You may be worried when your periods become irregular during menopause. When you've expected them at a certain time for so long, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable when they just stop following any pattern whatsoever. They may come very late or very early. You may experience spotting, and they can even disappear for up to 12 months.
The unreliability is dizzying, but there are certain good habits that you can get into to preserve a menstrual rhythm. However, know that the irregularities are ultimately natural - leading to the end of your monthly cycle permanently - and everything will be okay.
Cut the Sugar and Caffeine
When you go through menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels drop. These sex hormones have been essential in regulating your monthly cycle since your first period. The drop impacts your ovulation processes, making your periods irregular. Sugar and caffeine, though tempting at this time for short-term boosts, will only disrupt your cycle much more.
When you blood sugar is high, your hormones are put even more off balance. If you must have something sweet, resort to fruits because their natural sugars actually help. Also, if your periods are unusually heavy, then do yourself a favor and avoid caffeine, since it increases blood flow temporarily.
Eating healthy foods on a daily basis, at every meal, will balance your hormone levels. Whole grains, colorful vegetables, nuts, and beans are wonderful for providing your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to nourish your sex organs. Try foods rich in vitamins E, C, and B12 for low blood flow, such as spinach, bell pepper, and shellfish. For heavy blood flow, try flax, sweet potatoes, and wheat germ to obtain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and zinc, which ease bleeding.
Also, incorporate phytoestrogenic foods into your diet daily, like tofu, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, and olive oil. These work in your body similarly to estrogen, so they can help keep your hormone levels regular.
Reduce Stress Through Yoga
Relaxation is key if you are experiencing irregular periods. Menstrual cycles can be radically altered at any time in a women's life as a result of anxiety. Final exams during college, deaths in the family, financial troubles, relationship problems, and more can cause women to experience this aggravating bodily reaction.
When you are highly stressed, your reproductive processes are halted by the body in order to protect you. In the past, this protected potential mothers from predators. If you send your body false cues through excessive stress, an interrupted period will naturally follow.
The best part is, your stress levels are entirely under your control. Yoga is union of the body, mind, and emotions. Through the movement and stretching, endorphins and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) are released, which relaxes you. Moreover, through the slow and deep inhales and exhales, cortisol - a stress hormone - is lowered.
Further still, yoga has the holistic ability to regulate blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. The various positions evenly distribute your weight and have you at different angles so that each system in your body can be restored. Don't be surprised if your period finally comes soon after a yoga session.
Irregular periods are difficult to deal with and can be accompanied by a feeling of loss, as if something is being taken away from you. Your natural flow has given you a strong sense of womanhood throughout your years, but know that irregularity only continues this beautiful cycle that you have maintained, to indicate a job well done. Click on the following link to read about alternative treatments for irregular periods.
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2013). Yoga for Health. Retrieved January 31, 2014, from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm
- National Health Service UK. (2013). Irregular Periods. Retrieved January 31, 2014, from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Periods-irregular/Pages/Introduction.aspx
- Rani, M. et al. (2013). Impact of Yoga Nidra on menstrual abnormalities in females of reproductive age. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine, 19(12), 925-929. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0676