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Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual Disorders

Menstrual disorders is an umbrella term used to describe a range of symptoms that can accompany a woman’s menstrual cycle. Whilst most women experience some kind of discomfort during their cycle, for others crippling menstrual cramps or a missed and irregular periods can start to affect quality of life

Symptoms that fall under the heading of menstrual disorders include:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Sharp pains in lower abdomen, sometimes shooting into the back and legs
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Excessive menstrual bleeding
  • Missed or irregular periods


Contributory factors

Hormonal imbalance – The menstrual cycle is run by a delicate balance between the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone. If the relative levels of these hormones become disrupted it can lead to painful or irregular periods. Imbalances in female hormones can be detected by A Comprehensive Female Hormone Profile. 

Low thyroid activity – An underactive thyroid can cause both heavy and irregular periods. Typical low thyroid symptoms include; constipation, cold hands and feet, weight gain and depression. If you think hypothyroidism may be a factor in your condition you might want to consider A Thyroid Test.

Nutritional imbalance – Certain vitamins and minerals are needed to keep hormones levels even and ensure the correct amount of menstrual blood flow. In addition women who regularly experience very heavy periods are likely to become deficient in nutrients such as iron, due to increased blood loss. A poor diet, stressful lifestyle or use or certain medication can lead to nutrient deficiencies. This can greatly exacerbate menstrual symptoms. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be identified using a simple test. If you are suffering from heavy periods on of the contributory factors to this can be a lack of iron which can be checked by your doctor or An Anaemia Profile could be ordered here or a full NutrEval Health MOT could be ordered to check not only vitamins and minerals but also amino acids, fatty acids and oxidative stress too. NutrEval MOT Health Test .

Body weight – Problems with weight, both too much and too little, can cause menstrual disorders. It is not uncommon for female athletes or women with a very low body weight to miss periods or stop having them altogether. Overweight women may also suffer from irregular periods and both extremes of body weight can compromised fertility. Smart Nutrition could help you to make appropriate changes to your diet to help you achieve a healthy weight and rebalance your menstrual cycle. Book A Consultation.

Stress – When we are under stress, regardless of the source (danger, personal relationships, work, environment) our adrenal glands are designed to secrete the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a direct impact on the sex hormones oestrogen, and progesterone. Eating disorders, inappropriate dieting, drug use, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine, smoking and alcohol are also interpreted by the body as kinds of stress. If you think stress may be a contributing to your menstrual problems, an adrenal stress test can help pinpoint precise imbalances. These imbalances can then be targeted with the help of Smart Nutrition. When the body is better able to deal with stress it also become easier to reduce reliance on external stimulants such as caffeine, smoking and alcohol which can also interfere with menstrual health. An Adrenal Stress Test.

Underlying disorders – Menstrual abnormalities may also be caused by an underlying medical condition. Common culprits include PCOS, Fibroids, and Endometriosis. If your cramps are incapacitating, your bleeding is excessive or you have missed three periods or more you should consult your GP.