Question : I'M in my late 30s. There are blood clots in my menses. Are they caused by poor blood circulation? I have an acne problem too.
Answer : WOMEN with heavy menstrual periods commonly complain of passing blood clots. All blood will clot and it is not unusual for menstrual blood to clot within the uterus.
When bleeding is heavy or brisk, the clot within the uterus may come out before it has dissolved. There may be less tissue fluid and endometrial components in the menstrual discharge. If you are having prolonged and heavy periods, seek a doctor's advice.
The herb chaste tree can help to balance the progesterone and oestrogen levels, thereby alleviating irregular cycles and heavy or frequent periods.
Supplement your diet with evening primrose oil which is a rich source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
A regular intake of GLA has been shown to ease problems relating to skin and women's menstrual cycle.
Incorporate in your diet antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Beta-carotene and the minerals selenium and zinc will help improve your skin condition.
Beta-carotene, vitamins C and E are important components for skin repair. Vitamin C is needed to form collagen. Zinc helps to normalise oil production from sebaceous glands and prevents scarring.
A high intake of fruits, vegetables, soya, flaxseed oil, seaweed and whole grains is essential for a healthy skin. Regular exercise has shown to improve skin problems.