5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Period

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Ladies, ladies, ladies…as much as you may hate periods, there are some things you may or may not know about them. Menstrual blood, for instance, is actually pretty cool. In fact, the stem cells found in menstrual blood are more powerful than those found in bone marrow. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Menstruation is a part of life for women. From the time a woman gets her period until menopause, most women dread that time of the month. It isn’t fun, it’s expensive (tampons and pads, which are basic necessities, are taxed), and you can experience different health symptoms.

 

 

Here are some interesting period facts that you may have been unaware of until right now.

#1: Cramps Aren’t Normal

Even though you may think it is normal to have them, it isn’t. Cramps can indicate that there’s something else going on in your body, for example, that your estrogen count is high. Or maybe you ate too much sugar, which triggered the inflammatory response. If you have a fibroid, cyst, or something irritating the uterus, which could also be the cause of cramps.

 

#2: Don’t Blame Sugar Cravings on PMS

Some women have the urge to go for chocolate or foods high in carbs when they menstruate. This could mean that you have low progesterone levels, and progesterone is the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. You may want to get some blood work done to check your progesterone levels. A healthy woman’s body requires adequate intake of foods rich in vitamin B6 in order to produce enough progesterone. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include walnuts, bananas, beans, spinach, fermented soy and potatoes.

 

#3: Tampons Contribute to Bacterial Infections

Tampons can cause bacterial infections, including vaginal dryness or the rare toxic shock syndrome (TSS). This is because tampons are made up of material that certain bacteria like. A good alternative may be a menstrual cup, which is a reusable cup that collects period blood. Pads are also a viable and can sometimes be a less toxic option (stay away from bleached cotton). Think about it.

 

 

#4: The Days Before Your Period Mimic Pregnancy

The body is preparing for pregnancy in the days leading up to your period. This means that the body secretes certain hormones such as progesterone. If you’ve ever felt bloated or have had tender breasts, it is because your body isn’t used to that sudden hormone rush. You can counteract this by avoiding alcohol or caffeine in the week leading up to your period. Both of these can fluctuate your mood and hormones, so avoiding these can help keep you level. Additionally, you can eat omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseeds or walnuts are highest) to balance mood and keep your brain healthy.

 

#5: Insomnia Should Be Looked Into

If your period causes you to have insomnia, it may be because you have a very low amount of progesterone. Proper progesterone levels help you sleep, so you may need to get your progesterone levels checked by a health practitioner.

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Related Questions

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    Q: I am a 28 year old women who's period is 6-7 days long. I don't have any heavy bleeding or extreme cramps. I heard that my period should only last 1-3 day. Is this correct? And if so, what do I need to do to achieve a 1-3 day period?

    A:

    Your answers lie in the article "The Myth of Menstruation" located in our articles section. Herbally, I suggest you perform the Dherbs.com FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE.

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    Q: Hello, I am toward the end of Full Body Cleanse. I got my period 3 days ago..very strange thing happened. I used to have very heavy period with big blood clots...but I don't have this at all this time!! What is this mean? Does this mean that my blood is cleansing? I am happy...but I need to know what is going on. I have a fibroid. I bought fibroid formula so that I can take them after Full Body Cleanse.

    A:

    Your menstrual cycle is regulating itself as impurities and toxins are removed. Now that you are near the end of your cleanse, your body is returning to its normal, optimal state, which includes your menstrual cycle and symptoms.

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    Q: Hi, about 4-6 months ago I performed a full body detox, followed up by the 10 day bowel cleanse. Ever since that detox program my periods have changed. Now when I have my period the first day I feel very faint (and sometimes do faint), and feel my energy drain from my body. I proceed to get sick, throw up often, and sweat profusely. I never had cramps before and the levels of cramps I experience now are violent. Is this normal? I never experienced any of this until my detox. On the plus side, my period is more timely, and has changed colors as you said to a more oxygenated color. I'm assuming that I'm on that path to healing, but if there is something I can do to move forward I'd appreciate your advice. Getting sick like this scares me, but also not looking very good with my employer.

    A:

    Please read our articles "HEALING CRISIS" and "IS THIS NORMAL?" Your body is simply regulating itself. Take 3 capsules of MOON CYCLE FORMULAdaily and drink 1-2 cups of FEMALE HEALTH TEA daily. The MENSTRUAL ABDOMINAL OIL will also help.

