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How to get your period back with home remedies

This article will show you how to get your periods back with home remedies even if you have missed your period over a year and you are yet to hit menopause.

Even though so many factors such as age, diet and lifestyle contribute to this occurrence.

If you are in your twenties or early thirties and you are experiencing this problem then this article is for you.

You may have been asking how you would get your periods back with home remedies. This article will tell you exactly what to do get your period back and also have it regularly.

What Is Amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea can be defined as the absence of menstrual flow

Illustratively, If a woman has missed at least three menstrual periods in a row (which includes women who have just put to bed) or has not begun menstruation by the age of 15 then amenorrhea can be the issue.

The most common cause of amenorrhea is pregnancy. However, other causes can be issues with reproductive organs and challenges with the production and regulation of hormones.

Amenorrhea can be divided into two distinct groups: primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. However, secondary amenorrhea is the most common.

It is important to understand that absent menstrual cycles due to perimenopause and menopause are not considered amenorrhea.

Primary Amenorrhea

Defined as the absence of menstruation by the age of 14 with no secondary sexual characteristics, or the absence of menstruation by the age of 16 regardless of secondary sexual characteristics such as enlargement of breasts, widening of hips, armpit, pubic and leg hair and body odour etc. Primary amenorrhea is not too common. 

Underlying developmental issues are usually the main reason for primary amenorrhea and as such a reproductive endocrinologist can be engaged. However, natural remedies can also be used. A healthy lifestyle practice and eating well is a must.

Secondary Amenorrhea

This group is more common and can be defined as the absence of menstruation for at least 3 previous menstrual cycle lengths. 

It can also be defined as the absence of menstruation for at least 6 months in a woman who has had a previous menstrual cycle and is still within reproductive age. This is more common with women that are nursing babies.

Causes of Absent Period

It is not a disease if your menstrual cycle has stopped. It only indicates a sign that there is an underlying hormonal imbalance in the body.

Regular menstrual cycles are regulated by a relationship of hormones dictated by the endocrine system. 

That is why it is usually advised to run a hormonal profile to diagnose the hormone(s) that needs attention to maintain proper hormone balance in the body to effect regular and healthy menstrual flow.

I will attempt to briefly explain the causes of amenorrhea below.

Nutritional Deficiencies

One of the major underlying causes of amenorrhea is nutritional deficiencies.

It is not uncommon for the body, not the get the required daily nutritional and mineral content. As a result, it becomes difficult to maintain and coordinate normal body functions and this includes menstruation.

To maintain a healthy menstrual cycle, your body requires important nutrients. And deficiency of any of these nutrients will result in irregular periods and subsequently, it will stop.

Therefore, if you want to have a healthy menstrual cycle, it is vital that you eat a variety of whole foods.

You are what you eat and as such your body relies on the food you eat to function properly. Kindly note that there are key nutrients and foods that help to support a healthy menstrual cycle; if any of these are short in your body there will be a deficiency that may contribute to an absent period. 

Below are the most important key nutrients for a healthy menstrual cycle.

Iron: Lack or shortage of iron may result in the following

a.Anovulation (lack of ovulation) 

b. Poor egg health, which can prevent pregnancy 

Foods rich in iron are divided into two groups

Two distinct sources which are from either animal source or a non-animal source. 

Animal iron sources include grass-fed, chicken, eggs, elk, beef, and salmon. 

Non-animal iron-rich foods include blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, beans, nettles, dark leafy greens, seaweed, and quinoa.

“In a study of women who were having ovulation problems, 40% became fertile after supplementing with iron.” The Fertility Diet, Jorge Chavarro, MD and Walter C. Willett, MD

Vitamin C: Vitamin C increases fertility in women by improving hormone levels. When eating foods rich in iron, it is important to take food that contains vitamin C in order to absorb the iron properly. 

Good food sources of vitamin C are red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries and hibiscus flower tea.

B Vitamins: It is important to consume Green vegetables because they are rich in B vitamins which are necessary for proper hormonal balance.  

