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Menstruation Problems and Parasites


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I have one healthy child. I’ve had two miscarriages and 1 stillbirth. I’m not infertile, but my babies only survive for about three months in the womb. As a 39 year old woman, I’ve made peace with my past, but it’s upsetting now to think that my menstrual cycle problems and infertility issues could have been resolved through a simple parasite cleanse every six months.

 

Before I say anything else, it’s important that you know that you should NEVER take wormwood during pregnancy.

 

Wormwood, the most potent anti-parasitic herb is unique in that it’s an emmenagogue. It facilities menstrual activity, clearing up female menstrual cycle problems. Even though it facilitates menstrual activity, that doesn’t mean that it will make you have extended menstrual periods, heavy periods, or cause you to get your period before it’s due. Rather, it will help regularize your periods. Before doing our parasite cleanse, I was getting my period every two weeks. This was odd for me. Normally my cycle was between 25 and 32 days. I was waking up at night having night sweats around 3:00 AM every night. I thought perhaps I was going through menopause. After we realized that we had intestinal parasites and we started taking the wormwood concoction, I could tell that I wasn’t going to get my period in two weeks like I had been. It was like my hormones came back after having been absent for several months.

 

My 15 year old daughter’s periods had been affected by intestinal parasites too. She started skipping periods which was strange for her. Her cycle was very regular at 27 to 30 days normally, but she didn’t get her period for 6 weeks or not at all sometimes. Shortly after starting our cleanse, she got her period (on schedule). It was a little heavy, but nothing out-of-control considering that she’d skipped her period for a month and a half.

 

Wormwood is often prescribed by herbalists to regularize periods and simply help women with menstrual problems. It’s possible that the stuff works because it also rids the body of certain types of parasites that have made their way up into the uterus and fallopian tubes, hijacking normal menstrual activity and hormone balance. For several years prior to our parasite cleanse, I’d used Vitex Berry (also known as Chaste Berry) to keep my periods regular. Vitex Berry is supposed to be especially helpful to women after menopause, but as a pre-menopausal woman, it was just helping me keep my periods regular. Vitex did a good job for a long time. If I stopped taking it, I would have cycle problems and my periods would come at unexpected times. But once this parasite infection set in, Vitex did nothing for me. And honestly, I didn’t expect for wormwood to help me as much as it did. I took it four to five times a day along with other herbs, which is recommended if you don’t know what’s causing frequent menstrual periods or other menstrual cycle or reproductive issues. Read my article called Treatment for Parasites to take a look at the herbal recipe that I used to get rid of intestinal parasites that were causing my menstrual cycle problems.

 

Ironically, wormwood can cause an abortion if taken during pregnancy. If you suspect that you have parasites and you’re pregnant, consider taking Diatomaceous Earth rather than wormwood to cleanse your system. I’ll address infertility issues in my next article, Infertility and Parasites. If you think you may have parasites affecting your menstrual cycle or reproductive organs, read this article called Treatment of Parasites.

 





4 Responses to “Menstruation Problems and Parasites”

  1. candi says:

    This is a great article! I have been having these weird symptoms for about a month and everytime i PUT my symptons in parasite infection comes up. Everymonth around my cycle my legs, buttocks and face hurts. My cycle has been coming on like 5 days earlier than normal. I had a 21 day cycle and I am getting it like every 15 or 16th day. my face is shrinking and my eyes have dark sunken circles. It feels like my legs are on fire and they are also shrinking. I even went for an Hiv test twice which was negative. I definitely see a correlation between my cycle and my illness.Do you think this could be due to a parasite? How can I know which one and how to treat it?

    • Jennifer Smith says:

      Hi Candi,

      There are three really common parasitic worms that can infect the intestines: hookworms, roundworms, and pinworms. An infection with any one of these can all be treated with the same medication: either pyrantel pamoate or an herbal treatment of wormwood, black walnut, and cloves. In most countries around the world, parasite cleanses are normal and people do them once or twice a year whether they think they have an “infection” or not. In fact, the word “infection” is kind of misnomer in that people think they need to obliterate the parasites in their body. In reality, a parasite “infection” is actually just an “over-population” of these little beasts. You don’t want to get rid of them completely, but just create more balance among the various populations of parasites, bacteria, and viruses, etc. in your intestines and digestive tract.

      Those are interesting symptoms that you’re describing and I’m curious to know whether you’ve had any success at getting your periods back on track by doing a parasite cleanse. One important questions is: how old are you? Irregular periods can start happening in the mid-30’s. Doctors will often prescribe birth control pills to “fix” this problem, but birth control pills can cause a whole new set of problems (cancer, weight gain, need I list more?). I’ve had a lot of success using Vitex Berry, Black Cohosh, Evening Primrose Oil, and/or Maca Root to keep my periods regular. I’m 42 years old right now and after the major parasite cleanse that I did years ago, I had to take Vitex Berry for a little while to get my periods to stay regular. Vitex can take 1-2 cycles to start working, but it’s AMAZING stuff! Every woman should know about it.

