Suffering from irregular periods? Menopause is the most common time for irregular periods due to the fluctuations between estrogen and progesterone. Hormonal changes, health, and lifestyle are major causes of irregular periods.
Naturally Stopping Irregular Periods
The first thing to do is check your alcohol and caffeine intake while reducing smoking. Smokers are more likely to suffer from irregular periods, and a reduction in the liver process will have an adverse effect on menstrual regularity and ovulation.
Next on the list is to check your diet. Weighing too much or too little can trigger irregular periods. Things to think about are:
- Are you getting enough water?
- Are you eating too many carbohydrates?
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- How many lean meats do you eat
- Are you lacking vitamins?
Relaxation and exercise are two major ways to regulate periods. Irregular periods can be caused by stress or ill health, so taking time for yourself is always important, as it exercising regularly.
Stress during menopause is very common so try to have some relaxing techniques that you use on a weekly basis. Yoga, rhythmic breathing and meditation on a frequent basis are known to lower stress while also increasing serotonin - two very important things for mood and body function.
Everything in moderation is a saying that we hear throughout life and exercise is the same. Being physically fit is imperative for everyday life. During menopause, or when look to stop irregular periods, be sure to have some activity on a daily basis. Exercise helps to lower stress, strengthen the body and maintain a solid weight.
These are all good ways of trying to stop irregular periods. Different things work better for different women. Don't rule out the use of herbal supplements to work cooperatively with the other natural products.
- Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
- Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
- BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007