Natural Home Remedies for Regulating Periods

A menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of a period to the first day of the next. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, but this can vary from woman to woman, and month to month.

Your periods are still considered regular if they come every 24 to 38 days. Your periods are considered irregular if the time between periods keeps changing and your periods come earlier or later.

You should see your doctor if:

  • your period suddenly becomes irregular

  • you haven’t had a period for three months

  • you have a period more than once every 21 days

  • you have a period less than once every 35 days

  • your periods are unusually heavy or painful

  • your periods last longer than a week

Here are some home remedies that may help regulate your cycles:

YOGA & MEDITATION
Stress is one of the primary causes of hormonal imbalance in the body that triggers irregularities in menstruation. Meditation and Yoga can ensure perfect hormonal balance in the body. These two are the most effective methods for controlling irregular periods without medicines.

WEIGHT

Women who are overweight are also more likely to have irregular periods, and experience heavier bleeding and pain than women who are at a healthy weight. This is due to the impact that fat cells have on hormones and insulin.

EXERCISE

Exercise has many health benefits that can help your periods. It can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight and is commonly recommended as part of a treatment plan for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which can cause menstrual irregularity.

SLEEP

Increased levels of melatonin — the hormone that regulates circadian rhythms like sleep and ovulation — improve progesterone production, increase pregnancy rates, and help regulate the menstrual cycle. Increase Bright Light Exposure During The Day. Reduce Blue Light Exposure in the Evening. Don't Consume Caffeine Late in the Day. Reduce Irregular or Long Daytime Naps. Try to Sleep and Wake at Consistent Times. Take a Melatonin Supplement. (credit)

SUPPLEMENTS and DIET

  • Low levels of vitamin D may increase your risk for period irregularity. Taking a daily vitamin D supplement may help regulate your menstrual cycle. B vitamins may also help reduce PMS and regulate menstrual cycles.

  • Drinking 1/8 cup (15 grams) of apple cider vinegar a day may help regulate menstruation in women with PCOS.

  • Both ginger and cinnamon may help regulate menstrual cycles and reduce menstrual bleeding and pain. It may also help treat PCOS.

  • Pineapple is a popular home remedy for menstrual issues. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that is an anti-inflammatory that may soften the lining of the uterus and regulate your periods, though this hasn’t been proven.

  • Aloe vera helps treat menstrual irregularities naturally by regulating your hormones. To get the best results, extract fresh aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf, mix in one teaspoon of honey and consume it daily before having your breakfast.

  • Irregular periods can be caused by an iron deficiency. Try eating foods high in iron (spinach, salmon, beans) and foods high in vitamin C (peppers, kiwi, berries) that help the body absorb iron.

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Michael Hickey