Remedies for Irregular Periods

Women who have irregular periods have a cycle that's lost its balance because of hormone imbalances, medical issues or lifestyle influences. While some women may be fine with irregular cycles, it's an inconvenience for others as far as having a family is concerned or making sure there's always sufficient supplies of tampons and pads. Some causes of irregular periods can be fixed on your own. You'll need to visit a doctor if the cause of your irregular periods is a hormone imbalance or medical issue.

Maintain an Even, Healthy Weight

Fat reserves for women are important in order to have regular periods. Those with low body weight tend to have irregular periods. Although sufficient fat reserves are important, it's equally important not to have too much fat. Obesity can also cause interruptions in your menstrual cycle. To keep regular periods, maintain and even, healthy weight for your height and body type. Eat a balanced diet with enough nutrients. If you eat four to six small meals a day full of fruits, vegetables, dairy and sufficient protein (meat, eggs, some legumes), you'll be able to prevent weight fluctuations and regulate your period.

Reduce Stress

Stress can have a significant impact on your menstrual cycles and cause them to be irregular or stop completely. Find effective ways to cope with stressful situations. If you're one to get easily overwhelmed, try to relinquish unnecessary responsibilities. Get help with responsibilities if necessary. In some cases it may be necessary to calm anxiety and nerves with medication or natural supplements. Talk to your doctor about this possibility as a last resort.

Lower Exercise Intensity

Highly strenuous exercise will affect the hormone balances in your body and usually leads to irregular periods. Unless you're a professional athlete, lower the intensity of your workouts to something more manageable. You can still do exercises that make your body work hard, but don't go to extremes. Moderate aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes a day five days a week is good. This includes brisk walking, bike riding, swimming, dancing, easy jogging or a light setting on an elliptical trainer. Another option is vigorous aerobic activity for at least 20 minutes a day for three days a week. Examples of vigorous aerobic activity include running, faster cycling, and speed swimming.

Stop Alcohol and Drug Misuse

Recreational drug use can affect your periods and the health of the rest of your body. Do not use drugs recreationally. Excessive alcohol use can also disturb your hormonal balance leading to irregular or missed periods.


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