5 Simple and Natural Remedies to Regulate Irregular Periods

The menstrual cycle can play a huge role in many women’s lives. A regular menstrual cycle happens every 24 to 32 days and will last on average for 4 to 6 days. Symptoms of an irregular period may include missing three or more consecutive cycles, spotting in between cycles, or if it happens with a gap of a different number of days each time. There are many reasons why someone may be experiencing an irregular period, such as hormonal imbalance, (see our guide on holistic medicine for hormonal imbalances) Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and lifestyle changes such as stress or diet. Many seek a natural remedy for irregular menstruation as it can be effective and preferable to depending on other options like birth control which can cause negative side effects.

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Read on to find out 5 simple and natural remedies for irregular periods.

What Herb is Good for Irregular Periods?

Herbs can be provided by a naturopathic herbalist and are one natural remedy that can serve as a natural treatment for irregular periods. Here are some of the best herbs for irregular periods:

  • Vitex

Vitex is a herb used for many years in traditional medicine, especially for women’s health. It’s one of the most popular herbs in naturopathic therapy for period regulation as well as helping with hormonal balance and reducing PMS symptoms. It works by stimulating the release of luteinizing hormone, which can help to encourage ovulation and in turn helps regulate your menstrual cycle. Vitex also helps to raise progesterone, a hormone that is partly responsible for bringing on a menstrual bleed.

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  • Peony

Peony has a long history of use for menstrual regulation. Along with Vitex they are currently the only two herbs that promote progesterone levels.

What Foods Help Regulate Periods?

Your diet plays a significant role in the health of your body. Having a healthy naturopathic diet plan is important and unhealthy eating habits may even be a cause of irregular periods. When you consume a lot of things like fast food, alcohol, and processed foods, it can cause a hormonal imbalance in the body which in turn can cause an irregular menstrual cycle. Below are some of the best foods that can help to stop regulate irregular periods:

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  • A Balanced Diet

Be mindful of what you eat, and make sure your regular diet is not short of things like green vegetables, fruits, and foods that provide you with complete nutrients. A balanced and healthy diet that gives you plenty of nutrients will help to keep your hormone levels balanced which will keep your menstrual cycle regular.

  • Vitamins

Consuming your daily dose of vitamins will help with a healthy period. Vitamin D can help to regulate your period, especially in people with PCOS. You can find Vitamin D in some foods such as oily fish like sardines or salmon as well as from sun exposure or herbal supplementation which also provide a natural treatment for irregular periods.

Which Tea is Best for Irregular Periods?

  • Ginger tea

One of the best teas for irregular periods is ginger. It’s a popular home remedy and consuming ginger tea regularly can help with regulating periods, as well as facilitating hormonal balance. Not only that but ginger also contains gingerol which can help to reduce inflammation in the body. You can try drinking a glass of hot ginger tea combined with lemon juice and honey for an extra taste.

Before opting to try these natural methods, it is very important to first identify the root cause of your irregular period so you are well-informed on what will be the best course of action for you. If you’re looking to try herbal or natural remedies and are looking for guidance, get in touch with Naturopathic Wellness!

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