Help for Irregular Periods/Menstration
Get Your Irregular Menstrual Cycle Back on Track

Predicting ovulation and timing intercouse can be quite difficult if you have irregular periods and are trying to get pregnant.


Irregular menstrual cycles can be a hassel even if you are not trying to conceive.

First, it's important to know the cause of your irregular menstration. It's a good idea to see a health practioner to rule out pathalogical causes.

Some Pathalogical Causes of Irregular Periods

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Anemia
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • PCOS (poly cystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Endometriosis
  • Cancer

If, however, you experience the occasional irregular menstrual cycle, most likely there is nothing to worry about. But if you believe there is a problem, then by all means see your doctor. See normal menstrual cycle length here.

Next, it's probably a good idea to rule out pregnancy. Have you taken a pregnancy test lately?

Once those above are ruled out, then we're left with what is know as "disfuctional uterine bleeding" when no underlying pathologies are found or suspected.

Disfuctional Causes of Irregular Periods

  • Coming off birth control pills
  • Stress
  • Sudden loss of weight or sudden weight gain
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Metabolic imbalance

Irregular menstrual cycles can (but not always) be a sign of a fertility problem. If you suspect this to be the reason that you have not conceived yet, then follow the remedies listed below.

Natural Remedies for Irregular Periods

  • Try to relieve stress as best you can. (I know, easier said than done) Maybe yoga, aromatherapy, cutting back on responsibilities. Whatever works for you.
  • Get regular, but not extensive, exercise.
  • Eat healthy nutritionally balanced meals.
  • Healthy weight. Sometimes just losing or gaining a few extra pounds can make a big difference. (See Weight and Fertility connection here.)
  • Natural Progesterone

Herbal Remedies for Irregular Periods

The pros of these herbal remedies are that they are safe and all natural and have been used for centuries with no (or minimal) side affects. Support the body’s innate hormonal cycle, and restore a natural rhythm. The cons are that they may take longer than medical intervention. But herbal healing deals with the underlying problem (healing the whole person) instead of just treating the symptom, which can often make things worse.

  • Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) (Oenothera spp.) helps to balance hormones to promote regular periods.
  • Vitex agnus castus (chase tree berry) balances hormones and menstrual cycle, promotes and normalizes ovulation, and helps with amenorrhea (lack of periods and ovulation)
  • Stoneseed and Gromwell (Lithosperma ruderale, Lithosperma officinale) like Vitex, also work on the hypothamus to balance hormones and promote regular cycles. Either are used to reduce estrogen and promote progesterone.
  • Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris) helps stimulate ovulation thereby regulating irregular periods.
  • Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) root helps with delayed or lack of menstruation periods, regulates irregular menstrual cycles, and encourages regular cycles after stopping birth control pills.
  • Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) and/or Burdock root (Arctium lappa) support the liver function to eliminate excess estrogens to promote balance which corrects irregular periods.
  • Fertility Cleanse rids toxins and excess hormone build-up from the organs of the endocrine/reproductive system to promote regular period cycles and also helps the herbs listed above to work much better and faster.
  • Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) and/or Fertility Monitor (to see if you are ovulating)

Medical Remedies for Irregular Periods

Schedule a thorough exam with your health care provider. This may confirm or rule out more serious conditions that can cause irregular menstruation.

Doctors sometimes will prescribe birth control pills (BCP) to regulate you periods. And most of the time this works. Just talk to your health care practitioner about your options.

Many women trying to fall pregnant and who have irregular menstruation, have followed this advice from their doctors. They take BCP for a 1 to 3 months or more and then when they stop taking birth control, they become pregnant very soon afterward.

However I personally do not recommend BCP as your first choice of treatments.

Another remedy is Prometreum. This is a type of progesterone prescribed by fertility doctors. It is used to bring on menstruation. You'll take it for a few days then stop, then your period will (should) start.

Again, I do not advocate using medical drugs as your first choice.

So, whether you are TTC or not, try the natural non-medical remedies first. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Then if your irregular periods persist, you should consult your doctor or an herbalist/natural practioner to get just the right treatment that you need. And one that will work the best for you.

Related pages

Vitex Agnus Castus | Evening Primrose Oil | Red Raspberry Leaf Tea | Fertility Herbs | Fertility Cleanse | Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) | Fertility Diet | Fertility Monitor | Getting Pregnant After the Pill | How Long to Get Pregnant? | Weight and Fertility | Endocrine Disruptors | Feng Shui Fertility | Fertility Aromatherapy | Fertility Massage | Fertility Yoga | Reduce Stress and Increase Fertility |

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