Want to have normal periods?
A question I get asked a lot is: “What’s a normal period like?”.
It’s usually asked by women who are struggling with either heavy or painful periods who have lost touch with a flow of bright red blood with minimal pain which does not completely upend their life for a week or more. It’s worth saying that ‘normal’ is different for everyone. Nonetheless…
A ‘normal’ period needs good health 100 days before each bleed because that is when the follicle (which becomes the egg) is formed. The follicular phase starts on day one of your bleed and ends at ovulation. Depending on your cycle it can last around 16 days.
Ovulation takes one day. That is when the egg is released from the ovary.
The luteal phase lasts 11-17 days. After the follicle releases its egg, it changes into the corpus luteum. If you do not become pregnant, the corpeus luteum is re-absorbed, oestrogen and progesterone levels reduce and the womb lining is shed as a period.
What disrupts a normal period?
Our bodies are very finely tuned. When part of our systems is out of whack, this will have an impact on other parts. Despite how conventional medicine treats us, we are a whole – and as such will benefit from holistic treatment.
Sustained stress is a major hormone disruptor. I’ve written about this here.
The Pill and some other contraceptives, including the Mirena Coil, release hormones which can prevent pregnancy but which in turn stop ovulation. I wrote a piece on this. Depending on how long you use it, that contraception may mean your body takes a while to get back into it’s cycle. Fertility can thereby be delayed.
Food which does not nurture and nourish the body can affect periods. Not eating enough food can affect your periods. Eating dairy can make cramping worse. Good food can also help to balance hormones.
Too many alcoholic drinks affects our menstrual cycles too. Excess alcohol puts pressure on the liver. The liver has the job of breaking down excess hormones (as well as lots of other tasks). The more jobs, the less well the liver can perform. Excess oestrogen is a major cause of heavy periods. Conversely drinking too much booze can make periods lighter but increase headaches and cramps.
Smokers are more likely to suffer with painful periods (dysmenorrhea) than non smokers.
This list is not exhaustive.
We need stability, nutrition, rest and exercise to have normal periods.
So, what can homeopathy do?
Homeopathy can support you – while you stop smoking for example.
It can provide support to your liver – to improve its functioning so it can better metabolise those excess hormones. The liver can then do a better job of clearing up your system.
Homeopathy can be prescribed to help you manage the cramps and aches which we can suffer with. I’ve had clients with unmanageable periods which meant they could not work/ look after their children/ enjoy their holidays – and their periods have changed enough with homeopathic treatment for them to do all of those things. And not wish half their month away – every month.
And remarkably, homeopathy can regulate the periods themselves – reduce clotting, allow the blood to flow bright red again, reduce the flow itself and bring regularity to an irregular cycle. It can make an unbelievable difference to your experience of regular bleeding.
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Wherever you are, perhaps you are looking for ways to bring health and wellbeing into your life?
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We talk about what’s bothering you, what’s taking your energy and attention and how you can make life better using homeopathy and introducing small changes to create big effects.
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