May 242011
 


Unpredictable menstrual cycles are frustrating, annoying, and sometimes even anxiety-inducing. So, learning how to get a normal monthly period can be a life-changing event.

Many readers ask me about getting a normal period every month, such as this one:

“I am 19 years old and I have had irregular periods ever since I first got my period at the age of 12,” says D. on Tips for Regulating Your Menstrual Cycle. “There are some months where I get it too early and some months where I don’t get any at all.”

Ladies, learning about your body’s monthly menstrual cycle is key to figuring out if you’ll ever get a normal monthly period, or if you need to resign yourself to fluctuating, unpredictable periods (a pain in the tooshie!).

If you haven’t tried yoga, read The Woman’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle. Yoga for its many positive health effects, including balancing hormones that are vital to getting a normal monthly period.

Another possibility for coping with irregular cycles is a herbal tea supplement such as Yogi Woman’s Moon Cycle — it’s especially for easing menstrual symptoms.





How to Get a Normal Monthly Period

The first thing I always tell women is to go to a doctor. Don’t rely on the internet for specific, personal health advice. The ‘net is great for basic facts and information, but medical advice needs to come from a doctor.

I’m proud of this reader, because she’s already been to the doctor…

“I went to a doctor to check my ovaries but she said there was nothing wrong with them. She said that it was normal and that even people who get their period for once a year is also considered normal…The doctor did not give me any medication; she said I don’t need to add a lot of chemicals to my body. So, just to get a second opinion, what do you think I should do?”

Getting a second opinion from a different medical doctor is often helpful. Have you only seen a family doctor or general practitioner? Talk to a gynecologist, who specializes in women’s reproductive health.

How to Get a Normal Monthly Period

Remember that unpredictable periods are normal. “[Besides pregnancy], a possible cause for a missed period is anovulation, which simply means you did not ovulate that month. It’s possible that your next period may be heavier or longer if you have skipped a period in between,” says Dr Oz in Is Your Period Normal? “For most women, incidental anovulation is normal and not a cause for worry. Some women simply have a more sensitive endocrine feedback system so that changes in stress, weight, and other factors cause shifts in their menstrual cycle.”

So, missing your period every so often is normal. So are late periods, light periods, and some cramping. Not getting regular monthly periods is annoying, it doesn’t necessarily need to be treated. That’s why D.’s doctor didn’t prescribe anything to make her menstrual cycle more regular.

Think about herbs and natural remedies. D. asked if there are pills or medications that regulate hormones, other than the birth control pill. This is a great question! The more regular your hormones are, the higher the chances you’ll get a normal monthly period. Many women love the pill because it makes their periods like clockwork. Remember that there are many different types of birth control pills, many dosages, many levels of estrogen. The trick is finding the best one for you.

If you search the internet, you’ll find TONS of information about herbal supplements that regulate hormones and help women get normal monthly periods.

For example: “Vitex berry (chaste tree berry)…stimulates the pituitary gland, which is the master gland that regulates sex hormone production and helps to normalize progesterone levels. Vitex is an herb of choice when needing to regulate an erratic menstrual cycle. It can help both menorrhagia (excessive bleeding) and polymenorrhea (periods that occur too frequently), as well as amenorrhea and spotting between cycles. It can also help women establish more regular cycles after they stop taking birth control pills.”

This sounds perfect, but where does it come from? A website called AIM at Discount. Their aim is to sell supplements, so of course they’ll tell you want you want to hear! Do not trust websites whose sole goal is to sell products.

So, don’t rush out and buy chaste tree berry to regulate your period. Herbal supplements can be as potent as prescription medications, and can have negative effects on your health – especially if combined with prescription meds. Further, natural herbs aren’t regulated or well-researched, so you don’t know exactly what you’re getting.

Talk to a naturopathic physician. The best way to learn how to regulate your monthly period with natural herbal supplements is to talk to a certified naturopathic physician or practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Get one-on-one health advice from someone who is trained, who will take your medical history, and who will give you advice based on your body.

An appointment with a naturopath can cost $50 to $100 an hour, but it’s worth it. It’s an investment that can change your life for the better! But, do your research first. Try to get recommendations from people you know, and ask for a free initial consultation.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Certain foods can affect your menstrual cycle, as can stress, sleep disruptions, being overweight or underweight, and not getting enough exercise. Balancing your hormones isn’t about what pills or medications you can take, it’s about being as healthy as possible in all aspects of your life.

Avoid white sugar, refined foods, simple carbs, and a high-fat diet. Try to avoid foods from packages, such as Kraft Dinner, ramen noodles, or even canned soups. Eat foods that are as close to their original state as possible: fresh fruits and veggies, whole grain breads, brown rice, etc.

One last tip on how to get a normal monthly period

Get health information from websites such as the MayoClinic, WebMD, and government health organizations. Sites like mine are good for fact-based information and opinion, but they’re not the best way to get personal medical information.

If you hate getting your period, read Benefits of Getting Your Period – How Menstruation is Good for You.

And if you’d like to share your experiences with “Aunt Flo”, please comment below.

how to get a normal monthly period

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen (but I wish my name was Rosie Frost!). I'm a bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer. My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher, Mr Merritt, always used to ask me that. And I am happy - despite a difficult childhood (schizophrenic mother, no father, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian.

How is your life unfolding - what do you need? I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

In peace and passion.... Laurie

  13 Responses to “How to Get a Normal Monthly Period”

  1. If you’re not getting a normal monthly period, it’s important to talk to your doctor in person. There may be all sorts of health reasons or medical issues – I don’t want to scare you, but you can’t get a diagnosis online! You need to see a gynecologist or doctor in person.

