Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
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Vitamin D

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Posted by Annieg (Hurst, Tx) on 06/15/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I'm 46 and I've had problems with heavy, long periods for the past four years. Mine weren't as heavy as some on here have described (thank goodness) but got bad enough at times that it definitely made me apprehensive about leaving the house, particularly if the place I was going didn't have a bathroom. I've always been very regular, even since having my son 8 years ago. 4 years ago I was over a week late for my period which freaked me out. I took several pregnancy tests which were all negative, but I knew that the tremendous stress I was under at the time (mother had medical issues) could cause me to be late. That period finally started but was a bit longer than normal. On what should've been one of the final days, I was watching fireworks - it was July 4th - and felt that I was suddenly bleeding...a lot. I ran for the house and barely made it into the bathroom. I was pouring blood. Totally freaked me out...have NEVER had that happen before. My bleeding was always "normal". My husband grabbed a towel and drove me home. On the way I called a family friend who is a naturopathic doctor. She assured me that I was most likely perimenopausal and that yes, it can just suddenly happen that way.

Fortunately, the bleeding did slow that night thanks to taking some herbs I had on hand plus Advil. That began 4 years of this aggravating bleeding. I've had episodes of very heavy bleeding like that from time to time but have gotten the worst of it under control by taking various things: apple cider vinegar, arnica pills, yarrow, shepherd's purse, white oak bark, blackstrap molasses, etc. While most of it seemed to get the worst bleeding under control, none of it stopped my periods completely that lasted for WEEKS. What a frustrating thing to have it slow to the point where you think it will FINALLY stop but then it just starts back up again. Bleeding sometimes heavy but mostly moderate. The longer it affected my life the more stressful it became. I couldn't take my son to the pool - his favorite thing in the summer - because I never knew how much I'd bleed.

I tried all sorts of store bought herbal blends to balance out my hormones but some seemed to make it worse or gave me headaches. None felt quite right to me. I finally came to the conclusion that my hormones were really out of whack or I had fibroids and decided to make an appointment to get those checked. Yes, I avoid doctors like the plague and didn't want to go. 20 plus years of knowledge of natural medicine can make you that way. While waiting for my appointment, I had the idea one morning to up my Vitamin D. I'd taken it for some time but was forgetful sometimes about it. At the time I was taking 5000 iu, that morning I took another 5,000 and upped it to 10,000 iu total. My period stopped that afternoon. Huh. I also had started taking more blackstrap molasses to up my iron, in case I had become anemic with all that bleeding. My research had shown me that anemia can actually lead to MORE bleeding. So those two things were the only things I had changed. A week later (still no bleeding) I had my doctor's appointment and mentioned those things to her. She had my vitamin D level checked, along with hormones, and was going to check for anemia. Told me to keep taking the D because it would take a while for levels to rise. Sonogram showed no fibroids. Results came back in a few days: D levels WERE low (still) and I was anemic. Hormones were just fine.

Since then I went a whole month with no bleeding, and have had a normal period with fairly light bleeding. It's like a darned miracle. A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me she was having a longer than normal period with heavier bleeding and she was worried about it because that wasn't normal for her. I told her about the vitamin D. She told me a few days later that she had taken an extra dose the next morning and her bleeding had stopped by the next day. I know that Vitamin D acts as a hormone in your body, and most people are deficient in it...some severely. I know I tried just about every other remedy I could find on this site plus others and nothing worked until I boosted my Vitamin D. I'm not sure if I'm still anemic, I know it can take a while to fix that and plan to go in for another blood to to check that out. I finally feel like I can get back to normal living now, and have taken my son swimming twice already. :)

Good luck to all you ladies out there!

Replied by Lilly
(Austin, Tx)

Thank you for your post. I was wondering what type of vitamin D did you use? D2 or D3?

Replied by Annieg
(Hurst, Tx)

Hi Lilly. I'm taking D3. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

Replied by Sarah

Does the D3 you are taking also contain vitamin K2? Sometimes it is added and I ask this as K2 helps blood clotting and has been used by some people to stop or control heavy menstrual bleeding.

I ( 53 years and healthy otherwise) have just been suffering from a second bout of heavy and prolonged bleeding sometimes up to 200ml blood a day ( I have a diva cup which is a godsend so I can measure the amount). I managed to stop the first bout with ACV and BSM but it hasn't worked this time ( maybe because I had been taking a maintenance dose of both?)

I have tried cayenne, Vitex at high dose, cod liver oil ( Vit A and D), raspberry leaf tea and pretty much everything else to no avail. When I read you post, I bought some Vit D ad took 10,000iu for 2 days and it sadly didnt' work either.

So I am now going to try K2 which comes from fermented foods like raw cheese and kefir etc. I am pretty desperate and am taking iron and eating all types of green veges etc like they are going out of fashion.

I have been diagnosed with 3 fibroids though I have been taking Vitex for years.

