Bleeding During Menopause
When menopause hits, our monthly menstruation cycle starts to change. While some women will experience bleeding, others will experience very little and very heavy days. Blood clotting can be a symptom too, and for the most part, it’s nothing to worry about. If the blood clots are unusually large, seek medical attention. Bleeding during menopause is a natural occurrence and process during this phase. You may experience changes in bleeding, like lighter and lighter periods, and then all of a sudden have heavy bleeding. Believe us, it is always when you least expect it! So, the best way is to be prepared and maybe even expect it.
This is just the stage in which the body phases out of its once normal menstruation cycle and subsides to the calm cycle of menopause. If the symptoms are unpleasant, you can find natural ways to soothe them here.
Menopausal Bleeding Causes
Menopause extends over an extended period of time signifying the end of the menstrual cycle. The end of the menstrual cycle isn’t an abrupt ending as many women will attest to; menopause transitions the cycle of ovulation and menstrual bleeding to come to an end which means that bleeding will continue while adjusting to the new phase of life without the menstrual cycle. The shedding of the endometrium will continue into menopause, but a thick or heavy bleeding indicates a hormonal imbalance.
During the climacteric (Greek term for menopause), ovarian hormone production becomes more irregular. Similar to entering puberty, the hormones shift to introduce the new phase of menopause. The transition continues to trigger a period or periodic spotting which typically follows ovulation, though, ovulation will eventually cease during the phase of menopause, until, at last, the cyclical bleeding also stops.
During this hormonal transition, the uterine lining has not completely dissolved as it does during a regular menstrual cycle. Then, you may release left overs during the course of menopause which may seems to be blood clots.
Symptoms of Menopause Bleeding
Symptoms of climacteric bleeding vary from woman to woman. They also change over the course of menopause. Symptoms can range from mild spotting to very heavy bleeding, sometimes containing blood clots or appearing as intermenstrual bleeding.
The intensity of the bleeding, ranging from mild to heavy, is a result of hormonal changes. For example, bleeding may be very mild (often referred to as spotting) if ovulation and uterine lining are not fully formed. In turn, bleeding can be quite heavy when the cycle has fully initiated ovulation and uterine lining, possibly also flooding older remnants of mucous membranes.
Menopause Bleeding Terms
Endometrial atrophy – When the uterine lining, called the endometrium, becomes too thin from low hormone levels, light bleeding occurs.
Endometrial hyperplasia – When the uterine lining becomes thick from high estrogen and low progesterone, bleeding can also occur and feel unpleasant. It is advised to seek medical attention if you think you are experiencing Endometrial hyperplasia.
Prevent Menopause Bleeding
Bleeding, spotting, bleeding or heavy bleeding are all part of menopause and need not be prevented. The menstrual period will eventually stop and sometimes takes a long and even irregular amount of time to do so.
However, when women suffer from severe discomfort, gentler and natural remedies are often sought out to mitigate the stressful manifestations of unpleasant menopausal bleeding.
Naturally Healing Herbal Tea
As a natural remedy for heavy bleeding, herbal supplements have proven to be a more holistic and gentle approach. This requires a bit of discipline, because you have to take the preparations over a longer period of time.
For example, in the field of phyto-therapeutics, chaste tree (Agnus castus) is often used as a balancing effect on gestagens, progesterone receptors.
Another herbal remedy history points to is lady’s mantle, yarrow and shepherd’s purse which all are known to soothe hormone imbalances. These medicinal herbs have been used for many centuries to accommodate heavy bleeding and can also be taken as an aromatic tea. Lady’s mantle and yarrow also have an antispasmodic effect, say the old herbalists.
Herbs & Tea
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As part of Ayurvedic therapy, women with menopausal bleeding can also try a holistic treatment concept for themselves. The entire female body is seen and addressed as a unit. According to the Indian teaching of life, the uterus is one of the largest cleansing organs of the body which is why heavy bleeding during menopause is quite justified.
Ayruveda practices support the balance of hormones by daily consumption of fresh aloe vera juice (Kumari) to specifically prevent heavy bleeding. Those who already suffer from severe or irregular menopausal bleeding can also find relief in cooling abdominal massages for a mitigation.