  2. i am diagnosed with PCOS than i use food suppliments nd Dine 35 .periods become regular for almost a year.now i skipped a month period. gettin upset that whats goin wrong its almost two months without period.

  3. I’m sorry you’re not getting normal monthly periods, but unfortunately I don’t have the answers you need. To regulate your period, you need to get examined in person by a gynecologist.

    Be careful about seeking personal medical advice from strangers on the internet! They’ve never examined you, and don’t know your genetics, body, or history. You need to see a doctor in person, and ask her or him to help you get a normal monthly period.

    I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful, and wish you all good health.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  4. Hi,im elena & im 28y/o.last year,i stop my pills@january,so,after that, i didnt take a pills again then month of aug.i tried to do a extreme workout and diets then mo.of sept.,my mens was absent til dec.but im not preggy,when i did a checkup and ultrasound,my OB says my ovary was clear and clean so no problem,they are so confusing if what is the prob why i should not having a mens then the prob was i had an amenorrea bcoz of hormonal imbalances and i got that bcoz of my extreme exercise.she prescripted me a progesterone tablet,after 9 days,i had my mens then she prescripted me again a pills then i took that again til i stopped it since 4weeks now bcoz i already did an exercise and diets again,and i had my mens last month.i stopped that pills bcoz i really felt so getting bigger and bigger bcoz of that pills!and im very cold regarding to sex so i decided to be lessen my weight for my activeness again on bed..of course,i did that for my next pregnancy if i will conceived again if ever…now,im worried for my upcoming mens,what can i do to normalize my mens again??pls help me thanks…

  5. Dear ma’am ,

    Im 14 yrs old , i have been regular on my period. But this month , it skipped . i dont know why , this is the first time it happened .Hellppp !

    P.S. Im still a virgin.

  6. I am going through a very though time in the last year i only got my period 3 times the whole year.. i currently know i have cysts on my left ovary and havent had a period in 5 months.. im going to go see my ob-gyn this thursday and hopefully find out somethings why im not having my period.. i actually miss having it! seems like im not a woman without my period and im not pregnant!!! i sometimes think about it and start to cry im only 23 years of age and ive been waiting for the day to become a mother…. but it seems like that will never happen ive tried everything besides in vitro and fertility meds… i just want my period back and hope to soon have a child…

  7. Doctor Laurie,
    During my junior year of high school my periods became increasingly sporadic. They have never really been normal, but in junior year my cycle became crazy. I wouldn’t have a period for 6 months and then I would have it for about 45 days straight. I went to a gynecologist to get checked out and they said I was normal and gave me birth control. I used it until halfway through my senior year when I felt like my period was normal. Then, it became irregular again. I am now a freshman in college and now I haven’t had my period since September although the last time I had it it lasted for 7 days which I believe is normal. My mom told me to say my period was normal so I could get birth control from my dermatologist so I did, but I am wondering if I should get checked out again. What do you think? I know it is a long way away but does the fact that I am irregular reveal anything about my fertility? I don’t know if you need to know this but I am a virgin, I am almost 19, and I am 5 feet and about 100 pounds. Thank you so much and I appreciate whatever feedback you have.
    Thanks,
    Emily

  8. Dear Ana,

    I’m sorry your period isn’t normal every month. I wish I could help, but I can’t offer medical advice.

    You need to see a doctor, and get an in-person physical exam. If you’ve already seen one doctor, you need to get a second opinion from a different medical doctor, or talk to a naturopathic physician about how to get a normal period.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer a treatment or cure! All I can do is encourage you to talk to a doctor in person, and get tested in person. You can’t get a medical diagnosis or treatment on the internet — all you can get here is factual information.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  9. dear mamdam,
    now im 21age and when i was 19 age i got right ovarian simple cyst after my treatment im getin normal but now same problem like poONAM..

    i m 21 years girl my periods are not regular that means which r not come without medicines. When i will take a medicine after that i have come periods & there after is nothing.
    for that i have taken no. of medicines, & i have take all check up report is normal bt there is fault only in uterus uterus is small size as comparison to normal size

    Can i get freedom from this problem and from 2 month with out medicines take waitin 4 getin normal period …. pls mam reply m

  10. Dear Stephanie,

    What does your doctor say you should do about getting a normal monthly period? I can’t say anything about chaste berry, as it depends on what other medications you’re taking. The only person who can help you get a regular period is a medical doctor or naturopathic physician.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  11. hi laurie, I am 26 years old havent had a period since jan. I took a hormone to get it. what should I do? is chaste berry a good idea?

  12. Dear Poonam,

    Yes, I’m certain you can get normal monthly periods — you can get freedom from this problem! But, you can’t get the type of help you need online.

    You need to see a doctor, and get an in-person physical exam. I know you’ve had a check up report (by a doctor, I hope!) and that all is normal. So, it’s time to either get a second opinion from a different medical doctor, or talk to a naturopathic physician about how to regulate your periods in natural ways.

    I’m sorry I can’t offer a treatment or cure! All I can do is encourage you to talk to a doctor in person, and get tested in person. You can’t get a medical diagnosis or treatment on the internet — all you can get here is factual information.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  13. dear mam

    i m 22 years girl my periods are not regular that means which r not come without medicines. When i will take a medicine after that i have come periods & there after is nothing.
    for that i have taken no. of medicines, & i have take all check up report is normal bt there is fault only in uterus uterus is small size as comparison to normal size

    Can i get freedom from this problem. pls mam reply me

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