Having irregular periods can mean a variation in the number of days you have your period or that your period arrives early, late or even skips a few months.
Actually, most women will experience irregular bleeding at some point in their life. A period showing up unexpected or delayed does not always mean something serious is going on. But your period showing up whenever it wants can be stressful. So here we’re going to talk about some easy ways of how you can regulate your menstrual cycle.
Believe it or not, you can stop the period through regular exercise.
Your thickness partly determines the length of the menstrual cycle and the quantity of liquid that comes out. Women who are slightly thicker and have a higher amount of fat in their body, often have severe and painful, more extended and heavier menstrual periods. For this reason, it is essential to recreate yourself regularly, even during menstruation.
If you have a lot of pain during menstruation, of course, it will not work out, but if you feel well enough to exercise, it will shorten and even stop the period and more importantly, increasing blood circulation in the body by exercising will help in reducing menstrual cramps.
Drinking enough of water
Proper hydration of the body is essential at any moment in life, but in this case, can help in reducing or stopping the period. Large amounts of water will also reduce bloating and cramping during menstruation.
In addition to proper hydration, you should avoid fizzy drinks and too much caffeine because they will be partly responsible for the increase of cramps during menstruation.
Cup for menstruation
Cap for period is a flexible cup that we put into the vagina during menstruation, and it serves to collect menstrual blood. It is usually made of silicon and can be used many times. In the market, there are cups that we can use only once.
The cap for period is much more comfortable than a conventional tampon and is usually much shallower pushed into the vagina. A cap for the period also has a much better absorption or more menstrual blood fit into it.
Studies have shown that wearing a menstrual cup during menstruation reduces heavy bleeding and shorten your period.
All of these methods that we mentioned in the article are functioning depending from person to person. On some will affect such a way that will significantly reduce menstrual bleeding; while others will stop the period altogether. It would certainly be the best to solve this problem before the start of the period. Because this is the safest period for such a thing as a disposal of the menstrual cycle.
Disposal of the period is usually achieved with the help of hormonal pills that, when using them, they prevent the start of the cycle. Anything that requires the use of medical supplements you should not take on your own. Consulting a doctor is important.
It is important also to know that any interruption or postponement of the period indeed is not healthy for your body. So, if this is necessary, try not to repeat this more than two times a year.
Related: How to Make Your Period Come Faster
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.
4 common causes for irregular periods:
The average length of a Menstrual Cycle is around 28 – 35 days, and menstrual bleeding usually lasts between 3 – 7 days. Keep in mind that what is a normal or average period for one person, can be experienced completely different by another. So if your period suddenly varies from your average length and flow, it’s a sign that your period is irregular.
Your period may show up earlier than expected, or not show up at all. Here are the 4 most common causes that can cause a delayed or early period thus causing an irregular menstrual cycle:
- – Medication
- – Stress and anxiety
- – Puberty or menopause
- – Hormonal birth control such as contraceptive pills or emergency contraception
Irregular Periods – What do they mean?
Often irregular or early periods don’t mean anything serious. However, if you realize a sudden change in your menstrual cycle, it could be a symptom for another health issue such as:
- Thyroid Disorder (over- or underactive thyroids can cause a hormonal imbalance which can suppress your ovulation)
- STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
- Pregnancy (Irregular periods can sometimes be a sign of pregnancy. If you think you could be pregnant, see your doctor for a consult.)
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS affects 5-10% of women, but less than 50% with the syndrome are diagnosed. This is why it’s really important to see your doctor if you suspect that your irregular menstrual cycle could be linked to another issue.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
Apart from an irregular menstruation other symptoms of PCOS are:
- Excess hair growth on face and body
- High blood pressure
- Depression and anxiety
If you have PCOS, your hormones are out of balance and there are small cysts on and in your ovaries. If you think you have PCOS, schedule an appointment with your doctor or general practitioner.
Why is my period late? Possible reasons for a missed period
Your menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones, which, if imbalanced, can cause irregularities to your menstrual cycle and period flow. The most common cause is a fluctuation in your hormones (especially when it affects your estrogen levels):
- – Stress, travelling and a hectic lifestyle can release stress hormones, which can disrupt the production of estrogen and cause a late or missed period.
- – Your diet and unhealthy eating can impact your body and your flow. Similarly, sudden weight gain or loss, as well as malnourishment, can cause an irregular menstruation.
- – Medication and contraception; hormonal birth control methods such as the pill or the injection can affect your period.
- – Puberty, Menarche and Menopause, are phases in your life where high hormonal fluctuation is normal.
- – Excessive exercising can often cause periods to be delayed or not come at all.
3 easy ways to regulate your period naturally
Regulate your period by adjusting your diet
It’s important you have a balanced and healthy diet all month. There are some particular foods that are very helpful in regulating periods and getting your menstrual flow going:
Pineapples and papaya are well-known home remedies for irregular periods. The bromelain in the pineapple and papaya will help soften and break down your uterus lining, which can help solve a period block.
Also, aim for an intake of half a teaspoon of cinnamon (mixed in warm lemon water with honey or in a glass of (almond) milk). Some studies show that cinnamon helps regulate the insulin levels, which in turn can help regulate ovulation and therefore also having a regular menstrual cycle.
Destress & Self-care
Stress is one of the most common reasons for irregular periods. So naturally, a cure for irregular periods is to break out of your stressful, daily routines – even if only for a couple of hours.
