Jul 122009
 

Regulating your menstrual cycle will help you feel healthy and happy – and it’s not difficult to learn how to get regular periods. Eating certain foods can give you a regular menstrual cycle, especially if you have irregular periods or amenorrhea (no periods at all).

how to get regular periods

Fish Oil Can Help Regulate Menstrual Cycles

An Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement can help make your menstrual cycle regular even though it’s not a food. Dr Rebecca Booth, author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age, recommends adding a fish oil supplement to your diet instead of eating a lot of fish because of the mercury in some tuna, swordfish, mackerel, etc.

Before we get into the list of foods that make your menstrual cycle regular, here’s something interesting about getting your period: “When estrogen is high during their cycle, women are more at ease with themselves,” writes Dr Booth in The Venus Week. “They are more confident performing tasks and accomplishing goals and more socially agile and bale to articulate themselves more fully and clearly.” This is one of the benefits of getting your period - but first you have to learn how to get regular periods.

But, if your period is irregular or nonexistent, you won’t benefit from the effects of high estrogen. The point of highest estrogen is your pre-ovulatory stage. If you’re on a 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs from days 12-16 (though it varies, depending on your stress level, the foods you eat, the exercise you’re doing, etc). This means that pre-ovulation occurs on about days 8-11 (but again, it varies from woman to woman).

5 Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular

Your first step in regulating your periods is figuring out what’s causing an irregular menstrual cycle. Once you determine the cause, you’ll be better able to find an effective treatment. Read 6 Things That Cause Irregular Periods.

Omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, sardines, etc

how to get regular periods

“Foods That Regulate Your Menstrual Cycle”

The blood vessels in your ovaries are tiny, which makes them vulnerable to damage and poor circulation. Smoking, obesity, and high cholesterol can negatively affect your ovarian blood vessels, which blocks hormones and blood flow. Fish oils enhance blood circulation, reduce damage from free radicals, fight the effects of aging, and increase dopamine (which improves your mood!).

Dr Booth recommends adding a fish oil supplement to your diet as a way to get regular periods, instead of eating a high fish diet (because of the mercury in some tuna, swordfish, mackerel, etc).

Non-white foods

Most natural foods are not white, so you can assume that if a food is white, it is probably processed to the point of being unhealthy! To make your menstrual cycle regular, avoid white flour, sugar, white potatoes, white bread, white pasta, and white rice. They disrupt your menstrual cycle by creating insulin surges that result in fat storage. This excess fat storage negatively affects ovulation and your periods – and can cause irregular periods. Stop eating food that is white as a way to get regular periods.

Protein – cottage cheese, lean meats, nuts

“Finding sources of balanced protein can be a challenge for busy women, but it is a must for hormonal balance, writes Dr Booth in The Venus Week. The more you balance your hormones, the more regular your menstrual cycle will be. Plant proteins are especially good for enhancing fertility and hormonal balance: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cheese, hard boiled eggs, soy chips, hummus, canned sardines, and edamame.

how to get regular periodsAnother “food” to make menstruation regular is nettle leaf tea. If you haven’t tried herbal tea to regulate your cycle, check out Yogi Woman’s Energy Tea. It’s made with nettle leaf, which some say is good for regular periods.

Vitamin D is another way to get regular periods

If you aren’t getting enough vitamin D, check out the Vitamin D3 Softgel Supplement. This vitamin improves communication between your cells, which stabilizes your hormones. Vitamin D is also vital in cancer protection – especially breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers. “Vitamin D is a little hard to come by in food,” writes Dr Booth. Eat vitamin D-fortified milk products, tuna, egg yolks, salmon, sardines, and (yuck) cod liver oil.

To increase your vitamin D and make your menstrual cycle regular, make sure you getting enough sunlight. Where you live and the color of your skin determines how much time you should spend in the sun, but my research tells me that the average North American should spend about 10 minutes in the sun about 2-3 times per week. If you aren’t getting enough vitamin D and you want to regulate your menstrual cycle, check out the vitamin D supplement.

Dark chocolate

“Chocolate contains flavenoids, which have estrogen-like activity and help improve circulation by reducing platelet clumping, writes Dr Booth in The Venus Week. Flavenoids also enhance microcirculation in the ovaries and endocrine glands, and increase dopamine (a “feel good” hormone).

