Obviously this is pretty frustrating and I would like to do something about it- it was so nice to only get 1 cold the whole time I was pregnant! Do you think it could be iron levels?
Mama to 3 awesome girls: DD1 born 2001, DD2 born 2002, DD3 born March 2011
How frustrating! This is actually a relatively common occurrence among female patients in my practice. Menses is a time for the body to get rid of things (emotional and physical), and sometimes that can spill over into an all-over detox, not just menstrual flow. I would recommend getting some hormone levels - estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, and adrenal. Complete blood count, iron, ferritin and Vitamin D are also very helpful. An imbalance in any one of these can cause trouble, and often more than one is out of balance. I would suggest that you visit a licensed naturopathic physician, as they are trained to look for subtle shifts that can cause big problems. An ND can also run some alternative testing that a conventional MD will not run - adrenal stress index and one example. Depending upon what shows up in this testing, I might also do some digestive testing to see how things are functioning in that system. Digestion is very much tied to immune function, and often imbalances can lead to frequent infections - colds, flus, etc.
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