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.