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Hi and welcome to Fertility TV. I’m Dr. Marc Sklar, the Fertility Expert and I focus on helping couples get pregnant naturally. In this video we’re going to be talking about what your period is telling you with regards to your fertility and specifically heavy bleeding and clots.
We’re focusing on one specific aspect of your menstrual period which is heavy bleeding and clots, so if you have heavy bleeding and clots this video is specifically for you. So your body is always talking to you in all sorts of ways, and for women specifically in their menstrual cycle it’s one of the things that I really love about working with women and fertility is that we’ve got this menstrual cycle to monitor and see it change and also see what’s going on.
So there’s one of the more telling signs for a woman is how healthy your overall menstrual cycle is and specifically your bleed. And so if you’re having heavy period, if you’re changing your tampon hourly, or close to that, and if you see increased or very large clots then those are things that we want to change and improve okay.
In a previous video I do talk about what an ideal menstrual cycle is, what an ideal menstrual bleed is, and what we’re really looking for, so I’m not going to cover that today. If you haven’t watched that, you can check the Youtube channel and you can go ahead and watch that to learn all about that.
Today I’m going to focus specifically on what this means, the heavy bleeding and clots, and what you can hopefully start to do about it.
So first it can mean a couple of things, first and foremost it can show that you’ve got an increased amount of estrogen production in the body. You know we often hear this term or phrase called “estrogen dominance”, and I don’t really want to focus on that in this video, that could be a piece of this but it also doesn’t have to be, you can just have a little bit of an increase in estrogen and that can start to show in your menstrual cycle.
Two – It can also mean that there’s not enough proper blood circulating through the pelvic region and the uterus, and that’s causing this heavy bleed, and certainly the clots. If you are having clots, aside from improper blood circulation, it can also mean…doesn’t have to but can also mean that you potentially have some polyps, some cysts or some fibroids that need to be addressed. Other times that I also see increased clots and heavy bleeding is during…or is when women have endometriosis.
So first and foremost it’s important to get checked and have blood work done to make sure that your estrogen levels are healthy and normal. So that’s ideally done on Day Two, Three or Four of your menstrual cycle, Day One being the first day of a full bleed, and so it’s important to have your blood checked and find out where your hormone levels are, your estrogen levels are to see if they are elevated beyond normal.
Additionally, if we are suspecting any abnormalities then we do want to have an ultrasound done so that we can see if there’s any, like I said, abnormalities going on or any blockages like the fibroids or cysts. You know you can’t typically see polyps but you may be able to see polyps if they’re larger in an ultrasound as well.
And then now the bigger thing is what do we do about it? Well first and foremost, if you find out that you have excess estrogen or higher estrogen than we’d ideally like in this stage of the game then the first thing is we want to support your liver to help the detoxification process. The liver is the primary organ that detoxifies excess hormones in the body, that estrogen would be one of those excess hormones, and so we want to support the liver. So you can take two supplements or two herbs if you will, you can do it in a tea or in a pill, one is milk thistle which is very supportive and regenerative to the liver, and the other is turmeric. And then the other thing that you can do is increase your water intake to help flush out the liver, and increase your dark leafy vegetables for the same reason because it is a detoxifier. And then if you do speculate or we do know that there is some sort of blockage because you’re having these clots then acupuncture is very beneficial for improving blood circulation and so is uterine massage. So it’s important to look at the whole picture.
But last but not least it’s important to speak to a fertility specialist like myself so that they can help guide you through that process, really determine what’s really going on and help create a plan to get you the end result that you’re looking for which, obviously in the end is to get pregnant and have a healthy baby.
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