Essential Fatty Acids: EFA’s are important For hormone production essential fatty acids are very important. Today, it has been observed that many women are low in essential fatty acids, specifically omega 3. 

Some foods rich in EFAs are flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, shrimp and cod liver oil.

Fibre: When the hormones become excess in the body which can cause hormonal imbalance, fibre will help to remove the excess from the body 

In addition, Fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar levels, which helps to minimize fertility issues such as PCOS and immunological issues and promotes healthy hormonal balance.

Good examples of high fibre foods expected to be eaten are fresh fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, and beans.

Zinc: An important mineral that the body employs to keep hormone levels (like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle is Zinc.

 Certain amounts of zinc are needed by your body to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization. 

Rich sources of zinc are oysters, raw pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.

The best way to support your body in getting all the required daily nutrients is to take a whole food multivitamin. 

So the first step to getting your period back is Include a whole food multivitamin, along with eating a fertility diet.

Overweight or Underweight

Obesity and anovulation are directly connected. Body fat cells, called adipocytes produce estrogen. This means that there are great tendencies that Obese women may have too much estrogen as a result of too much body fat. 

However, women who are underweight may also have anovulation due to lack of body fat. Because is more likely that there may not be enough estrogen or adequate cholesterol levels in the body to support the menstrual cycle. 

Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the University of North Carolina have shown that women that carry out intense exercise regularly have significantly lower levels of the hormone estradiol, as a result, low body fat in key areas of the body. This will subsequently lead to anovulation. 

The hormone Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation, healthy gene expression, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and is important for a healthy menstrual cycle. Too much estrogen or too little in the body may cause imbalance and the menstrual cycle may cease. Now you can see why it is so important to have adequate amounts of body fat; not too much and not too little!

PCOS

One of the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age is Polycystic ovarian syndrome, sometimes also called polycystic ovarian dysfunction.

There are two distinct and consistent features of PCOS: absent periods or inconsistent menstrual cycles and hyperandrogenism (the body is producing too many androgens, the most common one being testosterone).

Stress

Stress can stop the menstrual cycle. Stress causes the body to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

These hormones are released when you are under stress and, in turn, prevents fertility hormones to be released at appropriate times during the menstrual cycle.

This will ultimately disrupt the menstrual cycle. Keeping stress levels under check is important for a healthy menstrual cycle.

Thyroid issues

The thyroid gland plays a big role in a healthy menstrual cycle. Too many thyroid hormones are produced when the thyroid gland is too active (Hyperthyroidism). This can cause absent periods.

While there are cases when the thyroid gland produces not enough thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) and this may result in irregular or heavy cycles

Menstrual cycle may be absent because of poor thyroid function.

 Pituitary tumour

The pituitary gland plays a role in the formation of hormones for a healthy menstrual cycle. With a tumour on the pituitary gland, a disruption in the release and production of certain hormones which may cause the menstrual cycle to seize.

Premature Ovarian Failure

POF, also termed as Ovarian Hypofunction, is defined as a loss of normal ovarian function before the age of 40. The menstrual cycle may cease before the age of 40, or become very erratic. This means that menopause will come earlier than expected.

Perimenopause and Menopause

A time leading up to menopause is called Perimenopause. Menstrual cycles become irregular and hormone levels fluctuate as perimenopause progresses toward menopause, 

It is possible at times that the menstrual cycle is absent for many cycles and then out of the blue it comes back for a couple of cycles, and disappears again, becoming erratic for some years. 

As the ovarian reserve diminishes and egg health declines, FSH levels rise and the menstrual cycle will become more and more irregular until eventually, it stops.

Menopause is defined as absent menstruation for a year or longer.

Menopause may also be confirmed by elevated FSH levels between 60 to 100mL/L on two tests done at least 1 month apart, and/or LH levels greater than 50mIU/L and estradiol levels less than 50pg/mL. 

Natural therapies cannot reverse the ageing process or bring back the menstrual cycles in a woman who has already gone through or is going through menopause.

If you have not had a menstrual period for 3 consecutive cycles or more, it is time to make an appointment with your doctor. 

