Is There a Natural Cure for Menorrhagia?

Menorrhagia is defined as prolonged or excessive menstruation that occurs at regular times each month with a blood loss of more than 80 ml per menstrual period, and may prolong the bleeding for more than 7 days.ID-10075996

The causes of menorrhagia include uterine fibroids, polyps, trauma, infection, hormonal disorders, and other illness like cancer. The term Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) is defined as excessive uterine bleeding that occurs in the absence of any underlying medical cause or any abnormality. DUB can be with or without ovulation.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common sign of menorrhagia is soaking of more than one sanitary pads every hour. Other symptoms are as follows –

  • Bleeding for a week or longer
  • Need to use extra sanitary protection to control the menstrual flow
  • Need to wake up at night to change the sanitary protection
  • Passing large blood clots
  • Restrict daily activities due to heavy flow
  • Tiredness, fatigue and short of breath

Dietary suggestion in the treatment of menorrhagia

Dietary changes help to improve the condition such as consuming food rich in vegetables, vitamin C rich fruits, legumes, whole grains, fish, iron rich food like wheat germ, etc. Avoid eating saturated animal fats like beef, chicken, etc. Also avoid alcohol which may increase the inflammation and pain too.

There are many natural supplements which help to reduce the flow such as –

  • Iron – heavy blood flow during menstruation leads to iron deficiency anaemia. Therefore it is very important to take iron rich food and supplements to access the iron deficiency anaemia and also indirectly the menorrhagia.
  • Vitamin C – vitamin C enhances the capillary integrity and also reduces the heavy blood flow. It also helps in the absorption of the iron.
  • Vitamin A – According to the studies it is found that Vitamin A has a role with the oestrogen. It has also seen that vitamin A deficiency impairs the hormone production and enzyme activity in the ovaries. Therefore Vitamin A rich food consumption is important to treat the menorrhagia naturally. Foods like carrot, green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, etc.
  • Ginger – studies have shown that ginger inhibits the enzyme activity related to altered prostaglandin which causes menorrhagia. So it plays a good role in treating the menorrhagia naturally.
  • Other herbs like cinnamon, yarrow also help in menorrhagia cases.
  • Vitex agnus castus – this is a well-known herb for balancing the hormone level in all women. It helps to change the ratio of progesterone and oestrogen which helps to reduce the menstrual flow. This herb may take 4 to 6 months to take effect.

Menorrhagia can be treated by following the above dietary suggestions. However in case of severe condition, one must not rely only on them but consult health professionals also for getting relief.

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