Menstrual Irregularity & Ammenorhea:
Returning your period to cycle
Many women believe that an irregular period or no period at all is a plus. But it actually is a condition that is not normal. There are a variety of things that can cause this normal process to cease or to become irregular. A diet extremely low in fat contains insufficient quantities of cholesterol to produce the hormones needed to activate the menstrual cycle. Insufficient levels of various nutrients can also prevent normal functioning such as low iron, low B12 or even a low body weight. Glandular insufficiency, stress and low blood quality are also factors which can cause or contribute to menstrual irregularity. One of our clients even lost her period for six months because she was visiting California during an earthquake. Experiencing ammenhorea or the lack of a period, makes fertility a real challenge, so think about the future.
Begin with your female hormones such as FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) and LH (Luteinizing Hormone). These are key to the regular progression of the female cycle through each month, leading to menstruation. When FSH is low, I suggest 2-4 Tribulus per day, which also regulates DHEA, increases anabolic activity and intensifies protein synethesis. By increasing FSH, it increases levels of estradiol. If the follicle does not respond to FSH, then I add 2-3 Ovatrophin PMG per day to make the follicle produce estrogen. To help the Corpus Luteum make progesterone, I can give 6-9 Ovex per day.
Testosterone levels in women are also a good indicator of follicular health. Excess levels of testosterone can decrease the amount of bound hormones in women, while higher levels of testosterone generally indicate cyst formation in the follicles. Traditional treatment involves Chaste Tree and Blue Cohosh to correct hypothalamic malfunction, and Withania with Panax Ginseng to increase body energy and modulate the effects of stress.
Then there is the issue of excessive bleeding or clotting which can happen to women from time to time. But if it becomes a monthly occurrence, or for some women throughout the month, then it is something to address. I begin by balancing the endometrium with Capsella. Most anemia in women is created by chronically heavy monthly cycles. This is called menorrhagia or metrohagia, excessively prolonged or profuse bleeding. First and foremost it's important to maintain normal iron levels and prevent anemia, which are lost in excess with the heavy bleeding. Fe-Max Iron Tonic and Ferrofood are the key products for this, providing everything women need to maintain healthy levels of iron and red blood cells. This type of chronic issue is more common with fibroids or endometriosis, but other issues such as hormone imbalances, infections and cervical dysplasia can also be present. Treatment includes Chaste Tree as a basic formula. Then I add antihemorrhagic herbs such as Tienchi ginseng and Horsetail, and uterine formulas such as Utrophin PMG.
One of the most common irregularities in menstruation is dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation. There are two types: spasmodic dysmenorrhea is when the pain is directly related to the onset of menstruation and is based in the uterus. Congestive dysmenorrhea occurs before or late in menstruation and can arise in other organs as well as the uterus. In these conditions, estrogen function must be supported with Wild Yam over the long term. For short-term treatment, I add uterine spasmolytics which decrease prostaglandin production such as Dong Quai and Cramp Bark. Then I'll add Ginger if there is also excessive bleeding. Then Black Cohosh is an antiinflammatory which is useful and Corydalis helps as an analgesic. There is no reason that women need to suffer with excessive pain.