Here is my issue. I have been diagnosed with PCOS. I take birth control pills. When I have my cycle it is so bad I have to stop living for about ten days. I bleed so much I am weak, and almost suicidal this week. (I would never do that tho) but it is such a bad place to be. When I go off my BCP my cycle never stops and last time I had to get a blood transfusion. So itís kind of crapped if you do and crapped if you donít. I do realize my diet is horrendous, and I am changing that starting today. I need to lose about 100 pounds and I am hoping that will fix my problem, combines with my eating change. Has anyone delt with something like this? What foods can I eat to make this better?
P.S. I bought Alissas ebook, and I am reading it now.
I wrote this post earlier, now it is 1:30 in the morning and I woke up crying because again the bleeding happens. I really need some advice, doctors dont help, the er dont help, i am at my witts end.
Eating 100% raw will help with the bleeding issues. How much it will help depends on your body. Eat raw. Avoid soy products. Aim to ditch the bcp eventually. See if you can find a naturopath locally and ask Aleesha about fasting. She's away at the moment but will be back soon.
i know from studying / using herbs YARROW stops bleeding externally and internally
i once got hit causing a bloody nose that was bleeding for an hour and i then took a handful
of yarrow leaf / foilage and rubbed it into my face / nose and minutes later bleeding stopped .
its also a warming tea used in cases of chills
also ide build iron up , juicing beets , eating raisins , dark greens , adding fresh parsley to juicer
and obviously ingesting as much raw plant foods as possible as theyre no doubt healthiest ,
raw plants and water just like cave people ate = cant be improved upon .
if they woulda ate what we eat we'd be extinct by now
Consume more leafy greens for the vitamin K. It helps with blood coagulation. Deficiency of it leads to thin blood and increased bleeding. An intolerance to wheat gluten is related to coagulopathy as well, where there is an increased issue of blood. You might check for celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
This isn't as simple as getting bleeding to stop though. We're not talking about a bleeding nose. This is hormonally instructed bleeding.
I understand that and I am speaking to it from the point of view of what was learned through the doctoring of women in my family with the same issue related to both K and coagulopathy.
I don't deny that weight loss or diet change will affect hormones in a positive way and in turn help the issue. Gluten disrupts hormones. vitamin K can help with menstrual bleeding.
I know they don't like linking to other places but maybe this will be helpful to Just Bananas...
Eating high raw and doing vigorous cardio daily has cut my bleeding down from a very heavy 7/8 days to a light 2 days. It does gradually start lengthening again if I go off of my regimen. I have endometriosis which is different from what you're dealing with but it's very possible improving your diet a lot and exercising could help you as well. The cramping, nausea, water retention, weakness, cyclical acne has all improved about 80 or 90% too. It used to be horrible and disrupt my work schedule and home life.
The changes I made in my diet were drastically cutting down on meat and processed foods, drinking a lot of fruit and green juices, daily green smoothies and salads and basically living off of mostly raw fruits and veggies with a small amount of grains, nuts, and fats. I still eat cooked oats or beans or occasional eggs and meat, but usually never more then once a week. I also eat junk once in a while, but as long as I stay high raw and work out vigorously most days of the week my symptoms don't come back.
I also agree with michigan roman that building up your iron is important as well, in fact under your circumstances I would personally take an iron supplement while going vegan until you get things under control or at least get your iron checked regularly to make sure it's ok, mine was always low on a high meat diet and is even lower on a high vegan diet so I supplement to keep my levels right. You're losing a lot of blood.
Thanks everyone for your input: I have been about 75 % raw, I eat raw snacks and breakfast and lunch, and a vegan dinner, I hope to cut that soon!
Originally Posted by blissrunner
Regular RFT-ers won't be surprised to see me, yet again, pointing towards that oh-so-essential organ of the body (the largest, second only to the skin), namely the Liver:
Efficient liver function is important to assist in keeping levels of hormones at appropriate levels, since the liver can break-down hormones which have served their purpose and are no longer required at the present time.
Regular RFT-ers will also not be in the least surprised at me mentioning that there are certain toxins which are capable of interfering with endocrine function, one of the most potent of which is Hg (mercury), which can seriously influence levels of progesterone, for example, some related discussion on which can be found here:
...but there are certainly many, many others in these days of increasing environmental pollution and industrial and pharmaceutical production of synthetic compounds. Certainly worth considering.
In either case, I'd suggest you start looking at potential source of toxicity in your life history and start nurturing the health of your liver and your colon (poor colon/bowel function is often very closely interrelated with poor liver function, as they rely upon each other).
I'm guessing there are numerous other health symptoms which you haven't mentioned, which, as a cluster, may provide valuable clues as to what exact processes may be leading to your hormonal/menstrual issues.