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Menorrhagia

Also indexed as:Heavy Menstruation
A heavier than normal period can be difficult to deal with and may signal other health issues. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Iron

(Iron-Deficiency Anemia)
100 to 200 mg daily under medical supervision if deficient3 stars[3 stars]
Supplementing with iron decreases excess menstrual blood loss in iron-deficient women who have no other underlying cause for their condition.
Vitamin A
50,000 IU of vitamin A each day taken under the supervision of a doctor2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, women with menorrhagia who took vitamin A showed significant improvement or complete normalization of menstrual blood loss.
Black Horehound
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Black horehound has been used traditionally for heavy periods.
Cinnamon
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Cinnamon has been used historically for the treatment of various menstrual disorders, including heavy menstruation.
Cranesbill
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Astringent herbs such as cranesbill have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation.
Flavonoids
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Flavonoids protect capillaries (small blood vessels) from damage. In so doing, they might protect against the blood loss of menorrhagia.
Oak
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Astringent herbs such as oak have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation.
Periwinkle
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Astringent herbs such as periwinkle have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation.
Shepherd's Purse
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Shepherd’s purse has been used historically for the treatment of various menstrual disorders, including heavy menstruation.
Vitamin C
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Vitamin C protects capillaries (small blood vessels) from damage. In so doing, it might protect against the blood loss of menorrhagia.
Vitamin E
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In a study of women with menorrhagia associated with the use of an intrauterine device (IUD), supplementing with vitamin E corrected the problem in all cases within ten weeks.
Vitex
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Among women taking vitex, menorrhagia has reportedly improved after taking the herb for several months.
Witch Hazel
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Astringent herbs such as witch hazel have been traditionally used for heavy menstruation.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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