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Generally, the discussion of menstruation is considered to be such a taboo, that a large number of girls are kept unaware of the concept of menstruation, till the time they hit their first period. This is a harsh reality and it often causes confusion and anxiety among young girls about the biological transformation taking place in her body. This article is meant to enlighten and increase awareness about irregular periods along with treatment and home remedies.
What is an irregular period ?
In simple terms, the menstrual cycle is a period of time calculated from the first day of the period of one month to the first day of the period of the next month. On an average, the menstrual cycle is of 28 days. This may vary from one individual to another, and also may change from time to time.
Periods are said to be regular if they come once in every 24 to 38 days. But they are considered to be irregular if the time gap between two period cycles keeps on changing and there is a longer or shorter gap between the two-period cycles.
The problem of irregular periods is medically defined as oligomenorrhea. It is considered to be a common problem with many women. A number of factors may be responsible for this problem, such as weight loss or gain, eating disorders, menopause, anemia, thyroid disorders, liver disease, hormonal imbalance, miscarriage, tuberculosis, as well as other health and lifestyle conditions such as smoking, alcohol abuse, increased exercise, caffeine, stress, and travel. The consumption of certain medications such as birth control pills can also contribute to this menace.
The treatment for irregular periods varies with its causes. Before opting for medical options, there are certain home-based remedies that can be tried in order to get your periods back on track.
Treatment for irregular periods- Easy Home remedies
Based on Indian Ayurveda, there are a number of home remedies which can help cure the problem of irregular periods. For an easier classification, we can divide them into 3 categories. These are as follows:
Indian cumin, also known as jeera, has a large number of health benefits. Soaked cumin is highly beneficial in curing irregular periods. Regular consumption of cumin water also helps to regulate irregular periods.
Ginger is helpful in regulating the menstrual cycles. Boiled ginger with Turmeric and salt is seen to be beneficial for regulating periods.
Cinnamon offers a warm effect to your body. Cinnamon mixed with warm milk is effective in regulating menstruation irregularities as well as eradicating menstrual cramps.
4. Raw Papaya
Raw papaya also helps to regulate menstrual flow. The fiber in papaya helps to contract the muscle fibers present in the uterus and thus facilitates regular periods. But it is advisable to avoid the consumption of raw papaya during periods or if you are trying to conceive.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps to regulate your hormones and thereby treats menstrual irregularities naturally. Aloe vera gel combined with honey, gives the best results when taken on an empty stomach in the morning.
From the Indian spice garden, Turmeric is the best option that offers relief from irregular periods. Its antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties are useful in relieving menstrual pain, regulating the menstruation cycle as well as balancing the female body hormones responsible for regular periods.
Yoga and exercise
1. Regular yoga
Indian Yoga is known to be an effective cure for a number of menstrual issues. Yoga primarily helps to lower hormone levels and hence helps to cure irregular menstruation cycle problems. Yoga is also helpful to get relief from menstrual pain and the other emotional symptoms associated with the problem of irregular menstruation. Yoga also helps to release hormones which help women combat emotions such as depression and anxiety, and thus improves the overall quality of life of women. For beginners, the best possible way to start practicing yoga is to look out for organizations or trainers who offer beginner level or level 1 yoga. Explain to the organization or the trainer your problem of irregular periods so that you can learn the asanas which help regulate hormones and facilitate regular periods.
2. Well Ordered and Structured Exercise
Any form of exercise is considered to have multiple health benefits, especially in regularizing periods. Regular exercise can help achieve a healthy weight which is highly recommended for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a major cause of menstrual irregularity. If not treated early, it may cause difficulties in conceiving.
1. Have a healthy weight
Any kind of change in the weight can definitely affect the regularity of periods. For women who are overweight or suffer from obesity, losing weight will definitely be helpful to control and regulate your periods. On the other end, being underweight can also cause irregular menstruation cycles. Hence, it is important to have a healthy weight according to body mass index. It is best to talk to your doctor if you suspect your weight is the cause of your irregular periods. A dietitian can prescribe a diet which can help to reduce weight and also help you to regularize your periods. Same is applicable for women who suffer from low body weight. Proper amount of fats helps to regulate the body’s hormones and thus enables periods to occur on a regular basis.
2. Spice up your diet
Ginger, Cumin, Cinnamon, and Turmeric are the popular spices of the Indian kitchen which help regulate irregular periods. Use them in your diet regularly to get desired results.
If you have tried all the above remedies and still do not find any significant improvement in your period cycles, or, if you are facing any of the following problems, it is advisable to visit your gynecologist for proper treatment
You must visit your gynecologist if:
- Your periods have suddenly become irregular
- Your periods last more than a week
- You haven’t had a period for three months in a row
- Your periods are unusually heavy and painful
- You have frequent periods i.e. a period more than once in 21 days
There are a number of remedies available to help you with irregular periods, but it is also advisable to visit a doctor in case the problem is not controlled by these remedies.