Understanding the Relationship Between Heavy Periods and Low Iron
Do you have heavy periods? You’re not alone. About one-third of women experience heavy periods at some point in their lives. Many women may not realize how much heavy periods, also known as menorrhagia, can affect healthy iron levels in the body. This article will discuss the relationship between heavy periods and iron levels. I’ll also talk about some simple natural solutions for getting your iron levels back to normal if they are low.
Heavy Periods and Anemia
During the bleeding phase of the menstrual cycle, typical blood loss can range anywhere from 50 ml-80 ml. Yes, our periods look like much more blood loss than there is. Women with heavy periods are estimated to lose about twice as much blood as women with normal periods. When blood loss exceeds this amount, it is now in the territory of heavy periods. Excessive blood loss is linked to a condition known as iron deficiency anemia (IDA). IDA can cause a wide range of symptoms, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and dizziness. If you have symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia, it is a good idea to speak with your doctor about it. They can do blood testing to confirm any issues with your iron levels. If you have Iron Deficiency anemia, there are some natural solutions to support you in staying healthy.
Natural Solutions for Iron Deficiency Anemia
One of the best ways to support yourself if you have heavy periods and iron deficiency anemia is to make sure that you eat foods rich in iron. Some good sources of iron include red meat, poultry, fish, beans, lentils, spinach, and fortified cereals. It is also essential to make sure that you are getting enough vitamin C in your diet, as this vitamin is necessary to support iron absorption. This vitamin can help reduce the amount of blood lost during menstruation.
Some herbs helpful in supporting women with heavy periods and low iron are ginger, turmeric, Shepherd’s purse, and black cohosh. These herbs are available in supplement form, tea, or tincture. They support women in reducing the amount of blood loss they experience each month.
In conclusion, restoring healthy iron levels and a healthy menstrual cycle is possible. You don’t have to do it alone. With medical practitioners’ support and holistic health coaches, you can select the most beneficial solution for your health.
I’m so happy you found me. I’m Oshun and I am a Board Holistic Health Practitioner and Menstrual Cycle Coach who specializes in helping women take control of their hormones and menstrual health. Some people call me the “Womb Priestess”. I believe that every woman has within her the power to naturally reclaim her health, authentic beauty and wellness. My goal isn’t just about teaching you how your feminine body works; it’s also offering insight on the immense power that the phases of your menstrual cycle mean for your emotional, physical and mental well being!