What is an Irregular Menstrual Cycle?
The average menstrual cycle for a female is 28 days, but it can vary from person to person for several reasons.
You should put all worries aside if your cycle ranges from about 24 to 38 days, given that lifestyle changes tend to push your periods by a couple of days. But, if the timeline of your cycle keeps changing every month, it is either time for you to find the cause or try these home remedies to help your cycle get right back on track!
What could be causing the irregularity?
There might be a variety of reasons why you could be experiencing irregular cycles, such as lifestyle changes, medication, or stress.
Irregular periods are termed as ‘Menorrhagia’, and the observable symptoms are prolonged periods, heavy flow, or a menstrual cycle that simply cannot be tracked. Although a change in date on rare occasions should not raise alarm, you should consider a visit to your gynecologist in the longer run.
Let us take a deeper look into the various causes of irregularity:
Medications: Anti-inflammatory or hormone medications affect the menstrual cycle. If you started consuming birth control recently, that could also be a cause.
Stress: Anxiety and stress are well known for interfering with your menstrual cycle.
Hormonal Imbalances: Frequent hormonal imbalances are experienced by women who started menstruating recently, or are approaching menopause. Any imbalance in the natural level of hormones tends to affect your cycle.
Medical Conditions: Conditions and lifestyle diseases such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PolyCystic Ovarian Disorder, Endometriosis, et cetera cause the period cycle to change.
How to Get Regular Periods Naturally?
Exercise Regularly: Physical activities can be very beneficial to your menstrual health, since exercising helps regulate the hormonal balance in your body. It also promotes the release of endorphins, which are ‘happy hormones’. A moderate workout routine of about 30 minutes is ideal to alleviate any period discomfort or mood swings.
Healthy Diet: Changes in weight tend to affect your period significantly. Thus, it is important to maintain a healthy diet to avoid the experience of heavy flow and pain that accompanies the irregularity. Fat cells in your body impact hormones and insulin. Now you know why pizza everyday is a bad idea!
Enjoy Fresh Fruits: Fruits like Pineapple and Papaya are healthy whole foods that are worth being a part of your diet. While Pineapple contains the enzyme Bromelain that helps blood flow, Papaya contains the nutrient Carotene that supports your estrogen level.
Spice it up: Ginger, Turmeric, and Cinnamon have been used as home remedies for treating irregular periods since time immemorial. Add ginger to your tea, cinnamon to your hot chocolate, or turmeric to your milk and consume regularly to enjoy the benefits.
Home remedies are very useful, but a regular visit to your gynecologist is recommended. Although scientific evidence is limited, a daily dose of a healthy lifestyle can work wonders for you. Try it out!
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