Effective Home Remedies For Irregular Periods
Irregular periods are often caused by certain factors and can be a symptom of something more benign.
Irregular periods are often nothing very serious. Because your period doesn't come when you expected it doesn't mean you should hit the panic button just yet. And you are not alone either. Most women experience this phenomenon at some point in their lives. There are homemade remedies for irregular periods. However, if it becomes too recurrent then maybe you can hit the panic button just a bit and head straight to your doctor's office.
What are irregular periods?
Twenty-eight days is the average menstrual cycle. Typically, you start counting from the first day of your period to the first day of the next. Therefore, if the time between your periods is always changing, causing it to come sooner or later than expected, then you can be said to have irregular periods. But note that if your periods fall between 24 to 38 days, then it can be said to be regular.
What are the causes of irregular periods?
Different things can lead to irregular periods. Here are some of the common causes of irregular periods.
- Having an intrauterine device: It is shaped like a "T" and a bit bigger than a quarter, an IUD fits inside your uterus. It prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching and fertilizing eggs.
- Changing birth control pills or using certain medications: Hormonal contraceptives all contain a small amount of man-made estrogen and progestin hormones. These hormones work to inhibit the body's natural cyclical hormones to prevent pregnancy.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): This is a hormonal disorder. All bodies need male and female hormones to work right. But a woman with PCOS has too much of the male kind. This leads to irregular periods.
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism): If you have hyperthyroidism, it means your thyroid is overactive and produces too much of a hormone called thyroxine.
- Uterine fibroids: Uterine fibroids are benign lumps that grow on the uterus.
Homemade remedies for irregular periods
These remedies listed below won't cost you a lot.
Ginger and Turmeric
Ginger and turmeric can be found in most Nigerian supermarkets, fresh or powdered. They are known for their antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in regulating hormones. Studies have shown that taking 750 to 2,000 mg of ginger powder during the first 3 or 4 days of your period has been shown to be an effective treatment for painful periods
Though a seasonal fruit in Nigeria, pineapples are easy to find when in season. Plus they are not expensive. Pineapples contain bromelain. Bromelain softens the uterus lining and helps in regulating your periods. It is said to also have pain-relieving properties, effective in combating menstrual cramps.
A healthy dose of vitamins per day
There are many sources of vitamin D. You can get vitamin D from supplements or from the sun. It could also be added to dairy products and cereal like cornflakes or oatmeal.
A 2015 study suggested that taking vitamin D helps in regulating menstruation. For women with PCOS, another study found that vitamin D is useful in steadying irregular periods. Vitamin D has other health benefits like weight loss and depression.
It is well documented that exercise has many health benefits. But especially for women with PCOS, whose periods are irregular, healthy aerobic exercises helps a great deal.
Besides, exercise helps keep you in shape. And since overweight women are more open to irregular periods, exercises help women in this category.
But, it is also important to find a balance between too much exercise and not exercising enough. Too much of exercise may end up messing with your menstrual cycle.
Practice meditation and yoga
Yoga has other health benefits apart from reducing emotional stress that comes with menstruation. In addition, it helps people with anxiety and depression and women with dysmenorrhea.
Find a quiet place at home for meditation. This helps with stress relief. Sit down straight with hands resting on your knees, focus on the sound of your breathing. Extend the duration as you settle into the process.
The aforementioned are home remedies obviously. Trust your instincts and listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you believe that your irregular periods are a symptom of something more benign, don't hesitate to see your doctor.
Lastly, when looking to buy a prescribed supplement, make sure you buy from reputable sources and follow the instructions.