Having dark, clotty periods is a sign that things aren’t quite right. It indicates that the blood that is coming out during your periods is old and has been sitting around for far too long. Chinese medicine typically describes it as blood stagnation. For you, think of it as blood not moving out quickly enough or easily enough during your monthly.
The thing is… dark blood is common with endometriosis. It explains why your body might want to push it out which also explains the intense pain you might experience with having your monthly period.
Here’s the thing… I want to show you how to think of this and help your body have beautiful, red periods that don’t hurt, aren’t clotty, and flow at a nice moderate pace and volume. Yes, we call it the perfect period! So, how can you achieve it?
Understanding the reason for dark, clotty periods
I have already eluded to this earlier but essentially there is a stagnation of blood moving out of your body. Think of it like a river that has slowed down and how the water becomes murky and thick. So, why would this be happening with your body?
- You aren’t moving enough and essentially encourage the blood flow into and out of your abdomen.
- Your uterus is sitting at a funky angle, making it very hard to actually push the blood out.
- Your body is dehydrated on some level. This could simply be from not drinking enough water or because it is lacking in nutrients.
What can you do about it?
Drink enough water
Coming back to my description of blood flow is like a river.. we want to be sure to make your blood as vicious as possible. This means drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Think of clearing and cleaning your blood with every sip you take!
Cleanse your body
We can support our blood quality and ultimately what comes out of our body each month. The first step is to look at how to improve the quality of your blood. Think of foods that are red and nutritive and you’ve got your answer! So, fresh beetroot juice, nettle tea, and molasses are your secret tools to improve your blood quality and function.
Next, you want to look at how you can better support your health by minimising the toxins which are showing up on your period pad each month. Hey, that is a direct reflection of what is going on inside your body and it is a great guide to see how healthy your insides are! This does largely come back to what you are eating but sometimes we also need to look a little deeper and see what we can do to support your liver, digestive system and kidneys.
Reposition and encourage movement
One of my favourite tools I highly recommend to my members is to use a form of massage to encourage circulation but also to reposition the uterus into the right position. When your uterus is sitting tilted or is facing backward or frontward, it makes the job of releasing your menstruation so much harder and so much more painful!
This can easily happen when you have endometriosis or have experienced a great fall when you were younger. You’d be amazed at how many women with endometriosis have fallen and landed on their coccyx or fallen off a horse, during gymnastics etc.
By massaging and creating circulation to the abdominal area, we can become more familiar with our uterus and realigning it to the right spot. Mayan massage or Arvigo massage is one of my favourite tools to do this as it is also very spiritual and healing.
I encourage you to have at least one session with a trained practitioner but then, feel free to follow along with my YouTube video on how you can do the Mayan Massage yourself.
The good news with having a monthly period…
Here’s the thing. I know you probably don’t really look forward to your period each month but there is a distinct advantage to having one. You get to see what is going on inside of your body through the health of your period. It is a sign of what is happening. Dark, dirty and clotty blood is telling you that things aren’t quite right, while red, bright and easily flowing blood is a sign that things are much better. Allow your period to become your guide, your challenge each month on what you can do to improve your health.
Just take it one month at a time and experiment with different tools and ideas to see what works for you. This healing journey can be an adventure.
So, what can you implement this month?