Menstruation

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By Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH
January 14, 2019

Do you have patients that experience Primary Dysmenorrhea (PDM)? Up to 90% of menstruating women in the United States experience PDM1 which is defined as pelvic pain directly before or during menstruation in the absence of a known pathology.1

Conventional treatment options for PDM include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and oral contraceptives (OCs).1

NSAIDs are generally safe when used in low doses for short time periods, but toxicity increases with increased dose and duration of the drug.2 In just a few days of use,...

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By Tori Hudson, ND

Heavy menstrual bleeding is one of the more common gynecological reasons why women see their healthcare provider. The experience and results of heavy menstrual bleeding can greatly impact quality of life. There can also be blood loss that leads to iron deficiency anemia, which can result in mild to severe fatigue as well as changes in cognition, exercise tolerance, dyspnea and heart palpitations.

In addition to effectively treating this condition, it’s important to determine the underlying cause of the heavy menstrual bleeding (defined as greater than 80 mL per menstrual cycle)....

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