Excessive menstrual bleeding, medically referred to as menorrhagia, is an abnormal condition that is characterized by unusual heavy bleeding usually over a long period of time. It is important to mention that while heavy menses are common among women who are pre-menopausal, many of these cases do not lead to severe blood loss as defined above.
One of the key signs that one is experiencing excessive menstrual bleeding is soaking through multiple sanitary towels or tampons every hour for many consecutive hours in a day or two. For some women, the bleeding is so heavy it requires double sanitary protection to manage the flow.
Other symptoms of the condition include waking up severally during the night to change soaked sanitary towels, bleeding that lasts more than seven days as well as the passing of blood clots in menses multiple times daily. As a result of these signs and symptoms, most affected women are unable to carry on with their daily activities.
Other accompanying symptoms include immense fatigue after a brief task, shortness of breath, dizziness, anaemia due to the loss of blood and in some cases, fainting. One of the causes of excessive menstrual bleeding is hormonal changes in the body. When the normal balance of hormones is disrupted, whether due to life stages of the use of certain family planning methods, a woman is predisposed to these heavy bleeding. It is critical that affected women get medical attention to diagnose any underlying conditions. In addition to these treatment options, there are natural home remedies available for the management of this condition.
1. Ice Pack:
Time Required: 20-30 Min
What You Need: A handful of ice cubes and a clean towel.
An ice pack comes in handy for the natural treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding. This is because, for the most part, this condition is often accompanied by intense muscle cramping in the lower abdomen. The use of ice cubes to prepare the pack helps with managing the pain in the lower abdominal region. The low temperatures in the pack allow for blood vessels to constrict on application, and this reduces the flow of blood. The pack also has the advantage of reducing the muscular pain and cramping that accompanies excessive menstrual bleeding.
NOTE: Regardless of the intensity of pain or excessive bleeding, it is advisable not to apply the ice directly on the skin as this could cause frostbites to develop.
- Place a handful of the cubes on a clean towel and tie the ends properly so that you have a pack of sorts. You may use a string for this purpose.
- Lie flat facing upwards and place the pack on your abdomen.
- Move the pack in gentle motions for about 15 to 20 minutes and try to relax to ease the pain.
- Repeat this as often as need be, or in hourly intervals for as long as the symptoms continue to manifest.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 glass of warm water.
It is thought that one of the causes of excessive menstrual bleeding is hormonal disruption in the body. With this in mind, apple cider vinegar (abbreviated ACV) may come in handy as a home remedy. It functions as a tonic that helps get rid of toxins from the body. Through detoxification, this remedy seeks to maintain a balance in the body’s hormonal levels. It is thought that ACV may also be helpful in easing the cramping and headache that accompanies excessive menstrual bleeding. You will need to dilute the ACV with water before using.
- Place 1 tablespoon of the ACV in a glass of water and stir to mix well.
- Drink this remedy thrice daily to manage the condition.
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 glass of hot water and 1 tablespoon of honey. Cinnamon bark tincture, Cinnamon essential oil and water are optional.
Prepare cinnamon tea and tap the health benefits of using cinnamon as a herbal remedy for the management of excessive menstrual bleeding. This herb has warming properties that make it ideal for dealing with conditions that affect the female reproductive system. Cinnamon stimulates the flow of blood away from the uterus and also helps reduce the pain and inflammation that manifests through cramping. This herb is also a potent antispasmodic which helps provide relief from the cramps. you may use this remedy during your period too. There are different ways of using cinnamon as outlined in the directions below.
- Place the cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water and let it steep for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the honey and drink the herbal tea twice daily.
- The other option is to use cinnamon bark tincture. Simply take 2 drops of the tincture twice daily.
- Lastly, you may opt to use cinnamon essential oil or the same effects.
- Place about 20 drops of the oil in half a cup of warm water and drink thrice daily.
4. Comfrey Herb:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of comfrey leaves and 1 cup of hot water.
Go the herbal way and use comfrey leaves for the natural treatment of the symptoms that accompany excessive menstrual bleeding. Comfrey is recommended because it assists the body regulate the extremely heavy flow. Additionally, it also allows for the constriction of blood vessels which consequently reduces the heavy bleeding. You will prepare a cup of herbal tea using the herb by following the simple steps outlined below.
- Place the comfrey leaves in a cup of steaming hot water.
- Cover the cup and allow the remedy steeping for 15-20 minutes. This is a key step in the preparation process because it allows the leaves to release the active ingredients with healing properties into the tea.
- Once the leaves have steeped, strain the tea and take a cup daily particularly on days when the bleeding is heaviest.
