The typical menstrual cycle lasts 28 days and it refers to the physiological changes that allow a fertile woman to undergo sexual reproduction. Included in the menstrual cycle is the ‘period', which can be 2 to 8 days in length. The period, which is the common term for menstruation, is the shedding of the lining of the uterus. While most women experience fairly regularly periods, some women may experience irregular or heavy periods. A common reason for irregular or heavy periods, or in some cases no period at all, is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women may decide to induce their period in order to control when it occurs. For example, they may not want to have their period during a major life event such as a wedding, vacation, or the start of school. Herein we will explore a few methods that can be used to induce menstruation.
Ways to Induce Your Period
There are some effective ways provided following to help you induce your period, involving medicine or supplement intake, natural foods items, doing exercising, etc.
- Birth Control Pills: Birth control pills are an easy way to regulate the menstrual cycle, make the period lighter, and induce the period. The pills contain man-made hormones that regulate the body's natural estrogen and progesterone levels, as well as reduce androgen levels. Birth control pills are typically prescribed to woman below the age of 35. The added benefits of taking birth control pills include improvements of acne and enhanced hair growth.
- Herbs: Emmenagogues are herbs that help to naturally induce menstruation. Parsley and ginger are examples of emmenagogues and they both stimulate the uterus to contract, if your period is delayed due to a hormonal imbalance or stress. You should drink at least two cups of parsley or ginger tea, but keep in mind that parsley tea is the safer option because it does not have side effects. Another natural option that may induce menstruation is the consumption of primrose oil.
- Vitamin C: High doses of Vitamin C can induce menstruation by depriving the uterus of progesterone, which in turn triggers the lining to shed. Although Vitamin C is a viable option, some people do experience adverse side effects including kidney stones and severe diarrhea. In order to limit these side effects you should take Vitamin C with lots of water.
- Food Items: Some fruits such as pineapple, papaya, and mango are known to induce menstruation. You may notice that drinking approximately 500 grams of the papaya juice in two doses is sufficient to induce your period. If you are not allergic to honey, it is a great alternative to induce menstruation. A tablespoon of honey should be dissolved in warm water and then you should drink it immediately.
- Weight Loss: Your weight can impact your menstruation. Being overweight can lead to irregular periods and affect how much you bleed. The excess fatty tissue produces estrogen, which can interfere with ovulation and can over-stimulate the lining of the uterus thus resulting in heavy periods. In light of the adverse effects of being overweight, an obvious way to induce your period would be to lose weight. On the end of the spectrum is losing too much weight, which can also negatively impact your menstrual cycle. Your goal should be to maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise: Physical activity can induce menstruation. About a half of hour of aerobic exercises, such as brisk walking and walking up and down stairs, can induce menstruation. In addition, abdominal exercises like sit-ups may work for some women.
- Stress Reduction: The most obvious reason that your period may be delayed is stress. So before trying some of the other remedies listed here, you should first try some relaxation measures to relieve your stress. For example, taking a hot bath may be both relaxing and induce menstruation. In addition, applying a hot compress to your stomach may also be helpful.
- Sexual Intercourse: The act of sexual intercourse increases blood flow to the vagina and stimulates it to contract. After the sexual intercourse the vagina relaxes, thus triggering the shedding of the uterine lining. Another beneficial side effect of sex is that the hormones contained in semen soften the cervix, which is an initial step in the process of menstruation. Therefore, sexual intercourse is an enjoyable way to induce menstruation.