Period problems with homeopathy.
Homeopathy supports female hormonal health during the reproductive cycle. Homeopathy has been used traditionally to improve the general health well being of women at a fertile age. Homeopathy considers emotional symptoms, physical symptoms and personal peculiarities for medicine selection. A well selected homeopathic medicine may help to improve the issues seen in menstrual cycle.
Every symptom during a cycle is important in homoeopathic medicine selection. For selecting a correct homeopathic medicine, personal peculiarities and individual symptoms are equally important as physical symptoms.
What is a Healthy Menstrual Cycle?
The ‘menstrual cycle’ is a series of natural hormonal and physical changes that occur to prepare healthy eggs within the ovaries and develop the lining of a woman’s uterus in preparation for pregnancy.
Each woman will be different; however, a normal period should last between 3 and 7 days and will often also include a day or two of light spotting towards the end.
The average menstrual cycle occurs every 28 to 32 days, with day one of your menstrual cycle considered to be the first day of the bleeding.
The healthy cycle is dependent on three important hormone changes:
The Follicular Phase – the first phase of your cycle. During this time follicles (sacs that contain an egg) in the ovary begin to mature. This phase typically lasts from days 1 to 14.
Follicular Stimulating Hormone (FSH) is the hormone responsible for stimulating follicular growth and maturation before the release of an egg during ovulation. It also stimulates the secretion of oestrogen. FSH is higher in the first half of your cycle and peaks just before ovulation.
Oestrogen stops the production of FSH so only one egg matures, ready for ovulation. It also stimulates the release of luteinising hormone (LH). The spike in LH triggers ovulation to occur.
Ovulation – Usually, only one follicle will mature into an egg, while the others die. Once a dominant follicle has reached maturity in the ovary, the egg is released and enters the fallopian tube ready to travel to the uterus. This ideally occurs between days 13, 14 or 15.
The Luteal Phase – When the egg bursts from its follicle, but the ruptured follicle stays on the surface of the ovary. The follicle transforms into a slowly degenerating Corpus luteum. Corpus luteum is essential for the secretion of another hormone – progesterone. Healthy progesterone levels are responsible for thickening the lining of your uterus and for maintaining pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, progesterone secretion decreases, stimulating your uterus to contract and shed its lining, causing menstruation. This phase occurs from days 16 to 28. The cycle then begins again.
Oestrogen levels are higher in the first half of your cycle, with a sharp increase (occurring approximately between days 12 to 14) causing an increase in LH. In addition to this, oestrogen has many other benefits for bones, muscles, brain, heart, sleep, skin and metabolism, particularly for blood glucose regulation.
Progesterone also has other benefits, including reducing inflammation, building muscle, promoting sleep, protecting against heart disease, and calms the nervous system making it easier to cope with stress.
Menstrual fluid is partly blood and it also contains cervical mucus, vaginal secretions and small fragments of the uterine lining.
The total volume throughout your period should equal approximately 50 ml. Less than 25 ml is considered a light or ‘scanty’ flow and more than 80 ml is a heavy flow. Many women have not measured the volume of their menstrual flow. As a general rule, you should not need to change your pad or tampon more frequently than once every two hours during the day.
Tracking your period
You can download our template from here Menstrual Cycle Chart
As I mentioned earlier Homeopathy all symptoms are important. Tracking your symptoms digitally with Apps or manually will give homeopath a better picture of your symptoms.
Tracking your periods will help you to know when you ovulate when you are most likely to get pregnant, and when to expect your next period to start. If your periods are not regular, tracking them can help you share any problems with your doctor and get diagnosis early. Severe pain or bleeding that causes you to miss regular activities and impacting your social life is not normal and should be diagnosed with your GP.
Homeopathic medicine selection is based on the symptoms. In homeopathy symptoms are the languages of our body. Homeopathic medicine selection is based on symptom matching. Not only physical symptoms but emotional picture needs to match.
There are more than 200 medicines in homeopathy just for the symptom- irregular periods. From this group, homeopath selects a correctly matched medicine. Medicine selection is a complex process, involving matching current symptoms, past health history, family history, emotional health and personal peculiarities. If a girl has a history of thyroid disease, the medicine selected will be different from a girl with a history of asthma or eczema.
Craving sugar before periods is one medicine group, craving salt is another group. Medicines will be different for having migraine before period, sadness before period or irritable bowel before period. Even if all symptoms same, a girl with a strong family history of cancer or diabetes belongs to an entirely different medicine group than a girl with a family history of skin complaints. A correctly matched medicine will help to restore the female hormone health and well being.
Early diagnosis of PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids is very important in managing Women’s health. In Australia, only GPs and specialists are allowed to confirm the disease. So early visit to the doctor and follow-ups are highly recommended for your hormone health. Even if you are taking homeopathy for milder symptoms, if symptoms persist, seek the advice of a healthcare professional. Homeopathy aims to improve your general health and well being.