Dear Dr. Passero: Since some months ago I have been haveing problems with my period. I started bleeding heavely and my period lasts for 13 days. I went to the doctor and he gave me 10 days treatment of progesterone and he said that I will be ok. My periods are still lasting 6-8 days and I am wondering if I can take Wild Yam pills to help regulate my hormones? Thanks in advance for your attention and help. I will be looking forward for your response.


Often times in cases where women have prolonged bleeding it is an issue with low progesterone, that is why your doctor prescribed the 10 day course of it..  Progesterone helps to maintain the uterine lining and this is why it is such a crucial hormone during pregnancy. 

Wild Yam would not be my first recommendation.  I would instead suggest natural substances that promote the optimal production of progesterone.  Evening Primrose oil can help to balance estrogen/progesterone levels and often helps with many symptoms associated with the hormonal changes that occur in a women’s body each month.  

Another very valuable herb is Chaste Tree Berry, also known as Vitex.  Vitex is thought to influence the maser hormone gland in the brain and can promote increased output of progesterone, which as you experienced can help to reduce bleeding time if it is excessive. 

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