Just can't wait for all this to be over...it's so dibilitating!

Replied by Annieg

Hi Sarah. No K2, only 200 mg of flaxseed oil, which I believe doesn't contain any. I would recommend continuing the vitamin D and the blackstrap molasses. It takes a while for D levels to rise in your body (the doctor explained to me) especially if you're severely deficient. If you're anemic it would take some time for the blackstrap molasses to bring your iron up to normal levels, as well. You could always request those things be checked in a blood test, just to see if that might be an issue in all of this. Best of luck to you!

Replied by Steve

I had a friend with multiple fibroids. I told her about iodoral and she took it for a month. When she went to the doctor after a month he said they had shrunken down to almost nothing.

Replied by Annieg
(Hurst, Tx)

UPDATE: Since my original post, I've had two completely normal cycles. My period came in about 28 days, lasted 4 or 5, and was gone again. It was quite light, as well (yay! ). The timing of my ovulation is normal now, too, which I find interesting. Before, when my period would finally cease, I would ovulate within just a few days. Now it's on a more normal schedule. I haven't taken the blackstrap molasses since my original post so the only thing that changed was the vitamin D. This has been a life changing thing for me and I hope it helps someone else too.

Replied by Ms

I so appreciate your whole story as I have been on a blind quest for almost 5 years of severe bleeding. When it started it was light and intermittent and gradually got worse and I have been living in pure hell. I do a small fibroids in my cervix and the dr I saw is not skilled enough to remove it. I was offered an IUD...un NO!!! She (the dr) told me over 5 years ago "Let's wait and watch" its more like lets wait and watch me die a slow agonizing death of bleeding my life away. I was never given any info about iron, vitamin d...nothing! I was tested several years ago for a vitamin D deficiency and given pharmaceutical Vitamin D for a week no follow up no care about me at all. Thank goodness for the internet I have tried everything with no help from any "western doctor". I am thankful for the info about vitamin d and anything else I have found that helps. Nothing is making me completely better but I know natural alternatives take time and you have to be very consistent. It is horrible how a dr can say wait and watch.......like I said what...wait and watch me bleed to death?!

Replied by Cindy
(Cleveland, Ohio)

Thank you so much for the post on vit D. I take 5000 (mg or iu) once per day, after reading this I just took another. Can you share what brand you take? The brand I take no longer makes in the 5000 iu. I'm suffering terribly with very heavy bleeding, now clots, and no health insurance. I'll be 52 in November, I pray this works. I also read to take a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water, so I did that today also. Things have slowed for now, but it just comes on with no warning like a water flow. I've suffered with heavy bleeding for years, pretty bad since last November. Now I'm also suffering with what I think is a pinched nerve in my neck/back, and in unbearable pain all the way down my arm, can't even sleep at night. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do for the pain, please. Again, no health insurance. Thank you so much, and I wish all of you ladies the best health, and peace and comfort.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Cindy,

A friend of mine recommended to me the Optimal Vitamin D - it has 2,000 mg vitamin D per drop. It really brought her levels up. But you need to be careful and have your blood checked once in a while. You can get too much vitamin D and that can cause other problems.

I am sorry to hear of the neck pain and heavy periods!

Turmeric may help both. 1 teaspoon in a glass of water or juice or milk a couple of times a day. It is anti-inflammatory and helps with pain. But it can be constipating, so make sure to drink plenty of water and cut back the amount if it should slow down your system.

Cayenne is also helpful for pain and bleeding.

So is blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap will also help restore lost iron due to the bleeding.

You will want to stay well hydrated and keep your pH from being acidic. I find that alkalizing my body helps reduce pain. My favorite alkalizing drink to reduce pain is this:

  • 2 Tablespoons organic lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 drops Stevia extract (optional0
  • 12 ounces of water.

Magnesium oil sprayed on your neck several times a day can also help with the pain. It isn't oily, though. It seems to make my hair curlier but not greasy.

I hope you feel better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Annieg

The brand I take is Natural Factors, but I've tried several types, they all work fine. You should be able to find a variety on Amazon.

Your pinched nerve should be easily fixed by a chiropractor (I've had one or two fixed over the years). I realize you don't have insurance, but most don't take a lot of insurances anyway and could probably work something out with you on cost if you explain your problem. That's a pretty straightforward thing to "fix" for them.

I agree with Mama to Many about the turmeric for inflammation, and the blackstrap molasses. Seems to slow menstrual flow and - if you're anemic - will help fix that. If you're anemic that can cause you to bleed more. Vicious cycle and all that. I found I couldn't take Cayenne...made me have a rapid heartbeat which is strange and probably not a common occurrence. Shepherd's Purse worked pretty well to slow it and you can get it in a liquid to work faster. Actually I tried everything on this site and some worked briefly but nothing made the bleeding stop completely except for the Vitamin D. Let me know if you have any other questions...I wish you luck!

