Irregular Menstrual Period
menstrual cycle is not the same for every woman. A normal menstrual period lasts
from 2 to 7 days. The normal cycle patterns can range from 21 to 35 days. When
bleeding occurs that is not part of the regular cycle; periods are longer or
heavier than normal; occurs between periods; time between periods is longer than
normal; or there is an absence of periods, this is called abnormal or irregular
There are various causes of abnormal bleeding, but the most common is a
New cycle , that is the irregularity experienced by some young
girls at the onset of the periods. Their cycle can be irregular for months
or years whilst it is establishing itself.
Dietary problems , e.g. anorexia, bulimia or simply poor diet.
If you eat lots of fast foods you are not giving your body the nourishment
it needs. If you eat sporadically, miss meals and diet constantly - you
essentially send your body into survival mode, it thinks it is starving and
shuts down unnecessary systems.
Too much exercise
Drugs - prescription and recreational
Break in routine
Thoughts and emotions
Sexual activity - especially when it is a new occurrence
Illness or physiological imbalance e.g.
Irregular menstrual cycles can also be a warning sign of more serious
disorders, especially endometriosis and uterine
fibroids and tumors. If your
cycle is irregular, see your doctor to make sure these conditions do not exist.
Irregularity also falls into 2 categories:
Long Term Irregularity
Long term irregularity can be anything from a cycle that varies in length
from month to month to the experience of various abnormal symptoms, for
example, excessive bleeding, no cycle for months at a time, very painful
periods or ovulation.
To be on the safe side if your are experiencing prolonged bleeding or very
painful symptoms it is wise to consult a doctor to find out what is going
Sudden or Short term Irregularity
Short term irregularity can be attributed to any of the causes listed above,
and are generally a one off or sporadic occurrence. These cases are probably
not a cause for great concern unless you are experiencing pain or just feel
as if something is wrong.
Herbs for Regulating menstruation
Ginseng, Siberian ginseng, motherwort, vitex, don quai, Wild Yam and
licorice can help. The Chinese have been using don quai to regulate menstruation
since at least the sixth century b.c. Typically, don quai is taken during the
two weeks before menstruation. Results of studies conducted in China led
researchers to conclude that this herb enhances the utilization of oxygen in the
liver and also that it contains small amounts of
nutrients important to women:
pantothenic acid, choline and
Other herbs used in both Chinese and Western formulas to regulate a woman's
cycle are motherwort, skullcap and ginger. They are especially useful to
encourage menstruation that has been delayed by illness, stress or overexertion.
Studies conducted in India showed that aloe vera juice, traditionally used there
as a female tonic, also regulates menstruation.