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    Q: I am female of 51 years, with no period for 15 months now. I found a pea type blood filled cyst, or clot that came out of my vagina. I've had blood cyst in my ovary, but it has dissolved. Yes, I am happy this came out of me. Is this normal?

    A:

    If it came out of you then it is very normal for you! The body works on your behalf.

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    Q: I have purchased and started your FULL BODY DETOX (FBD) but I need your advice. I'm a so-called diabetic, I'm not overweight 5'9" 140lbs. I've read many of your articles including the one titled "Can I take my medication with FBD?" The first day I started the detox, I didn't take my meds and all I ate was fruits and veggies but my blood sugar was higher than it had been in a long time...356 to be exact. So I stopped and started this week, while taking my meds and it's still been higher than normal...in the 200's range. I understand that you stated that the herbs would be working against the meds since they're considered poisons in the body. My concern is this, I want to continue to cleanse my body but I don't want my blood sugar to stay out of control for an extended period of time...for obvious reasons. My question is, what do you suggest I do in continuing this cleanse? Will the FBD regulate my blood sugar levels over the next 2 weeks as my body begins to repair itself? Or should I continue taking my meds until I'm done with the cleanse? I plan to do the pancreas cleanse next. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Peace

    A:

    Like we clearly and unequivocally explain in so many of our articles, the body is and will regulate itself and you will see this via fluctuation. Levels will be up and down and inconsistent. Your body is going to heal in its own way so if you are concerned about high levels for extended periods of time, you may want to take your meds and refrain from taking the herbs until your levels reach a level you feel safe with. You know, religion is not the only thing that requires faith. Healing requires faith too!

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    Q: Is it normal when your first menstrual period is black? If no, what is cause and possible healing? Secondly, when I pressed my nipples something like pimples usually comes out. Can this hinder conception?

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    From what you have described, you are greatly toxic, and really need to give your body a detox. I recommend that you first perform our Full Body Detox, followed by our Total Woman Cleanse. Your female reproductive system is also taxed. Please consider changing your diet: less meats and dairy products as well as refined grains. Eat more fruits and vegetables. After detoxing, consume daily our Calcium Phosphate (3 caps daily), Moon Cycle Formula (3 caps daily), Iron Phosphate (3 caps daily), and Female Health Tea (1-2 cups daily).

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
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    Calcium Formula
    Moon Cycle Formula
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    Q: Hello I have been taking the fibroid cleanse for 11 days now i am also doing the Strick Vegan diet. within the 11 days i got my period but did not notice any difference still had a heavy flow & cramps. after my period was gone about 4days later ( and this actual moment) i have been having sudden but yet quick piercing pain on the right side of my abdomen. ( i dont know what that means) questions: 1. should i be feeling any kind of cramping feeling on my abdomen? 2. should i have been still having a heavy flow? 3. can i continue w/the fibroid cleanse after the 20 days? 4. how soon should i go see my GYN doctor for an ultra sound, MRI or cat scan to see if there has been a change? Thank you in advance.

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    The symptoms associated with the breaking down of the tumor can vary as everyone’s body is different. Some people experience heavier or lighter menses, cramps, increase in discharge or no symptoms at all. You should continue with the cleanse until it’s over and perform some of the natural remedies listed in the book, especially the castor oil packs. The same amount of time it took for the tumor to develop should be considered for the breaking down of the fibroid. You can repeat the cleanse or continue with the Fibroid Formula depending on the size of the fibroids. We suggest giving your body a chance to process the changes, getting an ultra sound only monitors the size of the tumor. The diet that you should be following is raw vegan. It’s important for your body to benefit from the foods within the diet. Cooking foods takes out the nutrients and enzymes that are beneficial to our bodies, so eating food in it’s most natural state is best.

