A normal menstrual cycle usually counted from the when one-period starts, to the first day of the next period, varies among women occurring between 21 to 35 days and lasts 3 to 7 days. Menstrual Irregularities medically known as oligomenorrhea occur when the time between each period changes or the number of days periods lasts vary. It could also affect the usual flow by flowing either more or less.
Common Causes Of Irregular Periods
There are several factors that can trigger irregular periods such as:
For women experiencing irregular periods over 35, it may be as a result of perimenopause. Perimenopause is the months or years of hormonal transition leading to menopause. Technically, menopause would usually start when it’s been 12 consecutive months since your last period. Rarely do we find women who menstruate regularly until their period ceases abruptly. Hence, it’s quite normal for women to notice changes in their cycles five or ten years prior to reaching menopause.
Chronic stress levels can trigger an increase in cortisol level. The result of this cortisol imbalance leads to fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone and could cause a disruption in the menstrual cycle by affecting how the adrenal glands function, causing adrenal dysfunction. In this case, reducing stress by engaging in relaxing-related activities such as yoga, exercising, reading, meditating, watching television or hanging out with friends or family can go a long way in supporting adrenal health, which is essential to a healthy menstrual cycle for a healthy reproductive system. The adrenal glands also directly impact thyroid health.
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
PCOS is a hormonal imbalance condition closely associated with insulin resistance. Women with this condition usually do not ovulate regularly because, with PCOS, egg follicles form but they do not release. The most recommended remedy for PCOS is to shed excess weight especially belly fat. Women with a lot of belly fat usually have high levels of estrogen which is largely caused by improper consumption of carbs and refined sugar.
An overactive thyroid that produces too many thyroid hormones is called Hyperthyroidism. Many women with irregular periods or absent menses have subclinical hypothyroidism. Usually, if your thyroid hormones are not balanced such as with hypothyroidism, it can result in a wide range of symptoms, including irregular periods, depression, weight gain, and fatigue. All of these problems spring from hormonal imbalance. Fortunately, to balance your hormones naturally, there are several lifestyle changes that can regularize your hormones easily.
Being Overweight or Underweight
Anovulation is closely associated with body mass index. In the case of women suffering from obesity, body fat cells called adipocytes produce excess estrogen. Other the hand, women who are underweight lack sufficient body fat and may not produce enough estrogen or adequate cholesterol levels required to maintain and support the menstrual cycle. Equally, women who exercise vigorously have significantly lower levels of estrogen and higher testosterone levels due to low levels of body fat in key areas of the body, leading to anovulation. Sudden weight gain or loss, as well as malnourishment, can cause an irregular menstruation, as too much or too little estrogen is produced. Estrogen is vital for healthy bone formation, healthy gene expression, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and essential for a healthy menstrual cycle.
Medication and contraceptives
Birth control pills and contraceptives can alter your menstrual cycle. Equally, conditions such as endometriosis, uterine polyps and fibroids, chlamydia and gonorrhoea even prolonged antibiotic use can lead to irregular or heavier periods.
Natural Ways to Regulate Menstrual Cycle
Choosing to eat a healthier, more balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables rather than consuming carbs and refined sugar can help regulate ovulation and hence regulate the menstrual cycle. Include pineapples and papaya which are well-known to regulate irregular periods in your diet. The bromelain in the pineapple and papaya will help soften and break down your uterus lining. Also include herbs and species like; cinnamon, ginger, aloe vera, turmeric and cumin in your diet.
Regular, moderate exercise can help regulate periods. However, it is important to make sure the exercise routine is appropriate and not vigorous as this can interfere with the menstrual cycle. The key is to do develop a workout routine that helps release endorphins and maintain your body mass index.
Get a Fertility Cleanse
Fertility cleansing has been used as a natural way to keep the body healthy, free from harmful toxins and is one of the most beneficial things to do to assist in regulating your periods.
It is specially designed to help remove toxins and other chemicals from your body and make it easier for you to become pregnant. It also helps to cleanse both the uterus and the liver and helps the uterus to cleanse itself of old stagnant blood, and can also help to increase blood circulation to the uterus and tone/firm the uterus in preparation for pregnancy. Fertility cleansing is done through the use of whole herbs, which promote the fastest and safest cleansing of the body.
Other measures to regulate your period include:
- Changing birth control pills or contraceptives.
- Practice Yoga and Meditation.
- Manage stress
You can regain your natural menstrual cycle with just a few healthy dietary and lifestyle changes. Your cycles will normalize if you give yourself the right support. Imagine the relief of having a regular menstrual cycle.