Irregular periods are so common that you will find every other woman going through this problem which makes knowing how to get regular period important.
Irregular periods is not an uncommon issue among women. In medical terms, the not-so-regular period is called oligomenorrhea. To understand what irregular period means, you need to know what a normal regular period means. A normal period cycle remains within the range of 21 to 35 days and normal menstrual bleeding can be as short as 3 days and as long as 7 days.
If the length of your period cycle keeps changing, then you have irregular periods. For instance, sometimes the length of your period cycle is 22 days and sometimes 30 days. This means your periods aren’t regular. Your period may come late, early or might not come at all for few months.
Few symptoms of irregular periods are spotting, bouts of heavy bleeding, too frequent periods and missed periods. They are mostly due to hormonal imbalance that can be treated. Most of the time menstrual cycles are irregular in the first few years after periods begin and also when a woman is about to get her menopause.
Don’t get all worked up if you are having irregular periods all of a sudden. Mostly it is harmless. It is okay if you miss period once in a while. It doesn’t mean it is something serious. If it is happening on a regular basis, you should see a gynecologist or treat yourself with these natural methods.
1. Change your diet
Let’s begin with the most basic thing that is your diet.
- Make sure you are taking adequate amount of omega 3 fatty acids as they help to facilitate the flow of blood which might be obstructed due to high cholesterol, obesity or smoking. It also increases the level of dopamine enhancing your mood which might go bad around this time.
- Avoid white foods because most natural foods are not white. If they are white, it means they are processed and highly unhealthy. If you want your menstrual cycle to be regular, make sure you don’t take white bread, white potatoes, white sugar, and white flour. They elevate the level of insulin which increases storage of fat which in turns makes your period irregular.
- Did you know plant proteins help to promote fertility and balance hormonal level? Add hummus, soy chips, hard boiled eggs, cheese, peanuts, walnuts and almonds in your diet.
- Make sure you are taking enough vitamin D as it helps to regulate your menstrual cycle. Eat vitamin D rich food like egg yolks, salmon, tuna, dairy products, and cod liver oil. Also, make sure you are taking enough sunlight.
- Not just chocolate but dark chocolate can be good for balancing your menstrual cycle. Dark chocolate contains an ingredient called flavonoids which functions like estrogen and facilitates blood circulation. It prevents platelet clumping and smooths out blood flow. It also increases the level of dopamine enhancing your mood. It is recommended to eat dark chocolate which is 70% cocoa solid. However, eating too much will make you put on weight and make you have irregular periods.
- Add celery stalk, parsley and ginger to your diet as they all belong to the family of emmenagogues which stimulates blood flow that induces periods.
Are your periods late or the flow happens to be light? Ginger will not only help you get rid of menstrual cramps, but it also regulates your menstrual cycle. You can have raw ginger or drink ginger tea. Ginger works by expanding the uterus and allowing the blood to flow easily. This amazing herb also balances hormone levels which is a major cause of irregular periods. If you are planning to take ginger tea, have it 2 to three times a day. Drink ginger tea when your due date is around.
- To prepare ginger tea, take a cup of water.
- Add a teaspoon of grated ginger to it.
- Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Strain the solution and enjoy your tea.
- Have ginger tea once in the morning and once at night after your meals.
Parsley falls in the family of herbs known as emmenagogues which are well known for stimulating blood flow. Women have used this herb throughout history to cause abortion or prevent pregnancy. It is myristicin and apiol in parsley that helps to contract uterus and thus allows smooth flow of blood. Drinking parsley tea can prove to be helpful in case of delayed and irregular periods.
- To prepare parsley tea, take a cup of water and boil it
- When the water comes to boil, add a quarter cup of parsley in it
- Allow it to steep for 5 minutes
- Strain the solution and enjoy your cup of parsley tea.
- Drink 2 to 4 cups a day and don’t exceed the recommended dose.
Cinnamon is a good way of increasing body heat which helps to induce menstruation and reduces menstrual cramps. Cinnamon also contains antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory qualities. It contains hydroxychalcone which keeps a check on insulin levels which controls the menstrual cycle.
- To prepare cinnamon tea, take a cup of boiling water.
