5 Tips To Make Your Periods Regular

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  • 28th Feb, 2021

Most girls have their first period at the age of around 12. But sometimes it might start as early as at the age of 8. Generally, periods do occur in about 28 days so once a girl has a period. She is likely to have her next period on the 29th day of the previous one. However, the problem is that everyone does not have that textbook cycle of 28 days to have regular periods in time. And the period stops about 2 to 7 days after it starts. It is normal for someone to miss their periods by a few days. But sometimes there’s a delay of a week or more.

Typically the days might vary from 21 to 40 days but sometimes due to hormonal factors. The foods that the person is consuming. The kind of exercises one is doing, or the types of medications one is following irregularities occur.

A period is a natural phenomenon but many parents and guardians feel awkward talking about it. It which in turn makes the girls more shy and conservative like their parents and the cycle continues. Because of the lack of proper guidance and support from people in the family. Most of the time girls do not share the simple doubts and problems that they are facing. In normal situations, periods stop when a girl is pregnant or when she enters menopause. At times when there’s an irregularity in periods, there’s always that doubt or fear in girls if something wrong happened. Had they been told by their parents or elders that irregularity in periods is common. They would not have to spend time worrying about it.

Before discussing how to make your periods regular, let us discuss what makes them irregular.

a)Hormonal imbalance

The hormones that play a role in the menstrual cycle are luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, and female sex hormone, which are estrogen and progesterone. Naturally, some girls have high and some girls have a low amount of those hormones. Which might make periods come faster or cause a delay.

b)Food habits

The kind of food that you consume also plays a role in creating irregularities. The consumption of foods with more sugar and carbs is likely to create irregularity. Having an eating disorder also affects periods. Whether you eat less or more, your periods shall be affected.

c)Medicines

Thyroid, epilepsy, antidepressant medications, chemotherapy, blood thinners, and drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen can cause irregularity in periods.

d)Exercise/body weight

If someone is involved in intensive exercise and has low or very high body weight. She is less likely to have regular periods.

There are some natural and common factors and some are because of the personal lifestyle of an individual which causes irregularity in periods so let us discuss five ways to make your periods regular or minimize the irregularity.

1)Yoga

Although there are drugs to regulate periods if there are problems. Yoga is the most natural way to solve the problem. Different poses like Dhanurasana, Bhujangasana, Ustrasana, Malasana and Baddhakonsana shall help one relieve pain and cramps during periods. It has been found that a girl who does yoga regularly is less likely to get irregularity in periods.

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2)Regular exercise

Along with yoga regular light exercises also helps to minimize irregularities. However, don’t engage in any heavy or intensive exercise which might worsen the situation. Make sure you are doing only light stretching and simple exercises during your periods.

3)Keeping an eye on your medications

The medicines that you consume for different reasons are likely to affect your menstrual cycle. Antidepressants, drugs for epilepsy, and other drugs. Like aspirin or ibuprofen can affect your hormone levels. So you should always consult your doctor before taking any medication. Try to avoid such medications which are likely to affect your menstrual cycle.

4)Food habits

You should be careful about the kinds of food that you consume and the amount as well. Neither should you eat more nor should you eat less. You should know how much your body requires and eat accordingly. Eating foods with enough protein, avoiding sugar and refined carbs. Consuming healthy fats and fatty fish shall help you have enough protein and nutrients to not create any complications.

5)Lower your stress

It might sound surprising but stress also does affect a girl's menstrual cycle. When a girl is under a lot of stress. She is in fight or flight mode which might temporarily stop. A girl's ovulation in turn creating a delay in the menstrual cycle. To minimize stress keep a friend, a family member, or a close one to share your problems with. Having someone to share your problems with at times of stress can help you lift them off to some extent.

You can read from the expert from Healthline about 8 Science-Backed Home Remedies for Irregular Periods.