stop menstrual pain and improve overall health, especially after giving birth.
- Bai Shao (White Peony Root) – nourishes the blood and improves circulation. It is also used for a wide variety of gynecological problems. It helps to inhibi the excessive synthesis of prostaglandins that may cause an over-active uterus and endometrial pain.
- Yi Mu Cao (Chinese Motherwort) – leaves from this herb are used to treat menstrual problems. They have been shown to improve blood circulation and clear blood clots that occur in menstrual disorders and after childbirth. The leaves also promote diuresis and relieve edema.
- Yan Hu Suo (Corydalis Rhizome) – strengthens blood circulation and relieves pain
Oils with antispasmodic properties are best. Traditionally aniseed, clary sage, juniper berry, jasmine absolute, Roman chamomile, sweet fennel, sweet marjoram, peppermint, rose absolut or otto, and rosemary have been used. Sage and lavender are also recommended.
The oils can be dropped into a warm bath (up to 10 drops each of up to 3 oils), added to a carrier oil (up to 7 drops) and massaged on the abdomen, or a compress can be made using a cloth soaked in warm water with the opils added.
For menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), the homeopathic remedies Chamomila, Lachesis, and Sepia can all be used to relieve symptoms.
Homeopathic remedies for treating amenorrhea include Aconite napellus, Calcarea carbonica, Ferrum phos., Kali sulphuricum, Natrum muriaticum, and Sepia.
China, Crocus sativus, Sabina, and Secale cornutum are all recommended for menorrhagia.
For menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), a combination of black cohosh, blackhaw, and skullcap in equal amounts, taken as a tincture can help relieve symptoms. Dandelion leaf tea can also be used to relieve water retention and bloating. Other helpful herbs for dysmenorrhea include chamomile, chastetree berry, cramp bark, ginger, ginkgo biloba, hops, red raspberry leaf, and white willow bark.
For amenorrhea, useful herbs include blue cohosh, chasteberry, false unicorn root, pennyroyal, rue, and tansy.
Lady’s mantle, partridge berry, and yarrow are recommended for menorrhagia.
Juice Therapy: Fresh squeezed blueberry and huckleberry juice can help to ease menstrual cramps.
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy: Applying natural progesterone cream to your breasts and wrists twice a day (half a teaspoon per application) two to three weeks before your menstrual cycle begins can relieve symptoms of menorrhagia, and in many cases cause symptoms to disappear altogether after three or more months.
Topical Treatment: Warm castor oil packs placed on the lower abdominal region for one hour three to five days a week, beginning two weeks before menstruation and lasting throughout menstruation, can often provide significant relief of menstruation problems.
Hot water bottles or heating pads placed on the abdomen during cramping can also help.
Reiki – this has proven extremely beneficial in helping women with menstrual problems. Find a Doctor
Alternative Professional Care
The following professional care therapies are also effective for preventing and treating menstrual problems: Acupuncture, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork and Massage, Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Qigong, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Yoga. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Diet and menstrual problems: www.naturalnews.com/019419_premenstrual_syndrome_womens_health.html
Meditation for menstrual problems: www.naturalnews.com/035061_meditation_treatment_mental_illness.html
Ayurveda home remedies for menstrual problems: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEgonMRbco
Vitamin B can help alleviate menstrual problems: www.naturalnews.com/016208_prenatal_nutrition_folic_acid.html
Vitamin D can help menstrual cramping: www.naturalnews.com/035114_vitamin_D_mega-dose_menstrual_cramps.html
Further Information (links and books)
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment, Valerie Ann Worwood; Pain-Free Periods: Natural Ways to Overcome Menstrual Problems (Women’s Health) by Stella Weller ; Women, Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle: Herbal & Medical Solutions from Adolescence to Menopause (Herbal and Medical Solutions) by Ruth Trickey;
Dr .Dale email@example.com – Hormones, HRT, tumours
Jennifer Stone firstname.lastname@example.org – Women’s issues, chronic pain, cancer.
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – Meditation, stress
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Kath May email@example.com – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.