Cures for Irregular Menstrual Cycle
by Allison Boelcke
Irregular menstruation refers to any period cycle that does not last between 21 and 35 days, according to the University of California. If you experience a shorter or longer time frame between periods, or if your once-regular cycle changes completely, it could be due to a variety of factors ranging from lifestyle to serious medical conditions. More mild cases can be fixed with small changes in your daily activities.
Emotional stress can upset the body's natural processes, including disturbing your menstrual cycle, reports the Mayo Clinic. Try to relax by doing something calming each day to reduce your stress levels, even if it's just taking a bath or reading a book. If you're feeling overwhelmed, plenty of sleep, a healthy diet and light exercise can help calm you down; however, it is important to not take diet and exercise too seriously to the point of becoming obsessive. Drastically cutting calories or increasing your exercise amount can also make your periods irregular or even disappear altogether, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you lose a large percentage of body fat, your body may indicate it's not receiving its required nutrients by ceasing your menstrual cycle. Try increasing your calorie intake in a healthy way by including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains during meal time, especially if you're exercising frequently.
If changing your daily habits doesn't help regulate your periods, you may have a problem with your hormone levels. Fluctuating female hormone levels is a condition known as anovulation and can make the length of time between your periods unpredictable, reports the University of California. Ask your gynecologist about a prescription for hormonal birth control, such as pills, the patch or vaginal ring, even if you aren't sexually active. Hormonal birth control is a dosage of the female hormones estrogen, progestin or a combination of both, that you take for 21 days, and then seven days worth of ineffective placebo pills. If you use the patch or vaginal ring, you'll remove it for the last seven days. The three weeks of hormones will give you the correct balance of hormone, then you'll get your period on schedule during the seven-day break. If you continue to take hormonal birth control as directed, your periods will appear the same time and duration each month.
Contacting a Doctor
Irregular periods that do not subside with lifestyle changes or medications may be indicative of a more serious underlying medical condition. If your periods are irregular because they are heavier than normal or if you experience vaginal bleeding at random times throughout your cycle, contact your doctor. Excessive bleeding can be a sign of reproductive issues, such as uterine fibroids or pelvic infections, according to the University of Virginia Health System. Lighter periods than normal could be a sign of an underactive thyroid gland or a growth on your pituitary gland, reports the Mayo Clinic. Once your doctor discovers any medical issues that are causing your irregular periods, he can prescribe medication or surgery to cure them.