What can I do if my menstrual period is not regular?
Some women suffer from amenorrhea, that is, the absence of a menstrual period, or from an irregular menstrual cycle. Once pregnancy, menopause and possible pathologies have been ruled out by a gynecologist, you should treat this dysfunction as soon as possible, and it can be done with natural remedies.
If your menstrual period is not regular, in this article we’ll review the possible causes and natural treatments for you to regain a regular period.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
The main cause of pathological amenorrhea, especially when menstruation has stopped for several months in a row, is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS, a condition that affects many women although they have not been diagnosed. It is often accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive, unwanted hair growth, acne, menstrual cramps, fertility problems or being overweight.
The most effective remedy to treat this disease is chasteberry or vitex agnus castus, an herb that has been traditionally used to prevent irregular menses and restore ovulation in women suffering from amenorrhea. It is especially effective to take chasteberry when the PCOS is accompanied by low levels of progesterone and prolactin, if that is our case.
You can take 200 mg of extract a day for at least 3 or 4 months and then assess the results.
There are natural remedies that help us, in general, to treat all types of hormonal disorders. In this article we will highlight one of the most effective, which is the Maca, an Andean root that is very beneficial to the health of women.
This root is available in tablet or powder form. The powder form is more suitable if you want to better control the dose you take, and it is recommended to start with a little amount and gradually increase it, because it can be very energizing and in some cases, can cause nervousness.
- As a shock treatment you can take from 6 to 9 grams daily.
- The maintenance dose is 3 grams per day (about one level teaspoon).
In some cases where amenorrhea has no apparent cause and you have not previously had any hormonal disorder, you should then analyze your intestinal health, because there have been some cases in which the bowel is inflamed and it directly affects the ovaries.
Thus you should naturally treat this intestinal disorder and then wait at least a month to see if your menstrual cycle becomes regular.
You should follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, legumes (beans), whole grains and nuts, adding some special foods that act as laxatives like flax seeds or prunes.
When we have ruled out the above causes and have not yet found our own, we must consider the emotional and nerve issues that can have a big impact on our body. If we are experiencing severe problems in our life due to family or work issues, or other reasons, and if we suffer from other symptoms of stress such as insomnia, indigestion, anxiety or irritability, etc. then we recommend taking a natural supplement with relaxing properties, such as the following:
- Melissa herb (also known as lemon balm)
- Passion flower extract
- Linden flower tea
- Valerian root tea
We can also take Bach flower extracts, that will help us alleviate any emotional problem naturally.
Chamomile infusions are an ancient and economical remedy to combat amenorrhea and irregular menstruation cycles. Take three cups a day for at least a month. This medicinal plant also helps us to naturally treat menstrual cramps.
Parsley has many health properties and is rich in minerals such as iron; in addition it also stimulates regular menstruation. The best way to benefit from its properties is by consuming it raw, daily adding it to our recipes. There is even a famous Arabic salad made of parsley. If finely chopped you can use it to dress salads of all kinds, or even include it in sauces. Finally, we can also add it as an ingredient to the famous and healthy green smoothies. These shakes are very beneficial to the liver, an organ that is directly related to menstruation, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, because it acts as a blood purifier. For this reason, if we take care of our liver we will also be regulating our menstruation cycles.