Why do Women with PCOS have an Irregular Menstrual Cycle?
To understand how to kick start a period, we need to understand what is actually happening in our bodies to cause an irregular menstrual cycle.
In the diagram below, you can see that just before ovulation, there is a spike in levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). The problem is that many women with PCOS have high levels of LH throughout their cycle. That means that you aren’t getting that spike of LH so no ovulation is being triggered.
Now, the next problem is that you’ll see that progesterone levels go up after ovulation. This is because progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum (the left over follicle, after the egg has been released. It is the sharp fall of progesterone that causes a bleed.
If we are not ovulating, we won’t have a corpus luteum to produce the progesterone. If we have no progesterone, we are not going to have a period.
We have one more thing that we need to consider. ANDROGENS or testosterone, The American Congress of Obstetricans and Gynecologists suggest that high levels of testosterone also impact on ovulation and may prevent an egg from being released (1).
So, what can we do about this?
#1. Use a hot water bag.
A hot water bag will soothe your cramps but also encourage menstrual fluids to leave your body quicker.So try to place a hot water bag 3 to 4 times a day. It will help to make your period end early.
#3. Have intercourse.
Sex during periods! I know it doesn’t sounds appealing. But having intercourse cause the urinal muscle contraction and these contractions help to shed the blood more quickly. And will end your period soon.
#6. Go for more of Vitamin C in your diet.
Vitamin C is a great way to end your period sooner.It helps the body absorb iron and this strengthens the blood vessels. Lemons, oranges, bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, grapefruits, tomatoes, peas etc.. are some sources of Vitamin C.
#7. Working out regularly helps in ending period faster.
Remember!Keep your body hydrated. Exercise is good for health but if you plan to exercise during the periods, drink a lot of fluids.Athletes and tend to have a shorter and lighter period as compared women who are just sitting and doing nothing.Exercise will shorten the time your period.
#8. Taking Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.
These medicines like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen help reduce the swelling of the uterine walls which in turn reduces the heavy menstrual flow and pain. But remember to consult your doctor or gynaecologist before eating these medicines.
#11. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables.
Carotene is mostly found in orange fruits and vegetables likeCarrots, papaya and other colourful vegetables and fruits are rich in carotene. Try to carotene enrich food it will help reduce the duration of the period
#12. Go for food that is rich in magnesium.
Dark chocolate, oats, watermelon are rich in magnesium and magnesium reduces the menstrual bleeding. Magnesium will help to maintain the balance of estrogen and progesterone.
#13. Try and intake cinnamon water.
Cinnamon is very effective to close the blood vessels in the uterus which leads to a perceptible slowing of the bleeding and thus end the period quicker. But it is better if you ask your gynaecologist before trying these methods.Add three teaspoons of cinnamon powder in a cup of hot water and drink it to reduce your period duration.
Ginger will help to reduce the cramps.It also helps in reducing the amount of blood flow along with finishing the period sooner. It is considered as a miracle remedy, combined with honey for sweetness and see what it does.
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