Every woman’s menstrual cycle is unique to her. A normal menstrual cycle could be as short as 22 days or as long as 36 days, and while the ideal cycle is of 28 days, hardly anyone has an exact cycle!
However, gaps or misses or prolonged cycle can all point at a problem. Stress, dietary deficiencies, being overweight or underweight, getting off birth control pills, hormonal imbalance, perimenopause, etc can all be responsible for your irregular menstrual cycle.
If you are affected by irregular periods then read on to identify what could be causing the irregularity as well as natural remedies to help get back on track with your menstrual cycle.
What Causes Menstrual Irregularities?
A menstrual cycle that has stopped is not a disease, it may be a sign that there is an underlying hormonal imbalance in the body. Also, sometimes the body may not get enough nutrition daily to be able to sustain normal functions, including the menstrual cycle. An absent menstrual cycle could also be a sign of hyperthyroidism, premature ovarian failure, estrogen imbalance or menopause.
Weight fluctuation is a known cause of irregular menstrual cycles. Obesity may cause a missed period, irregular periods, absence of ovulation or a heavy/long period. Weight gain and irregular periods together may indicate Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Other causes of irregular periods are the use of contraceptive pills, gynecological issues and rarely, thyroid related issues.
The stress hormone – cortisol, has a direct impact on how much estrogen and progesterone (sex hormones), gets produced by the body. If you have too much cortisol in your bloodstream, the time and flow of your cycle could change. As stress levels rise, there is a chance that your menstrual period will temporarily stop, a condition known as secondary amenorrhea.
Natural Remedies To Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle
To tackle irregular menses naturally, it is advisable to consume fresh carrots or grape juice and drink ginger tea with honey daily. Use of turmeric, a decoction from leaves of the bamboo tree, fennel seeds in water, Chinese herb Dong Quai, and the essence from the bark of Ashoka tree can help treat menstrual irregularities naturally. Also, eat fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, lean protein, and mint in powdered form integrated with honey.
Menstruation is a challenging time for most women. Some experience mild discomfort, but for others it is that time of the month when their bodies (and mind) need a complete shutdown. So to decide whether to do yoga and also which forms is purely subjective based on what physical and psychological cues from your body you wish to listen to. It is recommended to avoid asanas that involve inversions like shoulder stands as they can create an obstruction to the natural downward energetic menstrual flow.
In Ayurveda, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms can be classified as vata, pitta or Kapha dominant. This post covers effective Ayurvedic remedies to treat PMS according to vata, pitta, and Kapha doshas. It also covers several yoga poses and ayurvedic herbs for treating PMS naturally.