Heavy & Painful Periods consultation at Eco Therapies in Leigh on Sea Essex with Elaine Otrofanowei

Heavy Periods- Menorrhagia

Every women is different, the amount of blood you may lose
during your period is difficult to measure. It is assumed
that the
average amount is about 8 tsps., so if you find that you
are changing your sanitary protection every hour or so, this
be classed as a heavy period.

Heavy bleeding can often be a symptom of other gynaecological
conditions such as:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Polyps of the womb
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Cancer of womb

It is essential that you see your doctor, so that they
can investigate the heavy bleeding and rule
out any serious conditions.

For many women there is no serious medical condition
causing the heavy bleeding. It may be due
to an imbalance between
the oestrogen and progesterone in your
system, may be your blood
does not clot as efficiently in your womb.
Stress can lead to heavy bleeding and ironically so can anaemia.(
leads to
a vicious cycle). A contraceptive coil
(non- Mirena) may also cause heavy periods.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can be used alongside
conventional treatments or alone depending
on any medical conditions
to reduce the blood

I have found that Acupuncture  combined with nutritional and supplement advice may help.


Period Pain – Dysmenorrhea

Most women suffer some discomfort before or during their periods,
but about ten percent suffer severe pain, often lasting from
a few hours to days and affect their working and personal


It is thought that period pains, whether mild or severe are
caused by the cells in the lining of the womb releasing
unhealthy/ “bad” prostaglandins
when the womb lining begins to shed during your period. This
release stimulates the womb to contract. If your levels of bad
prostaglandins are high these natural muscular contractions will
become painful.

Other Causes

Period pain may be due to other conditions such as endometriosis
or fibroids.

If you suffer severe period pains,
particularly if it is accompanied by heavy prolonged bleeding
is important
to visit your doctor
to have it investigated.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies such as Acupuncture  may help,
in combinations with nutritional advice and supplements.

To book an appointment, please call or or email me.