Under normal circumstances, a woman’s period comes every 28 days, give or take a week. If, for some various physiological reasons, you have irregular periods, you should know that there are natural ways to facilitate the start of the period. A regular menstrual cycle is very important for the overall health of the female body. For women who have irregular periods, it is important to find the best way to help their body achieve regular periods.
One of the most straightforward ways to regulate the cycle is the birth control pill. It should be always chosen for you by a doctor. It works by regulating the levels of estrogen and progesterone (the two main sexual hormones) in the body. The pill is usually prescribed for women up to 35 years old and, as a bonus, it can clear your skin of acne. Weight is another important factor that contributes to irregular cycles. Too much weight generates too much estrogen, thus impeding ovulation and implicitly, the period. Too little weight goes the other way. It stops the body from menstruating to avoid wasting precious chemicals and energy.
Some women use various period-inducing tricks to cheat the calendar and have their periods earlier than expected, to avoid being on period during holidays or around parties, or simply at some inconvenient time. It is important to note that a menstrual bleeding will occur at 14 to 15 days after the previous ovulation. The bleeding cannot be delayed, but it can be hastened a bit, using one of the methods described below. ALWAYS take a pregnancy test before using any kind of menstruation accelerating method. Using these methods while pregnant can seriously harm both the baby and the mother.
#1. A warm bath and covers
Warmth applied on the lower abdominal area will not only accelerate the cycle by relaxing the muscles and stimulating the blood flow from the uterus, but it can also help with the PMS symptoms by relaxing the body and mind.
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#2. Vitamin C
It is said that vitamin C is a substance that can help induce periods by increasing the uterine lining and facilitating menstruation because of it. Others believe that vitamin-rich foods make the uterus contract, thus stimulating menstruation.
#3. Regular exercise
Exercising daily helps maintain a well-toned body and also helps diminish period pains. If you increase the intensity of the workouts, you can stimulate your period to arrive a bit earlier, but pay attention not to overdo it because it will have the opposite effect.
#4. Time with friends
Although not scientifically proven, it is well known that a group of women who spend a lot of time together tend to synchronize their periods. Based on that, if you want to get your period earlier, just find those friends who get their periods earlier than you, and spend a lot of time in their company.
#5. The right food
Apart from the usual “eat as many healthy, organic foods, as possible” piece of advice, you can focus on adding carotene-rich foods to your diet (papaya, carrots, apricots, peaches, spinach) and use turmeric as a spice in your recipes. Although not scientifically proven, it is said to help relieve menstrual pains and regulate the cycle.
You have to pay attention not to drink too much tea (usually not more than two cups per day) because it can have adverse effects on your health. Some of the plants that are said to hasten the arrival of periods are chamomile, ginger, parsley, rosemary, raspberry leaf, angelica, sage and yarrow.
A parsley tea recipe
- wash and chop one quarter of a cup of fresh parsley (the fresh variety is richer in nutrients and aroma than the dried variety)
- boil 1 cup of water, then pour it over the parsley
- leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then strain the tea and drink it
#7. A hot bath
There is no scientific fact-based explanation for the period-inducing effect of a hot bath, but many women can swear to its effectiveness. It is probably the muscle- and mind-relaxing effect of the hot water, infused with lavender, citronella or rose essential oils. You can also massage your legs, arms, face and scalp to stimulate blood flow.
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