- Add one and a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
- Let it stay for some time and then add a tea bag to it.
- Add some sugar and stir.
- Now you can enjoy your cinnamon tea.
- Sip slowly and have it every day.
- You can also sprinkle some cinnamon in your daily cooking.
5. Coriander Seeds
Just like ginger, coriander seeds also contain emmenagogue qualities which trigger menstrual flow which makes very effective for late or missed periods. It also helps to give you relief from the annoying menstrual cramps.
- Take two cups of water and boil it.
- Add one teaspoon of coriander seeds.
- Boil till it reduces to one cup.
- Now drain the liquid and drink.
- Start drinking this few days before your due date.
- Drink three times a day and repeat for few months.
- Make coriander juice and drink it every day for a couple of months.
6. Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices
Fresh vegetable and fruit juices are highly effective for getting your period back on track. Consume fresh juices on a daily basis to actually notice the effects.
- Carrot juice is packed with iron and is a very simple way of treating irregular periods.
- Similarly, a glass of sugarcane juice is also highly effective. Drink it daily for one to two weeks right before the due date of periods. It will keep you from missing your periods and regulate it.
- Lemon juice is also a good choice as it is full of vitamin C which stimulates periods. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder to fresh lemon juice.
- Aloe Vera Juice will have instant effects if your periods are late.
Apart from these juices, it is also a good idea to incorporate pumpkin seeds, drumsticks, beets, lettuce and corn in your diet.
Unripe papayas are great at getting your menstrual cycle back to normal. They not only function as emmenagogue but also contain anti-inflammatory qualities that help to give relief from menstrual cramps. Papaya contains calcium, iron and carotene along with vitamin A and C. These nutrients work together to trigger muscle fiber contraction of the uterus and lay off tension from the uterine walls. Papaya is believed to be specifically good for irregular periods caused by stress and menopause.
- Take a raw papaya few days before your due date of period.
- Cut the fruit into small pieces.
- Take one tablespoon of yoghurt and add it over the fruit pieces.
- Take this as a breakfast or eat it in the evening as a snack.
- Simply drink papaya juice for a couple of months. Make sure you don’t drink papaya juice during your periods.
8. Nettle tea
Are you having periods too frequently or bouts of heavy bleeding? Nettle will help you not only have lighter periods but also timely ones. Having periods too frequently can be extremely annoying and uncomfortable. If you want you simply make a soup out of stinging nettle leaves, have it as a supplement or simply enjoy nettle tea. Raspberry tea can also do the trick.
- Take 2 cups of water and add a cup of nettle leaves to it.
- Allow it to boil.
- Let it simmer on low heat for a few minutes.
- Allow it to steep for a few minutes, but if you want stronger tea, then let it steep longer.
- Strain it and the tea is ready to be enjoyed.
- You can add a bit of sugar if you want.
Turmeric is a commonly used cooking spice that is known for increasing body heat and regulating menstruation. It also helps the hormones to find the right balance to stimulate periods. Its anti-inflammatory qualities give relief from menstrual pain.
- Take a cup of water and add one teaspoon of turmeric.
- Add some honey or lemon to enhance the taste along with some ice.
- Take a glass of water.
- Add half teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of jaggery powder to it.
- Stir well.
- Drink 2 times a day, 2 weeks before your due date.
Many women simply neglect physical exercise and think rest is what they need. Did you know it is lack of physical activity that can cause delays in your period and also trigger heavier ones? It doesn’t matter what form of irregular period you are whether delayed periods or too frequently, you need to exercise.
When you exercise on a regular basis, muscles in your uterus relax and control the flow of blood. The endorphins that are released during exercise will reduce your stress, cramps and get over the moodiness.
However, do not overdo it as it can make your period irregular. You can do 20 minutes brisk walk, light abdominal exercises and aerobics. Exercise will not just keep you fit but your menstrual cycle will keep running in a certain pattern.
Apart from these ways to get regular periods, minimize stress in your life and strike a balance in yourself emotionally and physically. In case, your menstrual cycle used to follow a set pattern and suddenly it’s shifting, then it is better to talk to a gynecologist.