Try taking a hot bath or place a hot water bottle or a warm cherry stone pillow on your abdomen and do a relaxing activity. Read a book or magazine, listen to a podcast or watch your favourite show.
If you can, try meditating or keeping a gratitude journal. It’s about taking some me-time and zoning out of your usual day to day thoughts and routine. Turn off your laptop, turn off your phone and try to relax and take care of yourself (even if it’s just half an hour.) If you have long office hours or study all day long, even taking 5 or 10 minutes perhaps outside or somewhere away from your desk can help you relax and clear your mind.
Anything from yoga to CrossFit – as long as you feel comfortable, exercise is also a great stress release. You can also just go for a walk or do some easy youtube workouts at home. The important thing is to do some kind of exercise that takes your mind off things and helps you break out of your daily chores and routines. Just a little bit can give you that small kick of endorphins you need to destress.
Tips to make irregular periods easier to manage:
Track your period, improve your life
Tracking your period will help avoid unwanted period surprises. You will be able to calculate when your next period most likely will be due and easily adjust your plans towards potential cramp and PMS days.
In order to know when you’re period is becoming irregular, you must first know your flow. By keeping track of your period, you can calculate when to expect your next period. After about 3 cycles you will begin to see a pattern and know how your average menstrual cycle behaves. You will also be able to detect abnormalities faster and have data to show to your gynaecologist.
There are some great apps available that can help you track your period easily.
Find a menstrual product that feels right for you
You never know exactly when your period is going to start, so whenever you feel today might be the day, you precautiously protect your underwear with some internal or external period product. But stress, insomnia or medication can delay a period for a couple of days, and taking out a dry tampon or having to throw away another unstained pad is very uncomfortable and frustrating. That’s why menstrual cups (read this if you don’t know what a menstrual cup is) are a great solution for being prepared for when your period actually does show up: no drying out, you can leave it in for 12 hours and you don’t waste any disposable menstrual products.
There are a bunch of other reasons why menstrual cups make managing irregular periods easy:
- You won’t run out of period products or be caught off-guard because they are reusable
- Cups are made from a healthy material, so they don’t dry you out or leave any cotton residue behind
- If your period is heavy, they are a good solution due to their higher capacity (3x a super tampon)
Hopefully, you found all the information about irregular periods that you were looking for. Check out Laci Green’s video about irregular periods for a deeper understanding.
We also hope you found the tips on how to regulate your menstrual cycle naturally useful. Remember, each body works differently and it’s important that you find out what works best for you. There are many ways on how to manage irregular periods. Maybe switching to a menstrual cup makes handling your irreagular period easier, or you find it helpful to adjust your diet – or a combination of both. In any case, if you still have some questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments and consult with your doctor.
(Medical Disclaimer: We are not medical doctors, therefore, we cannot give medical advice. This information is for educational purposes only.)
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7 Rules for Delaying Your Period While Breastfeeding
The following list contains what are known as the seven standards of “ecological breastfeeding.” Mothers must meet all these criteria to rely on “lactational amenorrhea” (the absence of fertility and a period while breastfeeding) as a form of birth control.
1. The baby must be exclusively breastfed.
This means that the baby doesn’t consume anything other than milk from the breast for the first 6 months of life. The baby shouldn’t even drink water, nor breast milk from a bottle. Parents may introduce solids slowly when the infant begins showing signs of readiness, usually between 6 and 8 months of age.
2. The mother should comfort the baby at the breast.
Non-nutritive sucking (nursing for comfort rather than purely for nutrition) is a key component in staving off the return of fertility for as long as possible.
3. There should be no use of bottles, cups, or pacifiers.
Although pumping stimulates the body to produce prolactin in some amount, nursing the baby at the breast is what assures that prolactin levels remain high enough that menses does not return.
4. Mother and baby should sleep together for night time feedings.
Co-sleeping increases the frequency of infant feeding and boosts milk supply. Additionally, it allows a mother to get more sleep than mothers whose infants have separate sleep spaces. Nighttime feedings are of fundamental importance to keeping the body in a state of amenorrhea. Mothers who eliminate night feeds are much more likely to experience an early return to fertility.
5. Mother and baby should rest together for a daily nap feeding.
Adequate amounts of rest are also important to maintaining lactational amenorrhea. However, many mothers find that this is the one rule they do not have to follow to prevent pregnancy.
6. The baby should nurse frequently throughout the day and night.
Frequent nursing is a minimum of every 2 hours during the day and every 4 hours at night. This applies for the first 6 months of baby’s life. The frequency can be stretched to every 3 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night for older babies.
7. Mothers should avoid any practice which restricts nursing or separates the mother from the baby.
This can include being away from the baby for longer than the baby normally goes without eating, or sleep training. In other words, anything that lengthens the normal time between feedings.
All bets are off, of course, when the mother experiences her first postpartum period. (She may ignore any bleeding prior to 56 days postpartum.) When you’ve experienced a period while breastfeeding you can no longer count on ecological breastfeeding to prevent fertility.
The vast majority of mothers who breastfeed ecologically will experience a return of fertility between 9 and 20 months. This assumes they follow the above guidelines. Everyone’s hormones are different, though, and these numbers are just an average.
Did you practice ecological breastfeeding? Were you able to successfully delay a return of fertility?