A normal menstrual cycle occurs every 28 days plus or minus 7 days (21–35 days). The duration of flow should be between 2–7 days with a volume loss of less than 80 ml—or less than 5 tablespoons.

Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that lasts more than 7 days and bleeding that is very heavy. How do you know if you have heavy bleeding? If you need to change your tampon or pad after less than 2 hours, or you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger, that is heavy bleeding. Untreated heavy or prolonged bleeding can result in iron deficiency anemia. In Canada, three quarters of hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) are performed as a result of unresolved heavy periods.

Nutrients Are A Girls Best Friend

Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and Di-indolylmethane (DIM) are every woman’s best friend when it comes to period problems.This combination of plant nutrients balances hormones bringing estrogen back into the normal range which then normalizes progesterone naturally. I3C and DIM together work for heavy periods, long periods, irregular periods, painful periods as well as PMS. Take 100mg of DIM and 300mg of I3C daily with food to make periods effortless.

Shepherd’s Purse Research

To quickly get heavy periods under control add Shepherd’s Purse tincture. Shepherd’s Purse has a long history in herbal medicine for the treatment of menorrhagia or heavy, clotting, excessive menstrual flow. Shepherd’s Purse contains a protein that is similar to oxytocin the hormone that causes constriction of the uterus. For very heavy periods add ½ teaspoon of Shepherd’s Purse tincture in water, every three hours during the first 2–3 days of menstrual flow. To prevent dysfunctional uterine bleeding, take 1⁄2 teaspoon 3 times daily for 10 days preceding the onset of menstruation.

The Total Nutrient Package

Remember to take non-constipating liposomal iron to enhance iron levels when experiencing menorrhagia, as anemia causes heavier bleeding. And in conjunction, take vitamin K2-MK7 to eliminate clots during menstruation along with I3C and DIM to normalize the uterine lining and regulate periods.