      If you’re having irregular periods, try Vitex Berry first. It can regulate periods if they’re too close together AND if they’re too far apart. No one really understands exactly how Vitex works, but I tell you IT DOES.

      If your periods are too close together, you can add in a dose of Black Cohosh too.

      If your periods are too far apart, you can add a dose of Evening Primrose Oil.

      Maca Root is another herb that helps maintain normal periods. Right at the moment, I take Maca Root every day because it’s more widely available in Mexico than Vitex Berry. It works really well! But I hope your periods stabilized with just anti-parasitic treatment!

      As far as the other symptoms, I’d be interested in knowing if they resolved following a parasite cleanse or not. And thank you so much for you comment!

  2. Eve says:

    Hi, how can parasites make their way into uterus and other female reproduction sites? I am two weeks late but with period pain. Had blood tests all normal. Just had ultrasound all normal except fibroids but not causing blockage. The menstruation blood can been ready to shed but its not coming off. Now I have for 4 weeks started a parasitic detox as I believe they are partially responsible for my leaky gut – 12 yrs ago I had a liver flush and passed hundreds of worms but too a large dead roundworm? Looked like a garden worm protruding halfway through a bog fermented green hollow ball. I am taking liquid PCC Herb ViPlex im in my fouth week but forgot to take it a few days during these weeks and haven’t stepped up the dose to 20drops 2x day yet still on ten drops twice a day. I read Wormwood can interfere with menstration. It makes sense it also contains green walnut hulls and cloves. PLEASE tell me how to flush out these parasites possibly blocking my menstral flow. Also would the Parasites have been seen having the ultrasound they used a special tube Inserted to look inside of vagina. Grateful for your help.

    • Jennifer Smith says:

      Hi Eve!

      I’m honestly not sure if an ultrasound can pick up the presence of worms. Probably you have parasites and in fact, you would want to have SOME parasites in your gut. The aim of treating a parasite infection is never to fully obliterate them but rather to create a balanced intestinal flora. Intestinal worms are part of a healthy gut environment. Without them, people can develop serious allergies!

      I hear what you’re saying about leaky gut and you might be right. It seems that an over-population of parasites could definitely contribute to all kinds of digestive problems! The Standard American Diet is a big contributor too though (fast foods, processed foods, refined sugars, refined salts, trans fats, msg etc.) along with the over-use of antibiotics. If you’re suffering from leaky gut syndrome, consider changing to a mostly fruit and vegetable based diet. The Paleo Diet isn’t a bad choice if you’re a carnivore. Use Sea Salt instead of refined salt though. Refined salts can contribute to chronic inflammation in the body. Sea Salt has a more balanced configuration of minerals than refined salts and so it’s less problematic in terms of inflammation.

      Wormwood actually BRINGS ON menstruation. When I skip a menstrual period, I take wormwood and sometimes it does help! That’s why you should never take wormwood if you’re pregnant or hoping to become pregnant. Probably the parasites aren’t “blocking” your menstrual flow. Rather, the parasites might be sucking up all the nutrients from your food and then your hormones aren’t functioning properly as a result. Or the lack of adequate nutrients in the body is causing the body to retain the menstrual lining. There may not be any worms in your uterus at all, but if you have a large population of parasites living in your intestines, they can cause all kinds of imbalances in your body. Heal your gut using anti parasitics like wormwood, black walnut, and cloves or you could buy pyrantel pamoate and take one dose (according to weight–it tells you the correct dose on the outside of the bottle) for 3 days once a month for 6 months. Don’t take more than the recommended dosage because it won’t do any good. You may have to take repeated doses over the course of several months because the parasites shed eggs and then you become re-infected from your home environment. For example, pinworm eggs are tiny. They fly around in the air. Hookworm eggs end up in soils and on the ground, they’re absorbed through the skin. Roundworm eggs are ingested and they’re everywhere. The thing is though, it’s pretty normal to be in contact with these eggs and to be have a population of parasites living inside the intestines ALL THE TIME. By taking repeated doses of the anti-parasitics, you’ll bring the population back into a state of balance with all the other things that live in your gut (bacteria, viruses, etc.). Work toward general good health by following a healthy diet and avoiding fast foods, highly processed foods, refined sugars, and refined salts and that will help a LOT toward getting a more balanced intestinal flora to develop and stay put (I speak from experience on this one)!

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