Irregular Periods: What are they, Pregnancy, Causes, Treatment and More

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Irregular periods are menstrual irregularities that are a common concern among women of reproductive age. Irregularities can take various forms, like variations in the length of the menstrual cycle, changes in the amount or consistency of menstrual flow, and fluctuations in the duration and intensity of menstrual bleeding. [1]

Ayurveda sees menstruation as a natural process that reflects the body’s overall health and well-being. Any irregularities here can indicate imbalances in the body, which must be addressed to ensure optimal health. [2]

We explore the causes and symptoms of irregular periods from an Ayurvedic perspective. We also look at Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle modifications that can help regulate the menstrual cycle and promote overall reproductive health.

What are irregular periods?

Irregular periods refer to variations in the length, duration, and intensity of menstrual bleeding. Women typically experience menstrual bleeding every 21-35 days, with the average cycle length being 28 days. [14] However, some women may experience cycles that are shorter or longer than this, which is considered a variation of the normal menstrual cycle.

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Irregular periods can take many forms, including: [1]

• Missed periods
When a woman does not experience menstrual bleeding for a period, which is usually defined as missing at least one menstrual cycle.

• Heavy periods
When a woman experiences excessive or prolonged bleeding during menstruation.

• Light periods
When a woman experiences a shorter or lighter menstrual period than usual.

• Irregular cycle length
When the length of the menstrual cycle varies from the usual range of 21-35 days.

• Painful periods
When a woman experiences discomfort, cramping, or pain during menstruation.

• Abnormal bleeding
When a woman experiences bleeding between periods or after sex.

What are the causes of irregular periods

Here are some of the most common reasons for irregular periods:

• Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalances can include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid disorders. [3]

• Stress
Stress can also cause changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and other lifestyle factors contributing to menstrual irregularities. [4]

• Nutritional deficiencies
Iron deficiency and other essential nutrients can affect the menstrual cycle and lead to irregular periods. [5]

• Medications
Medications like hormonal contraceptives and some antidepressants can affect the menstrual cycle and cause irregular periods. [6]

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• Menopause
As women approach menopause, the production of hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle declines, leading to irregular periods.[7]

• Underlying medical conditions
Irregular periods can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition like endometriosis. [8]

What is the treatment for irregular periods?

Here are some Ayurvedic treatments for irregular periods to consider:

• Herbal remedies
Herbs like Ashoka, Yashtimadhu, and Lajjalu help overcome the problem of irregular periods. You can boil 10 grams of this mixture in 200 milliliters of water until it reduces to 1/4th of its original volume and consume it twice daily. You can start 3-5 days before the expected date of menstruation and continue for 10 days after the period. [9]

• Diet
You can include asthisamharaka stem and leaf juice in your diet. Mix it with honey and consume it twice daily for three months. [9]

• Yoga and Meditation
Combining Asana, Pranayama, and other relaxation or meditation techniques related to yoga help overcome menstrual disorders and irregular periods. [10]

• Abhyanga
Abhyanga, a form of Ayurvedic massage, aids in pacifying Vata, which is a primary causative factor of menstrual abnormalities. [11]

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• Panchakarma
Panchakarma is an Ayurvedic detoxification process that can help remove toxins from the body and restore balance to the doshas. Panchkarma’s Virechan therapy can be particularly helpful in reducing heavy bleeding and ensuring regular menses. [12]


• What is the meaning of irregular periods?
Irregular periods refer to menstrual cycles that deviate from the normal duration range or vary significantly in terms of bleeding patterns.

• Why do irregular periods happen?
Irregular periods can be due to hormonal imbalances, stress, medical conditions, and medications. [15]

• What yoga and meditation practices are beneficial for irregular periods?
Combining Asana, Pranayama, and other relaxation or meditation techniques related to yoga help overcome menstrual disorders and irregular periods. [10]

• Are irregular periods a serious problem?
Irregular periods can indicate an underlying medical condition, and it’s important to consult a healthcare provider if they persist or are accompanied by other symptoms.

• How many irregular periods are normal?
While the definition of “normal” can vary, it’s generally considered normal to have a menstrual cycle that lasts between 21 and 35 days, with bleeding lasting between 2 to 7 days.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is only for informational purposes, please consult a trained Ayurvedic practitioner every time before initiating any treatment.


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