What are irregular periods?
You have irregular periods if the length of your menstrual cycle (the gap between your periods starting) keeps changing.
Your periods may come early or late.
The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, although it's normal for it to be a bit shorter or longer than this.
After puberty, many women develop a regular cycle with a similar length of time between periods. But it's not uncommon for it to vary by a few days each time.
Causes of irregular period
- Stress and lifestyle factors. ...
- Birth control pills. ...
- Uterine polyps or fibroids. ...
- Endometriosis. ...
- Pelvic inflammatory disease. ...
- Polycystic ovary syndrome. ...
- Premature ovarian insufficiency.
Food to regulate period
From getting rid of cold to improving digestion, ginger seems to be the number one health spice. But this Vitamin C and magnesium-rich food can come to your rescue in case of irregular periods too.Everyday indulges in some ginger tea if nibbling on ginger is too hard a task. It helps contracting the uterus which facilitates in kick-starting the period. Add a bit of jaggery as a sweetener to your ginger tea for better results.
Eating papaya on a regular basis too helps in contracting the uterus muscles. Apart from producing heat in the body, the fruit contains carotene. This substance stimulates or regulates that estrogen hormone levels in the body. Naturally, this induces periods or menses more frequently. No wonder, it is advised to abstain from this fleshy fruit during pregnancy.
Dr Vandana Khanijo, Vimannagar , Pune opines, “Apart from flushing out unfertilized eggs, menstrual blood is mainly the result of the uterus wall shedding. That is why eating foods that help shed the uterus lining or soften it are vital.” Pineapple is one such fruit as it contains the enzyme bromelain. Moreover, this tangy fruit also helps in the generation of red and white blood cells. This implies an improved blood flow.
This herb may be very similar to coriander but has slightly different properties. Since ages parsley has been used as an emmenagogue i.e. a herb that increases the profusion of blood flow in the pelvic area.Don’t forget to include boiled parsley water or parsley tea to your daily liquid diet.
Once again, apart from clearing your bowels, this is yet another spice that can work miracles with your menstrual cycle. Gulping down a glass of boiled water with carom seeds or ajwain, helps stimulate the uterus effectively. The best part is that its anti-spasmodic qualities help in preventing menstrual cramps and pains as well.
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