Getting to know your period is a great way to learn more about your body and what it needs. Your menstrual cycle can give you insights into your overall health. It can even help you predict your mood and energy levels. There’s no wonder why some people consider your menstrual cycle the fifth vital sign.
A delayed or missing period may indicate something is wrong. Unless you’re on a birth control method that intentionally suppresses your menstrual cycle, perimenopause, or menopause, you should expect your period on a pretty consistent basis.
If you’ve ruled all of these out, it’s important to speak with your doctor to get the necessary testing to rule out other conditions.
But what if you can’t predict your cycle because your period is missing or irregular? Fortunately, there are many women who have successfully restored their periods and improved their regularity. Before I dive in, make sure you snag my FREE period tracker here!
My Top Tips for More Regular Periods
The best news is that there are natural ways to encourage more regular periods.
The key to having more regular periods is to focus on supporting your hormones throughout your entire menstrual cycle.
If you’ve ruled out other medical conditions and still find that your period is missing or irregular, here are some remedies that may help regulate your cycle.
1. Start tracking your cycle.
The first step is to get an idea of where you might currently be in your cycle. This will allow you to determine which parts of your cycle need more support. My cycle tracking suggestions for a person with an irregular cycle are to use your basal body temperature and chart your cycle. You can use a BBT thermometer for this. Please don’t use a regular thermometer. In addition to tracking your basal body temperature, you can use track your symptoms as well.
My Cyclical Living Planner includes a tracker, plus other helpful goodies that will help get you started on tracking your cycle.
2. Support your hormones by seed cycling.
Once you get an idea of which phase you’re experiencing, you can provide more specific support. One way to do this is through seed cycling. In short, seed cycling is the practice of using certain seeds to provide your body with additional nutrients to support your menstrual cycle.
3. Be mindful of healthy weight management.
Being underweight or overweight can trigger missing or irregular periods. Consult your wellness practitioner to determine what a healthy weight range looks like for you and come up with a plan to support that.
Remember that a healthy weight is different for every body. The only person who can truly help you determine what that is for you is a professional.
4. Make sure you’re eating enough.
When it comes to finding tips for more regular periods, this one is often overlooked. Not consuming enough calories means that it’s likely that you’re not getting enough micronutrients or macronutrients to support your reproductive system and hormones. If you’re unsure whether you’re eating enough, you can check out any of the free macronutrient calculators online or refer to a wellness professional. Once you have an idea of how much you should be eating, try tracking your eating habits for a while to see where you can make improvements.
5. Prioritize healthy stress management.
It is extremely common for women to experience delayed periods during times of stress. If stress is unavoidable at this time in your cycle, try some stress management techniques like deep breathing and meditation.
6. Try a lighter exercise regimen.
Too frequent or too much strenuous exercise spikes stress hormones, which can in turn lead to hormonal imbalances. Too much exercise can also put you at risk of becoming underweight.
I put together a post that can help you create an exercise habit that sticks, which you can use to keep track of your exercise regimen as well.
7. Ditch the low-fat diet.
Yep, believe it or not, healthy fats found in foods like oily fish, avocados, and uncooked olive oil can have a positive impact on your hormonal health. They also help reduce inflammation and improve gut health.
8. Move those hips, girl.
If you’re familiar with Eastern medicine, you’ve probably heard the idea that we store negative emotions in our hips. Mindfully practicing hip-opening exercises can help release these negative feelings. Just be prepared for the tears to start to flow.
9. Give castor oil packs a try.
While there aren’t many studies to support doing castor oil packs, there is lots of anecdotal evidence. Many women report improved digestion, less painful periods, and less bloating after consistently doing castor oil packs. This is probably due to the anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties of castor oil. Simply saturate a wool or cotton cloth with high-quality castor oil and allow it to soak into the skin of your abdomen.
10. Eat more whole foods.
Reduce your intake of processed foods to avoid inflammatory ingredients like added sugar, seed oils, and other questionable ingredients. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, and organic pasture-raised meats to get the proper amount of nutrients your body needs.
None of these tips for more regular periods is a quick fix, so remember to give yourself plenty of time and grace to figure out what works for you. These are all tips that have worked for my body, and they may or may not work for you. When in doubt, always consult your health professional to see if there’s anything else you can do to regulate your periods. Let me know below if you have any other helpful tips for more regular periods!