Low Sex Drive - Caused by Heavy Menstrual Flow


Bleeding that lasts longer than seven days or soaks through a tampon or pad every hour is considered heavy and can be a result of:

  • Miscarriage
  • Hormonal imbalance caused by birth control pills, tubal ligation, or menopause
  • Eudiometrical, cervical polyps, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Cervical or uterine fibroid tumor
  • Heavy menstrual flow (menorrhagia)

Miscarriage, fibroids or endometriosis can be quite serious and require immediate medical attention.

Twice a Month?

Some women miss periods, but some get more than one period in the span of a month. While the cause varies, stress and hormonal problems are usually key factors.

But most heavy menstrual flow can be attributed to factors such as hormonal imbalance, birth control pills, tubal ligation or menopause. After three successive months of heavy menstrual bleeding, ask your physician for a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to check for anemia, a pelvic exam to rule out abnormal fibroids, cervical polyps or PCOS, and consultation on alternative birth control methods that are not hormone-based.

Women who suffer from a heavy menstrual flow often have a low libido and chronic fatigue, due to low progesterone and anemia. Herbs like Shepherd’s Purse can reduce heavy bleeding, and a diet sufficient in iron will battle fatigue due to anemia.
 

Great Sources of Iron


Food

Iron

Clams, 3 oz 23.5 mg
Oysters, 3 oz 10 mg
Soybeans, 4 oz 4.2 mg
Pumpkin Seeds, 1 oz 4.2 mg
Lentils, 4 oz 3.5 mg
Lean Beef, 3 oz 3.4 mg
Prune Juice, 6 oz 2.3 mg
White Beans, 4 oz 2.2 mg
Spinach, 4 oz cooked 2.0 mg
Blackstrap Molasses, 1 T 0.9 mg

 

A good rule of thumb is 18 milligrams daily for women under 55, up to 28 milligrams if pregnant or having a heavy menstrual flow. Iron is also better absorbed when taken with Vitamin C.


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