    Please take time to read the following articles: 

    Fibroid Tumors - http://www.dherbs.com/articles/fibroid-tumors-33.html

    Uterine, Ovarian, and Cervical Tumors and Cysts - http://www.dherbs.com/articles/uterine-ovarian-cysts-150.html

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    Q: I am writing to you because I recently had my blood checked for hormone levels, it turns out I am producing more of some male hormone in large amounts. I think its called the DHAEs, in any case the endocrine specialist says it could be cysts on my ovaries or a tumor in my adrenals that is making my count 163 where a normal woman produces this hormone at a 79 count, of course I am not claiming any tumors, and I asked her to send me back to the lab to "retake" a sample...before I go back, I would like to try regulate the glandular function with your help and see if the results differ.

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    HMMM, DHAE OR DE-HYDRO EPI-ANDROSTERONE IT'S CALLED AND IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUE BECAUSE THE HORMONE "ANDROSTERONE" IS UNISEXUAL AND BOTH SEXES OR GENDERS PRODUCE IT BUT IT'S REALLY A FEMALE HORMONE BUT HAS BEEN GIVEN OR ATTRIBUTED TO MALES TO BALANCE WOMEN HAVING 2 HORMONES: PROGESTERONE AND ESTROGEN, AND SO NOW MALES HAVE TESTOSTERONE AND ANDROSTERONE. WELL, CLEARLY A HORMONAL IMBALANCE AND DENOTES A DEFICIENCY WITH THE ENDOCRINE SYSTEM. RARELY, I WOULD AGREE WITH THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST IN THIS CASE BECAUSE DHAE IS PRODUCED IN AND SECRETED BY THE ADRENAL GLANDS. BUT YOU SEE, WHETHER OVARIES OR ADRENALS, YOU ARE DEALING WITH "GLANDS" AND IT STILL POINTS TO THE HORMONAL OR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM SO FOR SURE WE KNOW THE PROBLEM IS HERE WITH THIS BODILY SYSTEM (ENDOCRINE OR HORMONAL). FOR SURE ... I MOST DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND. WITHOUT A DOUBT I AM SUGGESTING THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE AND THE ADRENALIZER FORMULA (REMOVE ONE OF THE FORMULAS FROM THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE THAT YOU FEEL YOU DON'T NEED AND SUPPLEMENT WITH ADRENALIZER FORMULA.)

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    Q: My question is regarding fibroids. I have been told I have had fibroids about the size of someone 3 months pregnant. I have been told there are two in clusters. They gave me the diameters, but I don't have that information at this time. My OB/GYN has told me he believes it is causing me to be slightly anemic. I have been trying some remedies on my own like more exercise and a change in diet. My primary physician does not recommend surgery she has me taking iron ferrous sulfate supplements twice per day to help with my iron count. It seems to be helping. The only problem I have with taking the iron supplements is that it sometimes causes constipation and I am normally pretty regular. I usually eliminate 2 times per day sometimes 3. My OB/GYN on the other hand keeps pushing for me to having surgery.& amp; nbsp; They had me take BC pills, however I took myself off of them because they made me sick. I took them only for 6 months. I'm 45 and have never taken BC pills ever and I don't want to start now. I've never been pregnant. I flow heavy on my 2nd and 3rd day heavy and after that it is manageable. My cycle has improved however I want to reduce the flow on those days if possible and of course dissolve the fibroid if at all possible. Doctors tell me they won't go away unless removed. I used to be on my cycle for 7 days and 4 of those days were heavy. Now I'm normally on for 4 days and only the 2nd and 3rd day are heavy. I know that as I reach menopause they may shrink in size, however I'm still aways off from that. I eat no red meat however I do eat fish and poultry. I eat a pretty good balance of vegetables and fruits, mostly raw and steamed. I drink lactaid milk. I don't eat much dairy except cheese and eggs occasionally. I do have a weakness, I love potato chips. I know this is not good. I can feel the fibroid get bigger when I eat them. When I stop for a period of time it decreases in size. At least I feel like it does. I'm not a sugar craver, however during the week before my cycle I'll crave sweets. I usually resist. I feel it's my diet that has caused the fibroids as well as every female in my family has had a hysterectomy due to fibroids. I think it is also hereditary as well. Whatever the case I'd like to know what regimen can you put me on that will help me? The goal is to reduce or dissolve the size of the fibroid so it is not affecting my iron level. I'm also starting to see my abdomen get bigger when I've always had a flat stomach. Perhaps this is me just getting older, however I think it's the fibroids. Constant low levels over time can't be good. I hope I have provided you enough information to give me your recommendation. If not please feel free to e-mail me for any additional information you need. I'm looking for a natural cure. Outside of this condition I'm in very good health. No problem with weight, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I'm pretty athletic and active as well. Please advise. I look forward to your recommendation.

