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IRREGULAR MENSTRUAL CYCLE

What it is ?

Cycles between 23-35 days are very common. A woman may get her period only one to four times a year. Or she might have periods that occur 2-3 times in a month and involve spotting or extremely heavy flow. Alternatively, she may have heavy episodes of bleeding every 2-3 months. Irregular periods are simply what is irregular for you. For the most part, we don’t worry at the clinic about a missed period or two over the course of a year. More variation than that may indicate to us the beginning of perimenopause or a disruption of the natural chain of hormonal events that controls menstruation.

What Causes it ?

Factors that are responsible for this condition include the increased intake of sour, salty, hot, pungent, heavy, and fermented food; meat of fatty and domestic animals; alcoholic beverages; indigestion; and eating before the previous meal is digested. Conditions that also have a strong effect include repeated abortions, excessive sexual activity, increased physical exertion (walking, riding, weight lifting, etc.), emaciation, trauma, and day sleeping. Psychological conditions such as grief, anger, lust, and anxiety are also known to play a key role in aggravating menstrual problems.

A wide variety of factors can also be responsible for irregular periods, among them:

1. Significant weight gain or loss

2. Overexercise

3. Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)

4. Smoking

5. Drug use

6. Caffeine

7. Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)

8. Eating disorders

9. Increased stress

10. Polycystic ovarian syndrome/Estrogen dominance

11. Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)

12. Hormonal imbalances related to perimenopause

13. Medications

14. Chemotherapy

15. Recent childbirth, miscarriage, or D&C

16. Breastfeeding

General Symptoms:

1. Pain in abdomen,

2. irregular periods,

3. weight increases,

4. irritation, laziness.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

1. Any kind of physical and psychological stress should be strictly avoided.

2. During menstruation, raise the foot of the bed in order to keep the legs and feet elevated while sleeping.

3. Avoid tea, coffee, and icy cold drinks. Instead, have drinks at room temperature and that have cooling properties, such as peppermint tea.

4. Cooling showers and bathing with sandalwood and mint essence are helpful.