Last Modified on Jul 01, 2015
Treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding often focuses on boosting nutrient intake to support the body’s natural processes. Nutritional supplements offer relief not only from heavy bleeding but also from cramping, missed periods and other menstruation concerns. A balanced, active lifestyle can also help treat menstrual issues.
What is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding?
Heavy menstrual bleeding, otherwise known as menorrhagia, is a condition in which a woman experiences abnormally heavy or prolonged bleeding. While menstrual bleeding is common, menorrhagia is characterized by such heavy blood loss and cramping that an individual is unable to maintain normal daily activities.
While menstrual bleeding varies for most women, heavy menstrual bleeding can be characterized by specific symptoms. Soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons in an hour, needing to use twice the recommended amount of sanitary protection and needing to change sanitary protection during the night typically constitute abnormally heavy flow. Additional symptoms include bleeding for a week or longer, passing large blood clots, not completing daily activities and experiencing symptoms of anemia.
A number of factors may contribute to menorrhagia. Hormonal imbalance, dysfunction of the ovaries, uterine fibroids, polyps, adnomyosis, an intrauterine device, complications of pregnancy, cancer, genetic bleeding disorders and medication may contribute to heavy menstrual bleeding.
Home Remedies for Menorrhagia
While treatment of heavy bleeding is often dependent on several factors, many home remedies offer relief from the condition. Three of the most effective natural treatment options include blackstrap molasses, apple cider vinegar and cayenne. These components deliver vital nutrients for regulating the menstrual cycle and limiting blood flow.
A so-called superfood, blackstrap molasses delivers an extremely high amount of nutrients. One of these nutrients is iron, which can effectively treat symptoms of anemia. Iron aids in the process of creating red blood cells and may help regulate the amount of blood lost during menstruation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Taking apple cider as a tonic helps reduce bleeding in most women almost immediately. Apple cider vinegar flushes toxins out of the body and naturally dissolves issues causing heavy menstrual bleeding.
Cayenne has an innate ability to balance the blood flow in the body. One capsule of cayenne dissolved in a cup of warm water quickly balances blood loss and relieves symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding.
Menorrhagia can be difficult to manage; however, simple natural treatments can offer relief from the condition and balance to the body. Several natural approaches are available and offer safe, effective treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Menstrual Issues
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 Teaspoon
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Many women have found quick relief from heavy bleeding, cramping, missed periods, and other menstruation concerns with the apple cider vinegar (ACV) tonic taken 1-3 times a day with meals. Mix 1 tsp - 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water, w/ or w/o honey, and sip slowly.
[YEA] THANK YOU ALL so much! I read thru every comment last night. I couldn't sleep a wink, 45 yrs old and my period started after nearly 10 weeks of heaven (no periods) I knew I was in trouble because my last flows have been horribly heavy but last night was the worst ever. I could go about an hour between changing tampons and pads! NOT fun, it was a nightmare. Just 2 weeks ago I read about the benefits of ACV for skin care. I thought well if its good for Scarlett then I can give it a go. I love it. My skin is soft, no blackheads and now I'm working on a couple of dark spots that are forming. So... I actually had ACV in my kitchen! Yay me! After I read a few experiences I thought my gosh go try it, what can it hurt. I ran in measured 2 T. ACV and added about 8 oz of water. I took a straw from the cupboard and sipped in all down rather fast. I didn't care about the taste, I needed help. Its been about 8 hours and guess what!!!!! It has slowed. I'm in total heaven. I've been so scared. I was feeling weak, dizzy when getting up, etc. Thank you all so much for taking the time to share your stories, I read them ALL! I was prepared for DAYS and DAYS and weeks of misery. Its the middle of June and I want to jump in the pool every day. I was certain that I wouldn't be swimming for the rest of the summer (due to past experiences.) Yay! Bring on summer!!!
[YEA] What is the science behind using Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce and even stop heavy menstrual bleeding? I am currently using this home remedy with success, but I can't seem to find the science behind this remedy and I am extremely curious! I also want to know if this is an "every day for the rest of my life" thing or only on the days that I would be menstruating, etc...Thank you in advance and really hope I get some answers!! :-)