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Why Does Zinc Supplementation Cause Excessive Menstrual Bleeding

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 03, 2013 at 9:29 PM

When I don't supplement with zinc, I have light periods that last about four days. This is how it's been for years. When I supplement (50mg daily) I have very heavy periods that last a full seven days. This is incredibly unusual for my body. Why does zinc have this effect?

What's most confusing is that zinc is recommended to women to lighten their flow. I've had difficulty searching for an answer to my query on Google because every single item about zinc and menstruation is about how supplementation will help lessen bleeding.

What gives? Why do you suppose zinc works the opposite for me?

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on July 04, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I had the same question. Zinc competes with copper for the same receptors, so people usually supplement with zinc only a few times/week. What's the health issue that requires you to supplement so much more?

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on July 04, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Oh wow, how helpful. I'm sure she would have never thought of that. *eye roll*

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on July 04, 2013
at 01:10 AM

That does sound odd? Is there a specific reason you're supplementing zinc? Were you zinc deficient?

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on July 04, 2013
at 04:12 PM

Hey Hannah, that's strange. The only thing I can think of is that copper IUD's can cause the same thing, something about copper increasing the thickness of the uterus wall. Zinc and copper are antagonists so if you take a lot of zinc it will push copper out of the soft tissue.

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on July 03, 2013
at 10:30 PM

I advice you to ask doctor for help, he/she will know better. Good luck.

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on July 04, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Oh wow, how helpful. I'm sure she would have never thought of that. *eye roll*

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