5. Increased Iron Intake:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Foods rich in iron.
Iron is one of the most important minerals in the body, and especially for women who suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding. As expected, the condition causes a lot of blood loss. Left unchecked, this may lead to iron-deficiency anemia where the body has low levels of blood as a result. To counter this, it is important to make dietary changes that will assist the body produce enough iron to make the red blood cells.
One of the best ways to do this, alongside the use of iron supplements, is to increase one’s intake of foods rich in iron. Additionally, women who suffer this condition are advised to increase their intake of Vitamin C. This is because Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron from the gut, and makes it readily available for the production of red blood cells.
Tips on Increasing Iron intake in the Body
- Increase the amount of iron-rich foods in your diet. These foods include dark green leafy vegetables, liver, red meat (preferably lean), raisins and pumpkin seeds. Cereals fortified with iron are also an excellent option, and may be taken during breakfast or as a snack.
- The other option is to take iron supplements and follow the provided dosage. There is a point of caution however, as this should only be done after consulting a doctor to prevent adverse reactions in case of any medication prescribed prior to the supplements.
- The third tip on increasing iron amounts in the body is to take foods that are rich in Vitamin C to improve absorption of dietary iron from the gut. Vitamin-C rich foods include oranges, brussel sprouts, spinach as well as limes and lemons, both in the citrus family.
6. Cayenne Powder:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/2 A teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder, 1 glass of warm water and some honey.
Cayenne powder has a number of benefits when used for the management of the symptoms that accompany excessive menstrual bleeding. Not only is the pepper able to maintain proper hormonal balance in the body, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory and this is effective in reducing the cramping pain. The pepper is rich in a compound known as capsaicin which is responsible for providing pain relief. Cayenne pepper has also been shown to aid in the flow of blood within the reproductive systems.
- Place half a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a glass of warm water and stir to aid in dissolution.
- Stir some honey into the mixture.
- Take this remedy thrice daily during the cycle.
- Cayenne supplements are also an option, but they should only be used after consulting a doctor to reduce the risk of adverse side effects.
7. Basil Leaves:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of basil leaves, 1 liter of hot water and a strainer.
Basil leaves are a great natural remedy for the management of the symptoms that accompany excessive menstrual bleeding. This is because they are rich in caffeic acid, one of the active ingredients that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. All that is needed for this simple remedy is basil leaves and hot water for herbal tea preparation. The leaves may also be used in food preparation for the same benefits.
- Place the basil leaves in the hot water and proceed to cover tightly.
- This will allow you to steep the leaves and release the caffeic acid.
- After about 20 minutes, strain the tea and take 1/2 a cup of it to counter the cramping pain.
- Basil leaves may also be added as a spice to an array of foods ranging from vegetables to meat dishes.
8. Increased Magnesium Intake:
Time Required: Varies depending on the preparation method
What You Need: Foods rich in Magnesium. Magnesium supplements may also be used.
Magnesium plays an integral role in the production of the female hormones, namely progesterone and estrogen. Magnesium helps maintain a delicate balance that prevents the hormones from disrupting normal body function. Additionally, low levels of Magnesium may trigger heavy bleeding during menses. As a general guide, increasing Magnesium intake helps manage the excessive bleeding. Listed below are some of the foods which are known to have a high concentration of Magnesium.
Foods Rich in Magnesium
- Excellent sources of Magnesium include dark chocolate, pumpkin, watermelon, oats as well as many nuts and seeds. Look out however, for any allergic reactions that the body may produce and avoid allergens.
- Magnesium supplements may also be used, but as is the case with any of the supplements recommended above, check with your doctor first before starting on any dosage.
9. Blackstrap Molasses:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, 1 cup of warm water, milk or lemongrass tea.
Blackstrap molasses are recommended as a natural home remedy for excessive menstrual bleeding. This is because they are extremely rich in iron which helps replenish the volume of lost blood as well as increase the amount of red blood cells produced. Another benefit of using the molasses is that they significantly reduce the amount of blood clots passed while soothing the uterine lining to provide relief from the pain. This is a simple remedy whose immense benefits make it an ideal choice.
- Place the blackstrap molasses in a cup of warm water, milk or lemongrass tea depending on your preference. Do not, however, mix the milk with the lemongrass tea.
- Stir the resulting mixture and drink once daily to ease the condition’s symptoms.
In addition to these home remedies, it helps to keep track of your menstrual flow as this helps you note when there are changes in your cycle. In line with this, always carry extra sanitary towels and/or tampons. Remember to exercise regularly as this is known to ease the cramping.Excellent exercises to take up include cycling, jogging and running. Lack of sleep may worsen these symptoms, so however you can, get adequate rest. Lastly, avoid lifting heavy weights as this is known to aggravate the symptoms.
Remember, if you have any concerns about excessive menstrual bleeding, or it has previously been linked to conditions of the reproductive system, it is important to let your doctor know what remedies you use.