Menstrual Problems

Menstrual Problems

Menstruation is the monthly vaginal bleeding from a womanís body. This blood flow is nothing, but the shedding of the uterus lining, which helps in cleansing the inner surface of the uterus. For a girl, getting her first period is a physical milestone and a sign of becoming a woman. But it can also be confusing and scary, particularly if she encounters certain problems like irregular periods or premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The two major female sex hormones in the body are estrogens and progesterone. They are produced in a pair of organs in the abdomen, known as the ovaries. The ovaries start producing large quantities of estrogens when a girl reaches about 12 years of age. This enables her to grow rapidly and develop into a normal young woman. During their menstruation phase females face problems such as menorrhagia or excessive menstrual flow, amenorrhea or stoppage of menstrual flow, dysmenorrhoea or painful menstruation, premenstrual tension and menstrual cramps

Symptoms of Menstrual Problems

The main menstrual problems are pre-menstrual tension, painful menstruation, missed menstruation, and excessive menstruation and the symptoms of these problems are:

  • The premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms include bloating, acne, fatigue, sore breasts, and backaches.
  • The main symptom of amenorrhea is the absence of a womanís period after she has had it for some time or the total absence of her period even when she is past the age when she should have started menstruating.
  • When a woman has painful periods, this is called dysmenorrhea. This is usually characterized by very painful cramps that may run from the abdomen to the legs and to the lower back.
  • The symptoms of Menorrhagia is excessive menstrual flow This is common in some women.  

Causes of Menstrual Problems

A variety of causes may be responsible for menstrual problem:

∑         Pelvic infection

∑         Fibroids

∑         Uterine abnormalities

∑         Weight gain or weight loss

∑         Excessive dieting

∑         Stress

∑         Illness

∑         Thyroid disorder


Home Remedies for Menstrual Problems


Some of the effective Home Remedies for Menstrual Problems are:

  • Take a cup of water and add a piece of fresh ginger to it. Make sure to pound the ginger before you put it in the water. Boil the water for a few minutes and then, strain it. Mix a little sugar to the decoction and consume it, after it cools down a bit. Repeat this three times in a day.
  • The herb of Marigold is helpful in reducing the pain during menstruation and also increasing the flow. It is advisable to have a tablespoon of this, two times a day.
  • The best way to treat menstrual problems would be to have parsley juice, in combination with any other juice. You can mix 75 ml of parsley with beet, carrot or cucumber juice, of the same quantity.
  • Coriander seeds are also beneficial in the treatment of excessive menstruation. Six grams of these seeds should be boiled in half a litre of water. This decoction should be taken off the fire when only half the water remains.
  • For women who face the problem of excessive menstruation, banana flower would provide an effective remedy. Boil a banana flower in some water, until it turns soft. Take it out, crush it and have it with a cup of curd.
  • Consume thirteen to twenty-five grams of the Indian barberry herb, during excessive bleeding.
  • Extract the juice of fresh mango bark. Mix 10 ml of the juice with 120 ml of water. Have this mixture in a dose of 1 or 2 tsp, every one hour.
  • The bark of the Ashoka tree is an effective remedy for excessive blood loss during the monthly period which occurs due to uterine fibroids and other causes. It should be given in the form of decoction in treating this condition.

Menstrual Problems Treatment and Advice

  • Eliminating alcohol, caffeine, refined sugar, salt, dairy products and animal fats may be beneficial.
  • Avoid too much food and drinks that are raw, frozen, not easily digested or spicy.
  • Dry friction and a cold hip bath should form a regular feature of the treatment every morning. All cold baths should however be suspended during the menstrual period.

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