Irregular periods are simply those that are not regular. If you suffer from irregular periods, you simply will not know when your period is going to appear. Cycles can vary from 23 to 35 days, but they are classed as regular if your periods occur at roughly the same time each cycle. So, even if your periods are, say, 35 days apart instead of the usual 28, but they always appear at day 35, they would be classified as being 'normal'. Irregular periods can be extremely difficult or even impossible to track.
Symptoms of Irregular Periods
Common symptoms of irregular periods:
Infrequent/too frequent periods
Abnormal duration of bleeding
Changes in blood flow
Fertility and Irregular Periods
Yoga Practice For Irregular Periods
There are certain general yoga Asanas, which are beneficial in addition to specific ones targeting the root cause. They are as follows:
Baddha Konasana (Cobbler pose, sitting)
Supta Baddhakonasana (Cobbler pose, lying down)
The Cow Pose (Gaumukhasan – extremely beneficial for irregular periods)
Janu Shirasana (Head to Knee Pose)
Virasana (The Hero Pose)
Supta Virasana (Hero Pose, lying down)
The Cobra Pose (Bhujang Asana)
The Half Wheel Pose (Ardhachakrasana)
The Lion Pose (For thyroid disorders)
These poses are aimed at increasing spinal flexibility, toning abdominal muscles, reducing stress levels, and regulating the endocrine system to restore hormonal balance. Some re-energize the energy centers of the body and help balance body functions. It is advised to do these poses for 3 to 5 times and hold your body in the stretched position for at least 30 seconds each time.
Along with these Asanas, breathing exercises (Pranayama) are very beneficial to regulating the menstrual cycle. Anulom Vilom (deep breathing through alternate nostril) is very beneficial to reducing stress levels and cooling your body and Kapalbhati (forceful breathing focusing on pressurizing the stomach) is helpful for regulating thyroid, obesity, and digestive disorders. All these factors can sometimes work together to cause irregular periods.
Home Remedies for Irregular Periods
Once your doctor has given a go ahead, you could use a lot of home remedies for irregular periods. Some of the home remedies for irregular periods include:
Asafetida is widely known for its beneficial effects in regularizing the problem of irregular periods.
Women who are anemic suffer a lot during menstruation. Sesame seeds offer relief from pain during menstruation. Add one tablespoon of sesame seeds in one glass of water and boil it. Allow it to cool and strain the mixture. Drink this water twice a day during menstruation.
Avoid fried foods, caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and colas and meat and alcohol during menstruation as it can disrupt the natural cycle of your body.
Drinking the juice of bitter gourd everyday can also help to regularize your periods.
Drinking fennel seeds mixed in a glass of water is also recommended for restoring regular periods.
Grind one teaspoon of radish seeds and mix with buttermilk. Drink this mixture every day.
Consuming grape juice daily is also recommended to restore regular periods.
Drink a glass of carrot juice everyday for three months. This herbal remedy helps in treating an irregular menstrual cycle
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