Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Irregular periods aren't as "irregular" as you might think. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), between 9 and 14 percent of women have irregular periods between their first period and menopause. Doctors often prescribe birth control pills (oral contraceptives) containing the hormones estrogen and progesterone to help control irregular periods.
Unfortunately for some, Spotting and irregular bleeding are common side effects of most methods of hormonal birth control.
What's considered an irregular period?- If it comes more frequently than 21 days. The length of your cycles varies greatly (even if they are typically within the typical range of 21 to 35 days) You go 35 days or more between periods.
What can cause my irregular period?- They can be caused by some medicines, exercising too much, having a very low or high body weight, or not eating enough calories. Hormone imbalances can also cause irregular periods. For example, thyroid hormone levels that are too low or too high can cause problems with periods. Stress and anxiety can also induce hormonal changes which can cause irregular periods.
Here are a few things to try out if you've been suffering from irregular periods:
Yoga- Yoga has been shown to be an effective treatment for different menstrual issues. A 2013 study with 126 participants found that 35 to 40 minutes of yoga, 5 days a week for 6 months lowered hormone levels related to irregular menstruation.
Maintain a healthy weight- Changes in your weight can affect your periods. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight could help regulate your periods. Alternatively, extreme weight loss or being underweight can cause irregular menstruation. That’s why it’s important to maintain a healthy weight.
Vitamin D- A study published in 2015 linked low levels of vitamin D to irregular periods and
suggested that taking vitamin D may help regulate menstruation
Apple Cider Vinegar & Pineapple- Apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight, and lower blood sugar and insulin levels. This will aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise- Exercise has many health benefits that can help your periods. It can help you reach or maintain a healthy weight and is commonly recommended as part of a treatment plan for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS can cause menstrual irregularity.
You should see a doctor if: - You haven't had a period for 90 days.
- Your period suddenly becomes irregular.
- You have a period more often than every 21 days.