The average menstrual cycle is 28 days but it can vary from person to person or month . Irregular period is considered if the menstrual cycle is more than 35 days or the time between menstrual periods is constantly changing.
Why Irregular Periods Happen?
There are many causes of Irregular manstrual periods. Hormonal imbalance, enviromental factors, behaviours, life style,menapouse or some medications can cause irregular period.
Common causes include:
Changes in estrogen and progesterone hormone levels in the body may cause changes in menstrual cycle.
Menstrual cycle may be irregular for the first or two years after puberty
Approaching menopause can also cause irregular period
Using certain medications
Changing birth control pills
Having a medical conditions that affect the hormones such as uterine fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine polyps, thyroid disorders..
Sleep disorders, long-distance travel or physical /emotional changes such as chronic stress, eating disorders,quick weight changes can lead to irregular cycles.
Treatment is not required for irregular menstrual cycle, but if you have any medical condition that cause irregularity, you have to see a doctor.
There are some remedies you can try at home for irregular periods:
Maintain a healthy weight
Drinking herbal tea
Ginger is very effective in regulating menstrual period and relieving pain. You can consume ginger in a cup of juice. This is a good home remedy for dealing with irregular cycles.
Cinnamon is effective for irregular menstrual cycles because it regulates the hormones. You can use it by adding it to the inside of the milk or to the herbal teas.
Take your daily dose of vitamin ( Some studies show that vitamin D is effective in treating irregular period. You can get vitamin D from the sun or through supplements.)