“I love my periods”, said no woman ever. The constant mood swings, terrible cramps, bloating, the acne marks, there are a hundred things that women hate about periods. As much as we hate periods, a delay can soar our anxieties. Although a slight delay is very common, and a sigh of relief for us. A considerable delay, however, can be a cause for concern. 

Our body shows signs when something wrong is going on inside.  A delayed or missed period can mean a lot of things. The major and most obvious one, you are pregnant (if you miss your period). The other possible reasons for delayed or missed periods can be PCOS, obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, thyroid or Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). 

But wait, there’s no need to worry yet. Delayed periods can also be because of stress, a sedentary lifestyle, low body weight or hormonal imbalances. This is why, we suggest you not to panic and first try out these ways to regulate periods. 

Here are some ways to regulate your periods

Exercise regularly

The pros of exercising would definitely outnumber the cons. Exercise keeps our weight in check, controls our blood sugar and cholesterol, and strengthens bones and muscles – we are only listing a few, there are limitless benefits of exercising regularly. Adding to this long list of benefits, exercise can help regulate your periods. 

Your period cycle can be affected by stress. Stress releases hormones that can cause irregular periods. As exercise releases endorphins, the happy hormones, it rebalances your period-related hormones. 

In addition, if you are someone who suffers from unbearable period cramps, exercise can provide relief. You can indulge in strength training, Pilates, dancing or cycling to regulate your periods and ease cramps. 

Yoga asanas 

“Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists” – Unknown

Yoga is not only an exercise for the body but for the soul. The world acknowledges the benefits of yoga, it’s time you should too if you are yet to try it. A good reason for you to start is that some yoga asanas can help regulate your period. These asanas can facilitate the production of hormones that regulate your period cycle. Consequently, they may help bring your menstrual cycle back on track. 

Some of the yoga asanas you can try are Surya Namaskar, Kapalbhati Pranayam, Bhadrasana, Dhanurasana, and Vajrasana, 

Drink apple cider vinegar daily 

Apple cider vinegar is a holy grail for most people. It can whiten teeth, prevent type 2 diabetes, improve acne, and reduce dandruff. Here’s another addition for those of you worried about late periods – some studies suggest that drinking apple cider vinegar daily may restore your periods. However, there is only limited research that can prove the same. 

Have a pineapple 

Although there is only limited research to prove it, pineapple can be a remedy for irregular periods. As per a study, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that apparently softens the lining of the uterus and consequently regulates your periods. 

The enzyme may also have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with menstrual cramps. However, there is little evidence to support the effectiveness.  

Try acupuncture 

The contribution of acupuncture in reducing stress, joint pain and headaches has not gone unnoticed. Turns out, acupuncture can also help regularise periods. The practice involves 

positioning thin needles at various energy points across the body, which can help regulate periods and provide relief from symptoms of PMS.

As per a few studies, acupuncture can decrease FSH levels and restore the menstruation cycle. Alternate studies also suggest that acupuncture can decrease and soothe painful menstruation. 

Try herbal supplements

Vitamin deficiencies can also make your periods irregular. As per a study, low levels of vitamin D can contribute to the issue. You can overcome these deficiencies by taking a vitamin-rich diet. You can also try taking supplements for these deficiencies. However, as some health supplements can interact with underlying conditions, it is highly advisable that you consult your doctor before consuming any supplements. Getting a health check-up for deficiency is also imperative before you take these supplements. 

The bottom line

Delayed periods can get any woman anxious. It’s okay if there is a slight delay or if it happens once in a blue moon, but if it becomes a pattern, it may be a sign to pay attention to the issue. You can try out the ways mentioned above. If they do not seem to work for you, you must consult a gynaecologist immediately.

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