Irregular Periods: Causes, Management and Home Remedies

Suffering from irregular periods? Do not worry as taking the proper medication can cure your condition. You just need to get aware of the causes of irregular menstruation and then you treat them.

What is Irregular Menstrual Cycle

Ideally, the menstrual cycle is 28 days. Plus or minus of seven days is considered normal. If bleeding happens in between or if the bleeding cycle lasts for a long time it is irregular bleeding. Also, if your periods are missing or delayed it is irregular. In short, if menstrual bleeding is missed, or delayed or early It is termed as irregular periods.

Irregular Periods: Causes, Management and Home Remedies

Irregular Periods: Causes, Management and Home Remedies

You are considered to be suffering from the irregular menstrual cycle, go for a test. If 3 of your consecutive menstrual cycle is either delayed or happens in between the two expected cycles.

What Causes of the Irregular Menstrual Cycle

The most common cause of missing periods in women of reproductive age who is sexually active and have practiced unsafe sex may be conception.

Irregular Menstrual Cycle

Irregular Menstrual Cycle

But causes that may cause irregular periods are an intake of contraceptive pills, menopause, poor Diet. over-exercising, overweight, PCOS, excessive drinking and smoking, stress and thyroid disorder.

Let us Learn about These Causes in Details:

1.Improper Diet-

A healthy diet means a happy life. Proper diet is essential for women to maintain regular periods. Foods provide us with nutrients and antioxidants. Food affects the adrenal glands as well as thyroid glands. If hormone production by these glands is disturbed periods become irregular.

Improper Diet

Improper Diet


About 80 percent of females of reproductive age suffers from PCOS. This condition is characterized by increased levels of male hormones, unwanted hair growth and obesity. It causes irregular periods and inability to conceive. Reports show high levels of insulin in such females. Many females suffering from PCOS come to know about it when they are trying to conceive, but fails and then meet their doctor. The cause of PCOS is not known, but improper diet. Lack of exercise, junk and processed foods, stress, disturbed sleep cycle may be a cause. By proper diet this condition can be treated.


Exercise is linked to improper periods. Both lack of exercise and too much rigorous exercise can lead to irregular periods. The menstrual cycle of women depends on the body fat and hormonal balance. On losing weight suddenly hormonal balance is lost. Same happens with weight gain.


Moderate to too much alcohol affects the menstrual cycle. The alcohol toxins damage our tissues and cause hormonal imbalance. In fact, it has been found that alcohol may cause an increase in testosterone and estrogen hormones. This not only causes irregular periods, but also causes infertility.

Too Much Alcohol

Too Much Alcohol


smoking affects the level of the sex hormones. It acts as a metabolic stressor. Also, there is a long list of health hazards caused due to smoking. So better quit smoking.


Extreme stress stops estrogen and other reproductive hormone production. This happens because our brain gets busy in utilizing its energy to manage stress.

Management of Irregular Periods

To treat irregular periods pay attention to diet. Avoid processed food, fatty foods, refined sugar. Eat whole grains
Better try yoga, meditation and breathing exercises to relax. Drink lots of water and exercise for 45 minutes for 5 days in a week. 

Home Remedies to Regularize Periods


Its warm and can regularize periods by improving the hormonal balance. Add one-fourth teaspoon of turmeric to your milk or in water and drink it before going to sleep. Repeat this every day.

Turmeric Remedy

Turmeric Remedy


Ginger is known to regulate the periods by promoting the menstrual flow. It also relives from the discomfort and unbearable pain. Add a half teaspoon honey to a teaspoon crushed and strained ginger juice. Have this daily after each meal for a month.

3.Fennel Seeds-

Fennel seed promotes menstruation. It has antispasmodic properties. Soak two tablespoons of fennel seeds in a glass of water and leave it over night. In the morning strain the solution and have it.

Fennel seed promotes menstruation

Fennel seed promotes menstruation

4.Unripe papaya-

Unripe papaya is known to contract the muscles and induce the periods. Drink juice of run ripe papaya or eats it. Try this for a month.

5.Apple Cider Vinegar-

Apple cider vinegar is known to reduce the level of insulin and blood sugar. This way it maintains the hormonal balance. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and have it daily for a month.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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