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Q: As a woman in her late 30’s, I want to know if there’s a safe, natural way to delay or induce my menstrual period. For instance, if I have a heavy flow that I’m trying to reduce, or am going away on vacation and don’t want to be on my period, is there anything would you recommend for this?
A: When it comes to the menstrual cycle, that’s no easy topic to deal with. A lot of women want to control their cycles but don’t want anything hormonal. The only way to completely control/manipulate/adjust the cycle is hormonal. With that being said, for patients with heavy cycles, I always recommend loose red leaf raspberry tea. A cup a day (hot or cold) will keep the transfusions away. If you are consistent with it for about 60 days, the menstrual cycle will be significantly decreased or even be stopped.