What and Why?
Whenever your body prepares for a pregnancy that does not follow, menstruation undoes those preparations. The engorged and vascular lining to your womb breaks down as its hormonal support is withdrawn, and is shed along with some blood. This usually involves muscular contractions of your womb, which are painless if they are well co-ordinated. If your circulation is clean and your genital organs healthy your loss is usually small and trouble free.
It is surprising that so many women have regular menstrual function for most of their lives. At best this is a poor compromise between planning for a family and preventing one; many other animal species manage things much better. Some individual women also manage better; as active, independent and mobile young adults or else later in life when experience has matured them as whole people. In either case periods may occur seldom or cease altogether yet they remain able to conceive a pregnancy whenever they really want to. The chief problem then is lack of confidence in the situation, which undermines it; they may well prefer the reassurance of a regular monthly flow.
The menstrual cycle
This begins with ovulation, an event which depends on hormonal regulation by your pituitary gland and is therefore subject to control by your primal adaptive system: that is how you are able to suppress useless reproductive effort during extremes of starvation or athletic physical exertion, or through sheer personal wholeness. Many women, however, come under pressure from pollutant chemicals able to imitate oestrogen, the hormone of womanhood, which unbalances the situation and can prevent the hatching of an egg at the middle of the month: the unhatched egg then becomes an ovarian cyst, which may persist and get larger over subsequent months. Otherwise, ovulation sets off a programme of events that leads automatically to pregnancy if your egg is fertilised, or menstruation if not.
Your body knows which way things are going almost immediately so the interval from ovulation to your period is regular — between 10-14 days, according to your nature. Erratic behaviour of your ovaries is the variable feature behind irregular periods.
Heavy or painful periods arise because your womb is inadequately supplied with nourishment and air, or your blood-stream is loaded with irritants; either unbalances and fatigues your nervous system and womb muscle. Excessive oestrogen can build-up the lining of the womb and the womb muscle creating fibroids, increasing the menstrual loss and creating pain.
What can I do?
Advice to maintain and maximise your health
1. All menstrual problems will respond to healthy corrections in your diet, especially reduction of your meat intake. Steroid growth-promoters used in animal husbandry can affect your genital function and are not well enough regulated to ensure that they are absent from all meat sold for consumption. Try to confine yourself to ’Organic’ livestock or avoid its produce altogether.
2. You may need supplements of progesterone. These are available as an NHS prescription if your doctor is willing, but you may need further guidance from Good HealthKeeping about how to use it effectively. If your doctor is unwilling to take responsibility for this it is possible for members to consult our Director, who is a doctor, as an alternative.
3. Supplements as for any bleeding tendency (Rutin 50mg and Food-state Vitamin C 250 mg three times daily) help control the amount of your flow but are best taken throughout the month. Vitamins B3, B6, C and E are all essential to the health of your womb and ovaries, along with Essential Fatty Acids; supplements of these are worth trying for a few months according to your means. They will quickly restore your reserves to levels that a healthy diet based on fruit, vegetables and whole-grain cereals can maintain.
4. A daily cold Sitz Bath is a simple way to improve the nervous co-ordination of your womb contractions and the circulation to your ovaries and womb muscle, all of which helps gradually to restore prolonged, heavy or erratic periods to a regular and manageable pattern. Increase the frequency of the bath to three or four times daily from two days into your period to two days after it has stopped. Firm massage to your lower spine for ten minutes daily reinforces the effect, if your partner will do this.
5. If your periods are usually painful fast on the day before they begin, taking only home-made Lemon Barley Water and hot Peppermint Tea. Finish the day with a hot bath and take hot Sitz Baths at intervals during the period to relieve your pain. Raspberry leaf tea or tablets are usually helpful during painful periods, taken several times daily.
6. If a gynaecologist says that endometriosis is part of the reason for your distressingly painful periods, lie down for fifteen minutes every three hours to relieve congestion of the pelvic organs that are inflamed by the menstrual back-flow.
7. Many other herbs and homoeopathic medicines may be helpful according to your temperament and constitutional needs: consult a Psionic Medical Practitioner, Medical Herbalist or Homoeopathic Practitioner for further assistance in choosing them. Osteopathic problems in your spine should be corrected. Women’s Health Concern may be able to put you in touch with sympathetic practitioners.
8. None of these methods is likely to produce dramatic results within the first month. Expect gradual improvement over about six months to a year.