Women with bleeding disorders, hormonal imbalances, fibroids and endometriosis may experience severe menstrual bleeding– either on occasion or all of the time. Although it is normal to have an occasional heavy period, you should consult a nurse-midwife or gynecologist if you experience severe or prolonged menstruation for several months in a row. This could be the first sign of a medical condition warranting expert evaluation.
Regardless of the cause of your heavy menstruation, these herbal remedies for heavy menstruation can help to reduce bleeding and related symptoms, such as cramping and fatigue. Always consult your health care provider before using any herbal remedy for heavy menstruation.
Although most commonly used to treat menstrual cramps, cramp bark can also work as an herbal remedy for heavy menstruation. Cramp bark works by slowing spasms and contractions in the uterus. As a result, it curbs cramps while also slowing menstrual flow. Cramp bark is generally safe ans associated with few side effects.
Shepherd’s purse is a medicinal herb with no known toxic effects; it is commonly eaten as a food in its native East Asian range. Historically, midwives have used shepherd’s purse to treat postpartum hemorrhage, or excessive blood loss following childbirth. It works by constricting the small blood vessels the lead to the uterus, thereby slowing the loss of blood. Shepherd’s purse can be very useful to women with heavy periods relating to bleeding disorders.
Chaste Tree Berry
If your heavy periods relate to a hormonal imbalance such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), chaste tree berry may help to reduce your symptoms. Also known as chasteberry, vitex or monk’s pepper, chaste tree berry effectively balances levels of reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. If you use oral contraceptives, use a backup birth control method while using chaste tree berry; it can decrease their effectiveness.