    A:

    I remember just recently e-mailing you on this inquiry. Your diet MUST CHANGE! Consider full fledged RAW FOODS and VEGAN diet during your healing transition. Lactaid milk is HORRIBLE for you. Did you read our â€FIBROID TUMORS†article?????? You need to keep on performing FULL BODY DETOX followed by Fibroid Buster kit and regimen, back to back! Continuously! Detoxing must become a lifestyle for you! For iron, consider Dherbs.Com IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA and MOON CYCLE FORMULA. Also, consider a telephone consultation because time is greatly limited in writing back in response to inquiries. There is much healing for you, Beloved!

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    Q: IT SEEMS THAT THIS PERIOD I HAVE BEEN BLEEDING FOR 3WEEKS. I GENERALLY BLEED FOR 7DAYS. THE LAST TIME I BLED FOR 3 WEEKS+ WAS IN 2004. THE DOCTORS PUT ME ON BIRTH CONTROL PILLS TO REGULATE MY HORMONES. I TOOK THE PILLS FOR 2 MONTHS AND STOPPED, THE PILLS DID REGULATE MY PERIOD, AND FROM THEN ON MY PERIOD WAS REGULAR 7DAYS. I DID NOT WANT TO CONTINUE WITH BIRTH CONTROL PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY CAN MAKE FIBROIDS LARGER. I AM UNSURE OF WHAT I CAN DO TO CESSATE THIS BLEEDING

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    1. Detox first with the Full Body Detox.

    2. Follow up the FBD with the Total Woman Cleanse (TWC).

    3. Drink plenty of our Female Health Tea.

    Perform all of the above and watch your period regulate itself.

    Your situation can be healed! Do you believe this?

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    Q: I am a 38-year-old Black woman, and my husband and I want to have a baby. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which has caused me to be infertile. My egg count is very high, and my husband has a good sperm count. My Fallopian tubes are open. My body just doesn't produce enough progesterone. I have taken two rounds of clomid, and I did ovulate both times; however, I didn't time it correctly, so my husband and I didn't have intercourse at the right time. I would really prefer to pursue a natural route to getting pregnant. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks in advance for your help! Rasheda

    A:

    We recommend doing with the Full Body cleanse to detox your body of waste and toxins that often contribute to health ailments like such. In doing the cleanse, you're detoxing all of your major organs giving your body the reset it needs to function properly. Your body is more receptive to healing itself when your overall health is in a better place. Move on to The Female Cleanse to specifically help aid with the conditions of PCOS. After addressing the PCOS you can move on to the Fertility Cleanse to help with conceiving if you're still experiencing difficulties.

    Please take time to read the following article: 

    Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome –

    http://www.dherbs.com/articles/poly-cystic-ovarian-syndrome-431.html

    Product links:

    Full Body Cleanse - http://www.dherbs.com/store/full-body-detox-p-1.html

    The Female Cleanse - http://www.dherbs.com/store/total-woman-cleanse-p-197.html

    Fertility Cleanse - http://www.dherbs.com/store/fertility-cleanse-p-230.html ]

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    Q: I have Bacterial vaginosis (bv) and I only have a discharge and I am about to be on my cycle I know that tampons and pads are not good cause of the chemicals it can leave. Is there any pads or tampons that are natural or don't have chemicals that can harm any bacteria for my vagina?

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    We list alternative brand pads in Dherbs ALTERNATIVE DIET AND LIFESTYLES MANUAL. Brands off hand include Natra-Care (which I highly endorse) and Seventh Generation.

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    Q: My wife is interested in taking natural progesterone to balance her hormones. Is this something, that is ok to take?

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    Look for a natural progesterone cream at a good health food store like Whole Foods Market. You could also take 3 capsules of Wild Yam Root daily.

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    Q: I have been experiencing irregular menstrual cycles. Sometimes I come on my period two to three times a month. I just had a biopsy which was negative.... Thank God. I need to know what herbs would you recommend for irregular bleeding.

