NO MENSTRUAL BLEEDING (AMENORRHOEA)
Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Lack of menstruation for a few days or if it stops too early is a perfectly normal thing and nothing to worry about.
There are many possible factors that can be responsible including stress, diet, medication, contraception, PCOS, progesterone levels too high, age, cancer and other conditions, etc.
TREATMENTS AND HERBAL REMEDIES THAT MAY HELP INDUCE MENSTRUATION
– Vitamin B5, and B6 and zinc are excellent to increase progesterone in women and when this hormone is too high menstruation can stop. Progesterone inhibits the growth of the lining of the womb before menstruation, which lessens the bleeding during menstruation. But usually supplements do not exceed the safe amount of these three nutrients and shouldn’t cause overproduction of progesterone but only help to regulate it. Anyway, in this case, I would stop taking them for few weeks, and start again gradually increasing them again to see if the problems reappear.
– Chaste tree ( Vitex Agnus castus ) may help the pituitary gland function normally and may reduce prolactin levels, but it must be taken for months. One study found that 10 of 15 women with amenorrhoea started having periods after taking chaste tree for 6 months.
– Fresh pineapple or supplements with bromelain every day.
– High doses of vitamin C (1000-3000mg per day).
– People sometimes use chamomile, parsley, rosemary, sage, lemon balm, and oregano for this purpose.
– Some also say that pomegranate, celery, papaya, fenugreek, and chicory are emmenagogues.
– Ginger is a traditional remedy for inducing periods and is believed to cause uterine contractions. However, this remains unproven by scientific research. Boil a fresh piece of peeled, sliced ginger in a pan of water for five to seven minutes. Strain the tea and add honey or sugar to taste before drinking.
– Parsley tea: pour a cup of boiling water over a couple of tablespoons of fresh parsley and allow it to steep for about five minutes before drinking.
– Turmeric is another traditional remedy believed by some to be an emmenagogue. It’s supposed to work by affecting estrogen and progesterone levels, although scientific research is lacking.
– Dong Quai herb is thought to help induce a period by improving blood flow to the pelvis as well as by stimulating the muscles in the uterus and triggering uterine contractions.
– Black cohosh is another herbal supplement that you can buy to help regulate the menstrual cycle. It’s said to help tone the uterus and promote the shedding of the uterine lining.
– Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) has been found effective in regulating menstrual cycles, improving fertility, and reversing features of polycystic ovary syndrome by decreasing.
– Stress control and relaxation. Stress can sometimes be the cause of a delayed or missed period. When we feel stressed, we may produce hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline.
– A hot compress or hot bath for relaxing tight muscles and relieving emotional stress. Perhaps this is the reason for anecdotal reports that this can help to bring on your period.
– Magnesium supplements.
– Sexual activity can help to trigger the period in several ways. Having an orgasm can cause your cervix to dilate. This creates a vacuum that can pull the menstrual blood down. This includes orgasm through penetrative and non-penetrative sexual activity.
HERBS THAT MAY STOP MENSTRUATION
– If you want to bring back your menstruations avoid the following herbs and spices as they may stop menstrual bleeding:
Raspberry leaf, Angelica root (known also as Dong Quai or female ginseng, the same herb may also induce menstruation), Radix Noto Ginseng (known as Tien Chi Ginseng or Tien Qi), Lady Mantle, Garden Sage, Shepherd’s Purse, Ginger, Cinnamon, Thyme, Mustard seeds, Licorice, and some other herbs and spices.
WARNING: If you intend to stop menstruation using the above-mentioned herbs, it is important to consult your physician; especially if you are on medications. Also in case you are pregnant or think you could be, you must avoid taking these herbs and spices, as they could lead to a miscarriage.
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