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#1 of 3 Old 05-10-2014, 04:09 AM - Thread Starter
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I always thought my periods aren't bad, no cramps, regular like a clock and over very quickly.  The only problem is they're heavy.  I pretty much have to stay home the first two days to avoid leaking.  I go to bathroom all the time and don't sleep so well at night because I had to get up often.  I use a cup so I know the amount of blood I lose is anywhere from 6 to 12 oz.  My ferritin is chronically low and my hemoglobin always near the minimum normal.  I try to eat lots of beef and take some supplements after each period.  So far I haven't been officially anemic, though I do feel anemic during and after periods sometimes.  Feeling dizzy and tired, some headache and shortness of breath.  I think it's because almost all the bleeding happen within 24 - 30 hours.  My periods usually just stops at the two day mark, going from gushing to nothing within a couple hours. 


I keep pondering if life couldn't be better if I don't spend all my time trying to recover blood loss, and being so close to anemia.  I don't know what my doctor can do, though.  We had an ultrasound done last year and didn't find anything.  She suggested birth control pills but I was afraid of the side effects.  My only experience with the pill was horrible (non-stop yeast infection), though that was 15 years ago.


Does anyone with similar experience have some suggestions?  I know well enough about keeping iron up, but is there anything I can do to reduce the bleeding?  Should I try the pill again?


*I'm almost 42 and ovulating regularly.  I'm sure I'm nowhere near menopause yet, as that happens in late 50s in my family.

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I found vitex and magnesium at bedtime helped a lot. It took about 3 months to see results. 

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If I were in your shoes (I was in my teens and early 20s) , I'd look into finding a good naturopath and ask for tinctures for hormonal balance. I did take one right before I got pregnant but don't remember the name..

Ok, found it

Other than dong quai, there are many other herbs - shatavari (from mountain rose herbs) can be used as a tea and is extremely good for dealing with menstruation issues.

Susan weed has a couple of books - maybe you can check those out from the library..

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