According to one study, “chronic iron deficiency” can be a cause of heavy bleeding. Hence, it’s possible that your low iron levels could be causing your heavy flow.
To remedy this, you can talk to your doctor about taking iron supplements, or you can naturally add iron in your foods.
Examples of iron-rich herbals which you can add in your meals are:
- Parsley, Thyme, and Marjoram.
- Dried seaweed or spirulina
- Green peas
Of course, don’t forget the other foods that have a lot of iron in them such as fortified breakfast cereals, oysters, and chicken liver.
Take in more vitamin C
Taking more vitamin C might also help stop heavy periods naturally. According to studies, vitamin C can “help reduce heavy bleeding,” so you might want to add more of it to your diet. Another benefit of vitamin C is that it aids in iron absorption.
Examples of herbals that are rich in vitamin C are:
- Bell pepper
- Oranges and dalandan
If you’re worried about not getting enough vitamin C in your diet, consult your doctor for the best vitamin C supplement for you.
Consider vitamin A
According to reports, vitamin A can “normalize menstrual blood loss.” Herbals with high amounts of vitamin A are:
- Sweet potato
- Red bell pepper
Another one of the home remedies to stop prolonged periods is to take ginger.
One study found out that taking ginger capsules can “dramatically decline” the level of menstrual blood loss.
The researchers investigated the effects of ginger capsules on high school girls who experienced heavy menstrual bleeding. There were a total of 92 participants and the investigators divided them into 2 groups. One received the placebo capsule and the other received the ginger treatment.
Results showed that the decrease in blood flow that the ginger-receiving group experienced was significantly remarkable than the one experienced by the placebo-receiving group. They also reported that a “minimum number” of subjects mentioned the occurrence of adverse effects.
Important note: Don’t forget to talk to your doctor first before using any kind of herb to help your condition.
Natural Lifestyle Interventions
And of course, aside from the herbals mentioned above, you can also take the following steps:
- Drink more water. Due to heavy bleeding, you may experience a decrease in blood volume. Hydrating can help you maintain your blood volume.
- Apply icepack. In times when your menstrual flow is especially heavy, place the icepack on your tummy for 20 minutes several times a day.
- Cook on cast-iron skillet or pot. Reports say that using a cast-iron skillet or pot can help increase your iron intake. Just don’t overdo it as you may get too much iron.
Talk to your doctor
Finally, apart from the home remedies to stop prolonged periods, the best advice is to seek medical help. The doctor will be able to determine the root cause of your heavy menstrual flow by performing some tests. With proper diagnosis, you’ll receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
Learn more about Women’s Health here.