Missed or delayed periods happen for many reasons other than pregnancy. Common causes can range from hormonal inconsistencies to serious medical conditions. There are two times in a woman’s life when it’s totally normal for her period to be irregular: when it first begins, and when menopause starts.
An irregular period means a variation in the number of days of period or period arrives early, late, or even skips a few months.
A period showing up unexpectedly or delayed does not always mean something serious is going on. But your period showing up whenever it wants can be stressful.
Some 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 differently 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 9 most common causes that can cause a delayed or early period thus causing an irregular menstrual cycle:
- Stress and anxiety (How To Overcome Depression Quickly)
- Puberty or menopause
- Hormonal birth control such as contraceptive pills or emergency contraception
- Thyroid Disorder
- Polycystic Ovary Symptom
- Premature Menopause
- STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)
Symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
Apart from 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.
Here we’re going to talk about some easy ways of how you can regulate your menstrual cycle.
Easy ways to regulate your period naturally or by adjusting your diet only:-
You must have a balanced and healthy diet all month. Some particular foods are very helpful in regulating periods and getting your menstrual flow going:
1. Eat Pineapples and Papaya:
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 a glass of (almond milk). Some studies show that cinnamon helps regulate insulin levels, which in turn can help regulate ovulation and therefore also having a regular menstrual cycle.
2. De-stress and 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 favorite 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.
3. Regular exercise:
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 de-stress.
There are some great apps available that can help you track your period easily.
Kanchan is a Final Year Law Student and passionate to write some informative articles essential for awareness.