women suffering from menstral painMenstrual periods are a normal occurrence for many women. For some however, the menstrual cycle does not have a regular occurrence so that the periods are either very early or very late with intermittent flow from one cycle to another. In addition to this irregularity, the periods vary in terms of the length as well as the heaviness of flow.

An irregular period is medically referred to as oligomenorrhea. By definition, this is a condition where periods occur with intervals of more than 35 days. The reason this veers from the norm is because the normal menstrual cycle ranges between 21 and 35 days, and the bleeding typically lasts for three to seven days. Over a year, women will normally have between 11 and 13 periods, but those with irregular periods have at most seven periods.

There are a number of risk factors associated with irregular periods. These include sudden weight loss or gain, the onset of menopause, hormonal imbalance, abnormalities in the reproductive system as well as the use of certain contraceptive methods. Additionally, women who have recently given birth or miscarried are also at risk of irregular periods. It is important to note that lifestyle changes such as excessive alcohol use, cigarette smoking and high levels of stress can also predispose a woman to irregular periods. Medical intervention is possible especially in cases where the underlying cause predisposes the woman to conditions that affect adversely their reproductive health. Below are some home remedies that are known to help manage irregular periods.


1. Raw Ginger:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2  A teaspoon of ginger root, grater, 1 cup of hot water and 1/2 a teaspoon of honey.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Raw ginger is one of the most important home remedies when it comes to the natural treatment of irregular periods. The actives present in ginger are known to get your cycle back on track. In addition to this, the ginger also has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for women whose cycle is accompanied by cramping. Take the ginger daily to help improve the regularity of your cycle and for pain-free menses. The good thing about ginger is that you -may chew it in its raw form or you may opt to prepare a cup of ginger tea. Follow the simple directions indicated below to get the most of this remedy.

Directions:

  1. Peel and clean the raw ginger before grating it. Use the smallest setting to get small-sized gratings.
  2. Transfer the grated ginger to a cup containing hot water and allow steeping for a few minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, strain the tea and discard the used ginger.
  4. Add the honey and stir to mix well.
  5. Take this cup of ginger tea thrice daily until you notice a difference in the menstrual cycle.
  6. If you can stand the taste of ginger, simply chop up the raw ginger and chew on it to release its natural juice.
  7. Use the raw ginger twice daily for best results.

 


2. Sesame Seeds + Jaggery:

Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: A handful of sesame seeds, a grinder and 1 teaspoon of jaggery.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Sesame seeds are an excellent home remedy for the management of irregular periods, thanks to their high concentration of lignans. Lignans are plant compounds which, when introduced to the body allow for the balancing of hormonal levels. This in turn, helps regulate the periods and ease the symptoms associated with an irregular flow.

In addition to the lignans, sesame seeds are also a good source of essential fatty acids that enhance the optimal synthesis of hormones in the body. Jaggery on the hand, is added to sesame seeds because it complements the seeds’ function to regulate menstrual flow. Lastly, jaggery also helps ease the preparation process of the sesame seeds – this would otherwise be harder with just the seeds.

Directions:

  1. Dry a handful of sesame seeds on a pan on low heat. This is done because it eases the grinding process and makes the seeds more likely to attach to the jaggery.
  2. Transfer the roasted seeds to the grinder.
  3. Grind the seeds plus the jaggery until you have a powder. You may use a coarse or fine powder depending on your personal preferences.
  4. Take one teaspoon of the powder daily in the two weeks that lead to the start of the period.
  5. If you do not have the sesame seeds, simply take a piece of the jaggery to help regulate the menstrual cycle.

NOTE: It is not advisable to use this remedy during the days when there is period flow as it may intensify the menstrual cramps.

 


3. Unripe PawPaw:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Green unripe pawpaw
Difficulty: Easy

 

Green unripe pawpaw is recommended for the natural treatment of irregular periods, thanks to its healing properties. As one of the most potent emmenagogues in the world of natural remedies, raw pawpaw is able to regulate the menstrual cycle. Part of the reason for this is that it helps with contractions of the uterine muscles. Research shows that raw pawpaw is especially effective for cases where irregular periods are attributed to the onset of menopause and in cases where women experience high levels of stress.

Directions:

  1. Cut a slice of the unripe pawpaw and indulge in it at least twice daily.
  2. The other alternative revolves around juicing the unripe pawpaw and taking the juice.

