Our naturopathic approach to better menstrual health
Menstruation is a natural part of a woman’s hormonal cycle. So, how do you differentiate between normal discomfort and a possible hormone imbalance? By observing certain symptoms, it is possible to determine whether you have hormonal imbalance or not.
If you suffer:
- period pain,
- heavy bleeding,
- irregular periods,
- food cravings
- or just feel emotionally overwhelmed each month; you could be suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
While most hormonal imbalances are relatively easy to treat, they can sometimes lead to more serious problems, including infertility and hormonal based cancers, if left untreated.
PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhea and other hormonal imbalances can often be managed effectively with natural therapies or a combination of natural and conventional medicines.
At Moontides, your NCM will ask detailed questions about your diet, lifestyle, general health condition and any medications you are taking. This information is then used to guide and support your treatments.
Menstrual Cycle Facts
- Day One of the menstrual cycle is the first day of menstruation (bleeding)
- Ovulation is the release of an egg(ova) during the middle of each menstrual cycle.
- Menstruation occurs when pregnancy (fertilisation of an egg/ova) has not taken place.
- Cycles can vary from around 24 to 36 days. Only about12 % of women have 28-day cycles.
- The average cycle is actually 29.5 days, which is the same length as a lunar cycle.
- Normal blood loss is between 28-80mL.
- Cycles soon after menarche (first period) and before menopause are more likely to be irregular and anovulatory (without ovulation).
Problems with the Menstrual Cycle
- PMS or Premenstrual syndrome is the term given to a range of physical and emotional symptoms that accompany the menstrual cycle. These symptoms will differ from woman to woman.
- Dysmenorrhoea is the term given to pain and cramping associated with menstruation.
- Amenorrhoea is the term given to a lack of menstrual period for more than 12 months in women who have previously menstruated or in young women who reach 16 without menstruating.
- A cycle that is less than 20 days or more than 40 days is considered abnormal and should be further investigated. Cycles of this length will also affect a woman’s fertility status.
Natural Therapies for PMS and Menstrual Problems
Fortunately, imbalances of the menstrual cycle often respond very well to natural therapies. Keeping a specially designed menstrual chart can help you plot the patterns of your cycle, while dietary modifications may help ease symptoms in many cases.
Salivary hormone testing can be used to determine any imbalances in your hormone levels so these can be addressed accordingly.
Many herbs are specific for treating menstrual irregularities, and often, a combination of herbal and nutritional supplements can provide relief of symptoms and restore balance to your cycle.