Heavy Period with Clots

by Justyn
(Rapid City, SD)

Hi Amelia,
It took over two years to get pregnant with each of my two girls and we are now hoping to get pregnant again. I am 31 and in fairly good health. No chronic conditions or anything of note in my health history, except the infertility.

Each time I got pregnant before it was within two months of a drastic diet change. The first was a "detox" that removed all processed foods and we were eating fresh fruit and veggies, goat's milk yogurt, seafood and then eventually added other meats.

That was for about three weeks, then I ovulated and conceived. For the second baby, we had just switched from the standard American diet to following all Weston A. Price guidelines (no processed foods). We've been eating about 90% unprocessed for two years now. I don't eat many grains- mostly eggs, meat, raw dairy, veggies and fruit. We eat almost completely organic, and all animal products are from local farms and are free-range, hormone-free and very healthy.

For the last 5 months, we've been hoping to conceive. Our youngest is 17 months and I have had a regular period for a year. Regular for me has always meant very heavy bleeding for 4 days, followed by medium bleeding for 2 days and then one light day. I also always have clots the first few days and am just so exhausted and miserable that I can't function until day three.

My cycles are 29 to 30 days. I haven't been charting, but I do get some fairly good egg white cervical mucus around days 13-15. I am starting to chart with this cycle.

Along with hoping to get pregnant, I would really love to reduce the extreme bleeding every month and get rid of all of those clots. My guess would be that I have estrogen dominance, but I don't know much about it so I'm asking you.

Thanks so much!

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Heavy Period with Clots
by: Amelia Hirota

Hi Justyn,
I believe that you've diagnosed your heavy period with clots accurately. It would seem that you do have some degree of estrogen dominance. However, your overall cycle sounds pretty good and your diet sounds fantastic! What a dramatic change you made from the SAD (Standard American Diet) to a Weston Price (Real Food Diet) 2 years ago. Good for you!

I think that it's very interesting that you correlated your two pregnancies to the changes that you made in your diet. A nourishing diet is foundational to a good pre-conception program. Your body has probably gotten used to your healthy way of eating, so you might need to bump it up a few notches to clear this estrogen dominance and have a good ovulation.

Estrogen dominance often occurs in our 30's and after we've delivered a baby. With time our hormones can gradually get out of balance and pregnancies can throw us off, as well. In your case, these influences might have contributed to your heavy periods with clots.

The definition of estrogen dominance is too much estrogen in your luteal phase. Progesterone is then weakened and we see the lining shed prematurely or to excess with heavy bleeding and clots. Cruciferous vegetables are fantastic for clearing estrogen dominance. I encourage you to eat tons of cooked broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and brussel sprouts.

Secondly, I'd recommend that you eliminate sugar and all sweets from your diet ,as they interfere with having a strong ovulation. If you don't see some improvement in your periods with the increased consumption of cruciferous veggies and reduced intake of sugar after 3 months, I would recommend that you see an acupuncturist that works with herbs and/ or nutritional supplements, as you might need some targeted treatment to turn the estrogen dominance around. Good luck!

Sending your Spirals of Healing Energy,
Amelia Hirota, D.Ac.

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