NOTE: It is not advisable to use this remedy on the actual day of menstrual flow.

 


4. Cinnamon Herb:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2 A teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 1 glass of milk. Cinnamon sticks (optional).
Difficulty: Easy

 

One of the simplest remedies to use in the natural treatment of irregular periods is cinnamon. This warming herb does not just belong to the kitchen, but makes for an excellent home remedy. The herb’s warming effect helps regulate the flow. Research also shows that it is likely cinnamon has an effect on the body’s insulin levels, which in turn affects how regular one’s menses are. Prepare the remedy by following the 2-step directions below.

Directions:

  1. Take half a teaspoon of the cinnamon and add it to a glass containing warm milk.
  2. Stir the resulting mixture and drink daily.
  3. You may also chew on the cinnamon sticks a couple of times daily to help get your menstrual cycle back on track.

 


5. Turmeric Herb:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Teaspoon of turmeric, 1 glass of warm milk and honey or jaggery to sweeten.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Turmeric, just like cinnamon, belongs to the family of herbs that are best known for their warming effects on the body. The warming effects, according to research carried out, show that such herbs help with uterine contraction as well as the regulation of menstrual periods. As an emmenagogue, turmeric is a handy addition to natural remedies used for the treatment o irregular periods. Additional benefits of using turmeric include its excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties which provide relief from menstrual cramps.

Directions:

  1. Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric to the milk and stir to mix well.
  2. Add the honey to act as a natural sweetener and take the turmeric milk daily until you notice an improvement in the cycle.
  3. You may also consider adding turmeric to your dishes for the same reason.

 


6. Increased Vitamin C Intake:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Vitamin C supplements as well as foods rich in Vitamin C .
Difficulty: Easy

 

Vitamin C is recommended for the treatment of irregular periods because it plays a significant role in the body’s synthesis of oestrogen. Oestrogen is one of two female hormones required for reproductive health. By enhancing the production of oestrogen, Vitamin C helps with hormonal balance. You may either use supplements or opt for foods that are rich in Vitamin C. Note that large doses of Vitamin C are not recommended for expectant women as this may lead to a miscarrying.

Directions:

  1. Take fruits and foods rich in Vitamin C. These include tomatoes, berries, tomatoes, apples and citrus fruits. Citrus fruits include lemons, oranges, tangerines and limes.
  2. You may also take vitamin C supplements and follow the dosage indicated on the packaging. Look out for drug-drug interactions if you are on any medication.

 


7. Chaste Tree:

Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 30 mg dosage of the herb sourced from the Chaste tree.
Difficulty: Easy

 

Chaste tree is recommended as one of the best home remedies for the natural treatment of irregular periods. Part of the reason for this is that the herbs contain active ingredients that help regulate the function of the pituitary gland. This gland is an important part of the hormonal system. When ingested, the herb helps balance the production of female hormones by the ovaries. For it to have the intended effect however, it is very important to take the herb regularly. Note that this herb should not be taken by women on fertility treatment as it may cause adverse effects on an individual. In addition to this, expectant women are prohibited from taking this herbal remedy.

Directions:

  1. Take a standardized dose of 30 mg to manage irregular periods.

 


8. Fennel Seeds:

Time Required: 10 Min preparation and overnight soaking.
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of fennel seeds, 1 glass of water and a strainer
Difficulty: Easy

 

Fennel seeds are an excellent herb for the treatment of irregular periods naturally. As one of the herbs with potent emmenagogue properties, consumption of the seeds enhances menstrual flow and helps regulate their frequency. One of the advantages of using the seeds is that they help alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, thanks to their antispasmodic properties. Overall, the active ingredients in the seeds help with hormonal balance in the female body, and this has an advantage on the menstrual cycle. Follow the simple directions below to prepare the fennel seeds.

Directions:

  1. Place two tablespoons of the seeds in a glass and pour water to the brim.
  2. Let the seeds soak overnight.
  3. The next morning, strain the seeds and drink the resulting solution.
  4. Take this remedy daily for a month or so until your cycle becomes a little more regular.

 


Other home remedies recommended for the natural treatment of irregular periods include coriander which exhibits emmenagogue properties, mint leaves which also ease menstrual pain as well as carrot juice. It also helps to lead an active lifestyle as this has an overall healthy effect on the body. If there are any concerns, feel free to consult a gynaecologist for proper evaluation and diagnosis especially for ladies who are above 40 years of age.