Menstrual issues

  menstrual issues  
Period problem: Heavy bleeding
  • Problems with ovulation. In a normal menstrual cycle, your uterine lining builds up and thickens to prepare for pregnancy. ...
  • Problems with the uterine lining. ...
  • Thyroid problems. ...
  • Uterine fibroids. ...
  • Uterine polyps. ...
  • Certain medicines. ...
  • Pregnancy problems. ...
  • Bleeding disorders.
Women may at times experience problems or irregularities in their menstrual cycle. Common problems include: Amenorrhea: This refers to the absence of a menstrual cycle for at least 90 days. Contributing factors amenorrhea period include pregnancy, breastfeeding, eating disorders, excessive exercising, and stress.
Menstrual irregularities can have a variety of causes, including pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, infections, diseases, trauma, and certain medications

Not every woman will experience the same premenstrual symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • breast swelling and tenderness
  • tension
  • bloating
  • acne breakouts
  • leg, back, or stomach cramping
  • premenstrual syndrome

Premenstrual syndrome

Some women report feeling the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This very common condition can include symptoms such as:

  • rapid changes in mood
  • insomnia
  • dizziness
  • bloating
  • social withdrawal
  • difficulty concentrating
  • breast tenderness
  • tiredness

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Some women experience a severe form of PMS known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It can lead to the following symptoms:

  • depression
  • mood swings
  • anger
  • anxiety
  • feelings of being overwhelmed
  • concentration difficulties
  • irritability
  • tension

Women may at times experience problems or irregularities in their menstrual cycle. Common problems include:

Amenorrhea: This refers to the absence of a menstrual cycle for at least 90 days. Contributing factors amenorrhea period include pregnancy, breastfeeding, eating disorders, excessive exercising, and stress.

Dysmenorrhea: This is sometimes severe menstrual pain. Possible causes include uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and excessive levels of a hormone called prostaglandin.

Abnormal uterine bleeding: This term includes any vaginal bleeding not considered normal for a menstrual period. This might include bleeding between periods or after sex, any vaginal spotting, unusually heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, and postmenopausal bleeding.

In early pregnancy, some women will also experience what is referred to as implantation bleeding, as a result of the embryo attaching to the uterine wall. Implantation bleeding can be expected around 10 to 14 days after conception.

Implantation bleeding occurs as light, brown spotting and not the typical bright, red flow of a menstrual period. Implantation bleeding is short-lived and, for most women, requires no treatment.

When to call a doctor

Some medical conditions can affect the menstrual cycle, including polycystic ovarian disease, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis.

It is important to speak with a healthcare provider if symptoms are causing concern. Indications for speaking with a doctor about a period include:

  • abnormal uterine bleeding
  • any postmenopausal bleeding
  • not having experienced a period by 15 years of age or within 3 years of breast development
  • no menstrual flow for more than 90 days
  • irregular bleeding between periods
  • menstrual bleeding that lasts for more than 7 days
  • periods occurring more often than every 21 days
  • heavy vaginal bleeding that requires a tampon or pad change every 1 to 2 hours
  • severe menstrual pain
  • signs of toxic shock syndrome, a bacterial infection more commonly associated with tampon use

Toxic shock can be extremely dangerous and is in some cases life-threatening. Symptoms of toxic shock include:

  • a fever over 102° Fahrenheit
  • muscle aches
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • a rash resembling a sunburn
  • a sore throat
  • bloodshot eyes

Toxic shock is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.

Herbal remedies that help with menstrual issues
Black cohosh plant Bladderwrack Wild celery plant
30 capsules
Black cohosh root  
30 capsules
30 capsules
Chanca piedra plant Juniper berry Maca root
90 capsules
Chanca piedra  
90 capsules
90 capsules
Maca root  
Red clover Stinging nettle plant St Johns wort
60 capsules
clover flower
90 capsules
Stinging nettle
30 capsules
St John's
wort flower
Vitex tree Valerian plant Yarrow flower
60 capsules
30 capsules
60 capsules
Dandelion flower    
60 capsules
Dandelion flower  
(Withania somnifera)
(Astragalus membranaceus)
(Bacopa monnieri)
(Arctium lappa)
*Black Cohosh
(Cimicifuga racemosa)
(Focus vesiculosus)
*Celery seeds
(Apium graviolens)
*Chanca piedra
(Phyllanthus niruri)
*Ceylon cinnamon
(Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
*Cat's claw
(Uncaria tomentosa)
*Dandelion root
(Taraxacum officinale)
(Trigonella foenum graecum)
*Ginkgo biloba
(Ginkgo biloba)
*Horse chestnut
(Aesculus hippocastanum)
*Hawthorn berry
(Crateagus oxicanthus)
*Horny goat weed
(Epimedium sagittatum)
*Juniper berry
(Juniperus communis)
*Milk thistle
(Sylibum marianum)
(Lepidium meyenii)
*Red clover
(Trifolium pratense)
*American Skullcap
(Scutellaria lateriflora)
*Saw palmetto
(Serenoa repens/serrulata)
*Stinging nettle
(Urtica dioica)
*St John's wort
(Hypericum perforatum)
(Smilax aristolochiifolia)
*Schizandra berry
(Schisandra chinensis)
(Agnus castus)
*Valerian root
(Valeriana officinalis)
*White willow
(Salix alba)
(Achillea millefolium)
*Lion's mane
(Hericium erinaceous
(Lentinula edodes