A woman's menstrual cycle (timeframe: about 28 days) takes the body to experience some physical changes that allow for reproduction. Menstruation, commonly referred to as a "period", is the process where the uterus sheds its lining. The period typically lasts for 2 to 8 days. But due to some factors, a period may delay and become irregular. Therefore, to some women whose period delays and those whose period will occur at an inconvenient time, like during a wedding, first day of school or vacation, taking some simple measures to induce a period is quite necessary and beneficial. Here are some home remedies explaining how to induce your period.
How to Induce Your Period
Take Vitamin C
Ingesting high doses of vitamin C increases estrogen production levels, which promotes the growth of the lining of uterus and promotes the uterus to contract. Vitamin C also keeps the uterus from having access to progesterone, which encourages it to shed its lining. However, side effects of high doses of vitamin C may include severe diarrhea and kidney stones. To limit these adverse effects, drinking a lot of water with vitamin C can help. You can also drink pure cranberry juice for vitamin C.
Note: Be sure that you are not pregnant before taking in large doses of vitamin C to avoid potential miscarriage.
Herbs known as emmenagogues, such as ginger and parsley, help to induce your period by causing contractions of the uterus. Try drinking 2 cups of parsley or ginger tea. Parsley and green tea are also excellent sources of vitamin C.
The best herbal remedy for inducing menstruation is Dong Quai. It promotes pelvic blood flow, helps to increase circulation, and increases the balance and strength of the uterus. Other herbs that are effective in inducing your period are white peony, primrose oil and pulsatilla.
Note: It is advised to seek help from a homeopath or herbalist in order to ensure proper dosage and usage of these herbs.
Eat Some Foods
Certain fruits including mango, papaya and pineapple, can help to induce your period. About 500 grams of papaya juice in 2 sittings should be enough.
Honey is also a great alternative to induce period. Try drinking a cup of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of honey.
Celery contains apiol which is known to promote contractions of the uterus. Celery also helps with pelvic blood flow and assists with inducing your period.
As a Chinese remedy for period irregularity, red dates can increase blood circulation and relieve blood clots in the uterus. You can try eating some red dates before your period to induce menstruation.
Reduce Your Stress
When your stress levels are high, cortisol and adrenalin released by your body will prevent the release of fertility hormones, thus resulting in a delayed period. Find ways to relax yourself such as listening to music or going outside for deep breathing. You can also enjoying a hot bath which is an effective way for both relaxing and inducing your period.
Take Physical Exercise
Taking part in half an hour of physical exercise, such as going up and down stairs, fast walking or jogging can help to induce your period. Exercise that focuses on the abdominal muscles, such as sit-ups can also be effective in getting your period faster.
Having sex can help induce menstruation by increasing the flow of blood to the vagina and prompting the uterus to contract. Afterwards, when the vagina becomes relaxed, the lining of the uterus is triggered to shed. Hormones found in semen soften the cervix, which is an important part in the process of your period. Therefore, sexual intercourse is an effective and enjoyable way to help get your period faster.
Apply a Hot Compress
Heating your body can help to induce your period. Try applying a hot compress, such as a heating pad or hot water, to your abdomen. Try sitting in a bath tub with warm water for a few days can be effective. It also helps to drink water at lukewarm temperature before your period.
Take Some Medicine
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are made with synthetic versions of estrogen and progesterone which regulate the body’s natural levels of these hormones and reduces the level of androgen. Taking these pills can help to induce your period as well as make it lighter and more regular. Birth control bills are usually given to women who are under 35 years old. They also help to enhance hair growth and minimize acne.
After the first day of your missed period, add 2 crushed aspirins, ½ tsp sugar and ½ tsp of honey into a ½ cup of water. Drinking this mixture can help to make your period come more regularly.
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