Not just any old chocolate will do: eat dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa solids.

Your comments on how to get regular periods are welcome below. But, I can’t offer personal medical advice! Please talk to a gynecologist or your family doctor in person if you’re having problems with irregular periods and you want to make your menstrual cycle regular.

quips tips coping infertilityI'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I've been married almost a decade. My husband Bruce and I live in Vancouver, BC with our critters. We can't have kids, and are learning to accept whatever life brings - both good and bad. I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology. I'd love to hear from you below - but I can't give health advice or counseling.

  270 Responses to “5 Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular”

  1. SADIA, SEX IS FACTOR OF MENSTRUATION. BUT THE MAJOR FACTOR IS HORMONE.IT APPEARS FROM THE LAST COMMENT THAT YOUR HORMONAL LEVEL IS NOT NORMAL AFTER YOUR TREATMENT. BETTER YOU VISIT TO AN AYURVEDIC DOCTOR FOR PERMANENT CURE AND FOLLOW DISCIPLINED LIFE STYLE.

  2. thank you so much for giving me suggestion .. i want to tell u that i had sex with protection 10 days ago my periods date. i checked pregnancy through home test twice and it was negative…can that be issue with my menstrual cycle?

  3. Dear Sadia,

    I think you should talk to your gynecologist about why your periods aren’t regular. You need to talk to an expert in-person to find out what’s going on with your hormones and menstrual cycle.

    Yes, sex can affect your menstrual cycle — but how it changes your periods depends on your hormones, how often you have sex, and other underlying health issues. Again, it really is best to talk to a doctor about how to make your menstrual cycle regular.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  4. hello. last time i got periods on 1 june and today is 21 july and i didn’t get periods. it was early problem with me . i checked to a doctor and took medicine nearly 7 months after that my menstrual cycle was normal. now once again after 7 months i got this problem.. please tell me what i do? and please tell me that can sex disturbs menstrual cycle?l’

  5. Dear Anu,

    What does your gynecologist say about the progesterone supplements and crisanta contraceptive, now that you’re trying to get pregnant? I don’t know anything about those things, but I do know that sometimes women have to be off contraception for 2 or 3 months before trying to conceive a baby. Please talk to your doctor before you go further, to make sure you’re waiting long enough for the hormones to get out of your system.

    Congratulations on your marriage and upcoming family! Be patient and faithful, and you will conceive.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  6. Dear Suji,

    Did your doctor prescribe restrogen? If so, go back to that same doctor and tell him or her what’s happening. It’s not good to try to get personal medical advice about getting regular periods on the internet — you need a gynecologist to see you in person, to give you the best help.

  7. Can anyone advice me on this!!!!! Plz… I took restrogen to stop my periods for a while… Im now getting heat boils like externally… This is really scary now. What do i do to get my regular periods!!!! Plz advice

  8. Hi, 7months back i got married and from then onwards I am not getting my periods regularly. As per gynaecologist’s suggestion i had used progesterone supplement capsules. And she had given me crisanta contraceptive pills as a course for 2months. Now we are planning for kids. I am in a confusion that whether to use those pills,or not? And please let me know the natural ways to regularize my periods.

  9. To have a normal menstrual cycle, you need to go beyond eating foods that make your periods regular. You have to talk to a doctor in person – preferably a gynecologist. You need to find out what is causing your irregular periods, because you may need more than “easy” solutions. It’s easy to eat a balanced diet and take fish oil supplements, but finding the actual cause of your irregular menses is more complicated. And it’s that more complicated cause that is really important to discover!

  10. Good day,I Zai suffering for abnormal menstrual cycle ever since when i was in high school until now I’m 31 yrs old. I have a 1 child she’s 4yrs old.but until now my menstruation still abnormal. sometimes i have monthly but sometimes 2 or 3 months before i have a menstruation. I remember when i was in college 6 months straight no menstruation. What should i do to have a normal menstruation???? Kindly give me your advice and responds..thank you and god bless

  11. what to do after my operation last february 6 2014 my menstruation doesnt back again….

