Is the Master Cleanse Safe for Women who are Menstruating?

The Master Cleanse is clearly known to affect menstruation largely from thicker heavier flows.

Stanley Burroughs, inventor of The Master Cleanser, doesn't specifically say one way or another that the cleanse is safe for menstruating women but he had a special tip regarding lemon skins and the effects on menstrual periods:

Blend a part of the lemon skin and pulp with the lemonade in a blender for further cleansing and laxative effect. (Note: commercially procured lemons may have had their skins dyed with yellow coloring and may have been subjected to poisonous insect sprays— be sure to peel off the outer skin if you cannot get uncolored, organically grown lemons.) The properties in the lemon skin also act as a haemostatic to prevent excess bleeding and to prevent clotting internally should there be any such prevailing condition. (Don’t worry— normal conditions will continue during menstrual periods.)

When considering this tip, one can infer that he felt the master cleanse was perfectly safe for during menstruation.

Common Effects of The Master Cleanse on Periods

  1. Early and Late Periods: Can come early. While on the cleanse their menstrual cycle started at a different time of the month than usual
  2. Heavy Periods: If it is heavy, but you are not feeling tired, a lack of energy or weak due to the heavy flow, then also, don’t worry. Many women report discharges are often darker and heavier, but only temporarily.
  3. Missed Periods: Not commonly reported.

Tips for Master Cleansing and Menstruation

Bad Cramps? Try taking a little more than one-half teaspoon of cayenne, and  put it on the back of your tongue, and take a drink of lemonade. The cramping has been reported to stop instantly while producing an immediate elimination afterwards helping with with menstruation cramps.

If your problems don’t go away after a couple days off the cleanse, I would see a doctor. If they do go away, you might want to consider putting yourself on a health-restoring regimen for several months.

19 thoughts on “Is the Master Cleanse Safe for Women who are Menstruating?”

  1. I do the master cleanse 2-3 times per year for anywhere between 14-34 days at a time depending on my discipline levels. I have never had a difference in my menstral cycle until now. This is over my 20th cleanse & it lasted 30 days before I began coming off it. I have been off the cleanse since December 10th & my menstral cycle started on December 3rd – it is now December 19th (16 days!!!) & I am still on my period with a very heavy flow & cramps, very unusual. My cycle is usually 3-4days and very light. This is a scary experience & I’m going to see my Dr. tomorrow to clarify the details. I had no idea this may be a side effect of the cleanse until my sister told me about it today. I will hopefully have answers tomorrow & that this is not something to worry about:-/

  2. I am on day 4, having actually gotten my period the night of day one. Worried about cramps but stuck with it. I put all the pulp of the lemons in my lemonade and i have been completely fine.

  3. I read the MC book and Stanley B actually did mention that women should not start the cleanse while in their period. Not sure what edition you read but I know he did mention this.

  4. I was suppose we to have my menstrual Period next week after my 10 days master cleanse was over and I got my period a week early on my seventh day of cleansing.. I always get really bad cramps I had to stop and eat something to take a pill. Cramps felt really bad then how I usually get it. And I was flowing very thick.. is this normal?

    • I have heard it can be heavier, but you’ve introduced a few more variables, (eating, the pill), so you can’t accurately monitor your reactions. This is why exclusion diets (fasts are so powerful), you eliminate causes of how you feel.

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