They can help you to determine what the causes may be. Most medical doctors will often prescribe oral contraceptives (birth control pills) to get the menstrual cycle to regulate.

It is important to realize that this method will menstruation but will prevent pregnancy. Oral contraceptives do not take care of the underlying problem of why menses is absent

Luckily there are natural therapies such as herbs, specific massage techniques, supplements, stress reduction techniques, and dietary changes that can help support the body in regulating the menstrual cycle in most cases.

Let’s look at herbs that will help to bring your period back

Herbs to Bring on Menstruation

The following herbs outlined below will help to restore menstrual period. Please note that these herbs will only be effective if hormonal imbalance is the reason for the absent period.

You may not get the best results if nutritional deficiencies are the cause of absent periods. Therefore, it is paramount that you are on a healthy fertility diet before using these herbs for effective results.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother

ACV is an acidic liquid, it is a perfect recipe to balance the body’s pH and promote normal hormone production.

This liquid also contains a number of important vitamins and minerals, including iron, phosphorus, and vitamin B12, that helps to promote regular menstrual cycles. It helps to restore an absent period.

Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa)

How to get your periods back with home remedies
Black Cohosh helps regulate menstrual cycle

Black cohosh has been traced back to several hundreds of years ago to help bring back the menstrual cycle. This herb helps to regulate the menstrual cycle while making sure that the uterus is calm.

Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis)

Dong Quai is the main herb to use when you want to bring back your menstrual cycle

To bring back your menstrual period, this is the main herb to use.

Dong Quai promotes blood flow to the pelvis and nourishes the blood while supporting the body to restore absent periods. Dong Quai is iron-rich and helps to regulate hormones and helps to tone the uterine area.

Motherwort aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca)

Motherwort helps for bring back periods

This herb has proven to be effective in reducing cramps and uterine muscle spasm. It helps to improve uterine tone while mildly stimulating the uterus, helping the uterus to work efficiently, which is, in turn, brings on menstruation.

White Peony (Paeonia officinalis)

White Peony

This herb helps to build blood and promote blood circulation to the reproductive organs. White Peony provides excellent hormone balancing support and helps to reduce pain.

Herbs that help to promote Regular Menstrual Cycles

The herbs listed below are recommended for use once the first menstrual flow shows up or after performing a Fertility Cleanse.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari for maintain regular menstrual cycles

Shatavari helps to promote and maintain regular menstrual cycles by helping to regulate estrogen levels. It is is also an adaptogen that helps to support the endocrine system for healthy hormonal balance.

Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)

Tribulus Terrestris is amazing for improving fertility

Tribulus has been helpful when normalizing ovulation in infertile women. The herb supports healthy hormone levels. It is a known female reproductive system tonic and may increase libido.

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)

Vitex Chasteberry the wonder herb for getting your period back

Vitex is a wonder herb and excellent for amenorrhea due to hormonal imbalance. It helps to balance hormones without containing any hormones itself.

Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by correcting the problem at the source.

Numerous botanical/herb books report clinical data and studies show how effective vitex can be for all types of menstrual cycle irregularities when used consistently for many months.

Vitex normalizes ovulation, improve a short luteal phase, support healthy hormone levels, and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

In her book Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Physician, Midwife, and Herbalist Dr Aviva Romm and Registered Herbalist Bevin Clair, MS, CHS share reports demonstrating how Vitex can be extremely helpful in bringing back the menstrual cycle in women with absent periods due to eating disorders and lack of menstruation due to breastfeeding.

We do not advise weaning a baby until they are over a year old. For mothers of older babies who are ready to try to conceive again, and still have yet to begin menstruating, vitex may be an option.

Summary.

To get your periods back,

  1. Start to nourish your body with good nutrition before taking herbs or else you may get the expected results from herbs.
  2. Use multivitamins and reduce stress as much as possible
  3. Use herbs to restore and maintain regular periods
  4. Patience is a must, cut out anxiety so that you will get results.

Here you have a comprehensive list of home remedies that will help to bring your periods back.

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