Women’s problems. Still not talked about often, still not understood, still endured.
One of our missions at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic is to educate and thereby reduce suffering. If you know that what you are experiencing is common but not normal, and that there is a potential solution, you can do something about it!
Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of these issues. It can happen from the time of puberty to menopause, but it becomes increasingly frequent with age, particularly once we are in our 40’s. The bleeding can have structural causes such as fibroids or adenomyosis. Alternatively, the root cause can be functional, such as estrogen dominance from either increased estrogen load or decreased progesterone.
There are medical options. Hysterectomies were popular in the past, where the uterus was simply surgically removed. This is done less frequently now, with IUDs, endometrial ablation and birth control pills being the usual treatments. Any of these may be great options for you and we don’t discourage any option that is effective for you. We offer other choices.
Our approach is to ask why. Why is there heavy menstrual bleeding? If you have fibroids, why did they grow? The answer is in the hormones. Hormonal imbalance is usually responsible. We like to test, figure out where things are going wrong, and treat that issue. This is treating root cause, not just the symptom. Don’t get me wrong, treating the symptom is a valid and very necessary step as well – life can be pretty miserable with really heavy periods, and can have major consequences when the blood loss is severe.
So while we look at the hormones and start getting them back into a state of balance, we also consider how to manage the bleeding. There may be a medical option for you as mentioned above, or your preference might be herbal formulas, acupuncture or homeopathic remedies to control the bleeding until the underlying cause can be addressed. Treating hormonal imbalance is a slow process – we generally expect it to take at least 3 months to make any progress, and when there are structural changes such as fibroids or adenomyosis or endometriosis, it can take an even longer time.
The benefits of asking why and solving that problem are that the effects are long lasting and widespread. If you have a hormonal imbalance that is causing a symptom such as heavy bleeding, it is probably making you feel unwell in other ways – sleep disturbance, bloating/water retention, irritability etc. Treating the hormones will solve more problems than one and generally leave you feeling better than you knew you could.
Ask us about testing and treatment options that work for you!