  12. There is yet another indication for hormonal imbalance in female body which may lead to PCOS, is the lump at breast and the female can check it very easily.As a doctor, I generally tell my female patient to check breast at regular interval of two weeks and I always advice my patient to go for check up to doctor if any sign of lump persist over for one month at a stretch.This checking is easy and can be in general a sure indication of hormonal imbalance and this also prevents from large scale onslaught of disease of gynaecology.

  13. The most important tip on how to get regular periods is to learn why your periods are irregular. Eating the right food may not make a difference if you have, for example, PCOS.

    Here’s what a recent research study from Loyola Medicine says:

    While irregular periods are common among teenage girls, an underlying hormonal disorder may be to blame if this problem persists. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder that is characterized by an excess of androgens or male hormones in the body. The imbalance of hormones interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries, which can prevent ovulation and menstruation.

    “PCOS can be overlooked because irregular periods are normal in teens,” said Suzanne Kavic, MD, division director, Reproductive Endocrinology, Loyola University Health System (LUHS). “However, if erratic menstrual cycles persist later into the teen years, girls should see a specialist to determine if something else might be causing this issue.”

    Menstruation begins on average at age 12, and a normal menstrual cycle is approximately 28 days. Dr. Kavic reports that girls should have a regular menstrual cycle within approximately two years after they get their first period or by age 17 at the latest.

    Other symptoms associated with PCOS can include weight gain, hair growth on the body and face, thinning of the hair on the head, acne and infertility. Women with PCOS are at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and endometrial cancer. People with PCOS also tend to become resistant to insulin, which can lead to diabetes.

    “Symptoms associated with this syndrome can be concerning to young girls particularly during the teen years, which is already a stressful time,” Dr. Kavic said. “The good news is we can identify PCOS at an early age and begin managing symptoms to alleviate some of the anxiety for these girls.”

    Treatments for PCOS can include a combination of exercise, diet modifications and medication. Weight loss helps to regulate male hormones and blood sugar levels, which can restore ovulation and menstruation. Birth control pills also may be prescribed to control the menstrual cycle while other hormone therapies can decrease androgen levels and curb symptoms.

  14. Dr Mandal,

    Thank you for offering your thoughts on how to get a normal menstrual cycle! I appreciate it, and I know my readers do, too.

  15. Bhawna, better you go to any gynaecologist for checking.
    Consider the following:
    1.Are you suffering from the problem of lower abdominal pain at the time of last period?
    2.Did u felt pain at lower left abdomen at the time of physical relation?
    If the answer to both is yes then better go to any gynaecologist preferably to any ayurveda doctor for your treatment.

  16. I can’t give health advice about how to make your menstrual cycle regular, but I do encourage you to talk to your gynecologist. Be careful about getting personal medical advice on the internet. The internet is a great place for general information, but you need to talk to a doctor to get specific advice for your own body.

  17. hi i have been late for my peiods from couple of months i didnt write the date but i write down that i got my periods in aprril 4th and today is may 18th and i havent got my periods yet i took pregnancy test twice and thet were negative and i am freaking out now i dont know what to do really why i am getting my perioda late every month i walked alot in april we went to hiking three times is it caused my periods late i walk evey month and i walk alot almost 10-15 miles every month sometimes more than that please tell me what to do thanks

  18. hello, i need some help on how to get normal on my menstruation, i got 2 days when i get my menstruation, but when i check to an pregnancy test it says that negative result. can you give some medicine to take, to have my normal menstruation. Please i need some advice. my regular menstruation is 3 days only. thanks for the help.

  19. Hello Anishsanth,

    I can’t tell you if your wife is pregnant – she needs to take a pregnancy test or go see a doctor. The best thing to do is take a pregnancy test, actually.

    If her periods aren’t regular, a gynecologist or naturopath can help her regulate her cycle. I wish I could be more helpful, but the truth is that the best place to get medical health information is in person, from a qualified doctor or health professional.

    I wish you all the best as you try to conceive.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  20. My wife is 24 her period usually 20 on every month.we had intercouse on15 jan 14 and on 20 jan 14 she got periods or bleeding after some days she suffered from vomitting and white discharge from vagina. We have done UPT it shows negative result. and tthis month she supposed to have periods(20 feb 14) but it didnt… is she is pregnant.. kindly give me reply soon

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