Replied by Marielle

I had very similar symptoms and also found that increasing D3 intake also stopped period dead dn it's tracks! Lol I had same reaction...huh. lol. Following that I would still have heavy periods but not the intended flooding that makes you panic and wonder if you are bleeding to death!! I started taking a calcium supplement recently and have found period is quite light although long with a lot of spotting. I feel so much better! Cycle seems more normal as well. I also was given 3 options by doctors, birth control, ablation or hysterectomy but I just couldn't believe that any of those were actually the only answers and was rather miffed that docs don't everdont have better options as this issue seems to be a major issue for women in perimenopause. Something as simple and harmless as taking extra D3 and calcium vs burning lining of uterus, taking fake hormones, or complete removal of uterus! I can't believe these are the options offered! But then there is no money in $8 bottle of D3 right?

Replied by Annieg

I agree, most doctors definitely do the most intrusive, harmful things possible instead of trying to work WITH the body. I wanted to post an update (all this time after my original one) that I never had another long, heavy period again. In fact, this past year my periods have been few and far between as I've come closer to approaching menopause. I only take vitamin D occasionally now, and do try to get 10-15 minutes of sun a day. I've never felt better. Even ran 3 Spartan obstacle races last year and plan to tackle hiking up Pikes Peak this year and a cross country hike through England next year.

Hope all you ladies are able restore your good health and vitality like I did...best of luck to you all!

Vitamin E

1 User Review
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Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Vitamin E has totally eliminated the breast pain I would get before my period, as well as the cramping I would get during my period. I take 400 IU once a day. The breast pain disappeared the first month I was taking this and the cramping disappeared the second month.

Vitamin K

1 User Review
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Posted by Sarah (Nz) on 03/19/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have had bouts of dangerously heavy and prolonged bleeding due to fibroids. I use ACV and molasses plus iron tablets and also cod liver oil.. but I have found that Vitamin K ( I eat lots of Kale and parsley) is the only thing that stops the bleeding. Please do try this as I have found it works almost immediately :)

Walnut Bach Flower Remedy

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Posted by shaila (Kerala, India) on 01/13/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Walnut which is a Bach Flower remedy has invariably worked for any menstrual cycle related problem - from PMT, period pains, menopause. I have recommended it (sometimes along with other BFR) for any number of girls and women. It has not let them down even once. Please let more people know about this.

White Vinegar

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3 star (1) 

Posted by Tmnk001 (Johannesburg, Gauteng) on 03/25/2013
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi there, I took 4 teaspoons of White Vinegar on Friday when my periods was about to take place to stop them and also another 4 teaspoon on saturday, since then my periods never came. It's like I am skipping them for this month because this is the 4th week now of not having my periods. I am worried but others says it will come next month if I stop using a vinegar. So please help, is this true?

Wild Yam

Posted by Serena (Palm Springs, Ca) on 12/07/2011


I have recently started using the birth control pill, and the first month, I got my period after only 19 days even though I was still on the hormone pills. It lasted for about 6 days, and by the time I started the sugar pills I had nothing... No spotting, no period. I am afraid that will happen again this month (I start the neck pack tomorrow, which will be day 1), and I really don't want to get my period, have spotting, or any breakthrough bleeding until its time.

I have heard that Yarrow tincture or Wild Yam tincture can help with this. I also read that Cayenne pepper and Vitamin C can also help. Has anyone had any success with any of these? Any other suggestions?

I am going out of tow. In 2 weeks and reallyyyyyy don't want to eat with any "surprises". Thanks in adavnce!

Replied by Isabel
(Tampa, Fl)

When my periods were very heavy I used one cayenne pill then I wait 2 hours and see if still was heavy then I took another pill, be carefully not to take it if you are doing OK, otherwise your period will dissapear until the next month, it happened to me several times the good thing is that cayenne will give you a lot of energy, I used 40.000 HU

Replied by Faith
(Forest Park, Ohio)

Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses

Wild Yam
Posted by Serena (Palm Springs, Ca) on 12/04/2011

Does anyone have any experience with Wild Yam tincture? I saw online somewhere that's it's good for breakthrough bleeding for menopausal women... so I'm wondering if it can help with my breakthrough bleeding due to my body getting adjusted to birth control...


1 User Review
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Posted by Missb (Vancouver, Canada) on 07/04/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have used yarrow - both as a tea and as a tincture - for well over a year now to reduce 'flooding' menstruation or heavy flow. Since I was in my early teens, my cycle has been heavy, and even more so as I got older, had kids, etc. It doesn't so much help with the pain (although it does diminish it as the blood flow diminishes) it works wonders for reducing flow. If I have to go out and am worried those first few days, I take a dropper full of tincture under my tongue or a cup of tea earlier in the day, and the problem is solved.

A note: this stuff tastes horrible (like dry grass, but even more bitter), but it works.