    A:

    You need to first perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. After these cleanses, take daily FEMALE HORMONAL FORMULA and MOON CYCLE FORMULA.

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    Q: What is the normal period of time before products like Jack Rabbit start to regulate bodily functions as prescribed, thirty days?

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    It all depends on the person. It varies! 1 day, 5 days, 7 days, 15 days, etc. Every "body" is different! If there's a circulation problem, it could take longer, but the herbs will always work and nourish the body.

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    Q: I am currently on medication to stop my menstrual period to shrink fibroids. How do I find out if there are any adverse drug interactions between the medicine and the herbs taken for the detox?

    A:

    I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW; DO NOT MIX HERBS WITH MEDICATION (DRUGS) BECAUSE IT DEFEATS THE PURPOSE. MEDICATION IS POISON AND HERBS REMOVE POISONS FROM THE BODY. REMEMBER, GOD ORDAINED THE HERBS FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS (REVELATION 22:2) AND AS FOR USE AS MEDICINE (EZEKIEL 47:12). NOT DRUGS! YOU CAN NEVER HEAL THE HUMAN BODY WITH DRUGS BECAUSE THE BODY IS ORGANIC AND THE DRUGS ARE INORGANIC AND THUS THE BODY CANNOT ASSIMILATE ANYTHING INORGANIC. STOPPING THE MENSTRUAL PERIOD IS DANGEROUS! THERE ARE FUTURE RAMIFICATIONS FOR DOING THIS. YOU ARE GOING AGAINST YOUR NATURE!

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    Q: I had irregular bleeding for the last 2 months, my menstrual cycle is like every 10-15 days, One or two days of clotting and a little heavy. My last period was normal and was in the 21-day cycle. I also have an IUD with coil, not hormones! For past several months I have had an extreme craving for ice.

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    SIMPLY KEEP ON DETOXING AND PERFORMING THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. FOR IRON ANEMIA TAKE OUR IRON PHOSPHATE FORMULA AND FOR CONSTIPATION TAKE BOWEL MOVER.

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    Q: I am trying to get through this period hoping that my eczema will improve soon. I bought some Vitamin E oil which helps a bit but it is very uncomfortable and irritated and has been for the past 5 days or so on both my face and neck.

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    ANSWER: Vitamin E is crap (soybean oil). Use olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or some other natural oil.

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    Q: A friend of mine took her 7 year old daughter to the doctor because she had noticed something rare in her underwear. The doctor informed my friend that her daughter was starting her period. The doctor prescribed her hormones but to really think about it before she started her daughter on the hormones. I suggested to my friend that she shouldn't do it. Which is why I decided to check out this site. I know that now in days a lot of our food is contaminated with hormones. Could that be a reason why her daughter is starting her period at such a young age? Any type of inforamtion would be grately appreciated. 

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    We would recommend for her daughter to drink the Female Health Tea, a cup a day. Nature is taking its course and all you can do now is to get in tune with it.

    Poor diet may be the reason why she is going through puberty at such a young age. It's probably too late to try and stop her period but it is never too late to start eating healthy. She needs to stay away from animal products and processed foods. Her diet should consist of mostly fruits and veggatables.

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    Q: I have been taking your herbs for 6 months now. My issue is I have a 3-5 day period and day 1 and 2 my period is heavy. I have never had a heavy period until I moved with my mother and 3 nieces and nephew a little over a year ago. I feel it is a metaphysical reason I am having these problems. I do not have any children of my own and I have never been married. I am 36 years old. Plus I eat mostly a raw food and vegan diet. My period started when I was 10 years old. What would you advise?

    A:

    IT IS MOST DEFINITELY METAPHYSICAL. YOUR ENERGY HAS SYNCHRONIZED WITH THAT OF YOUR MOTHER'S AND NEICES. THE MENSES DENOTE CLEANSING SO A HEAVY MENSES MEANS YOUR DUMPING OFF THE TOXIC ENERGY OF ALL AROUND YOU, THAT'S ALL. YOU'RE TAKING IN ALL THE ENERGY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE. THE FULL BODY DETOX AND TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE IS GOOD FOR YOU TO FACILITATE THE CLEANSING PROCESS. BUT ALSO, MEDITATION, YOGA, READING POSITIVE MATERIAL, ETC.