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How to Induce Menstruation

How to Induce Menstruation in 6 Effective Ways

You may want to travel to the beach, or perhaps you're a bridesmaid at your best friend's wedding. There are many possible reasons for a woman to want to induce her menstruation cycle earlier than usual. This HerHaleness article will give you some effective ways to help you get your period before the due date.
Bhakti Satalkar
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018

The regularity of your menstrual cycle indicates health and fertility. While there are many women who experience menstruation problems such as, irregularity, heavy flow, or painful cramps―one of the most common problem is that of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition which causes hormonal imbalance in women of reproductive age, resulting in prolonged or no menstruation at all―there are some women who wish to get over with the monthly routine, much earlier than the due date.

For some women, those few days of the month also cause various bothersome symptoms such as, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, back pain, and bloating. Due to these, it is natural for one to want to menstruate early on, especially when there is a function, holiday, or an exam around the scheduled date.

The following section will give you some easy remedies. The usage of these remedies should be confirmed with your healthcare specialist to avoid any unwanted side effects.
Remedies to Induce Menstruation
Low-dosage Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are commonly prescribed to induce menstruation, especially when a woman has not got her period for quite some months. These pills contain synthetic estrogen and progesterone that correct the irregularity, and other menstruation-related abnormalities.

These are surely effective, however, there are many side effects associated with these pills, such as weight gain and mood swings. Do consult your physician before going ahead with this option.
Healthy Weight Range
While most women these days are extremely health conscious, paying a close attention to their waistline, there still are many instances wherein excessive weight gain is leading to absence of menstruation for months together. The extra pounds not only affect your appearance but also your hormones, preventing your monthly period. Therefore, making necessary lifestyle changes to lose weight is strictly recommended.

Following a healthy diet including high-fiber carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats would do the trick. You may take the help of a dietitian to give you an elaborate diet plan to get effective results. Exercising regularly, is also extremely beneficial for losing weight and inducing menstruation.
Emmenagogues Tea
While maintaining a healthy weight range―which also takes a lot of time and efforts―is an imperative solution to the problem, there are ways as easy as sipping a hot cup of herbal tea! Emmenagogues are those herbs that act as agents to promote menstrual discharge. If you are a fan of ginger tea, then there is your remedial drink!

Also, herbs such as parsley, chamomile, and mugwort would not only help you relax, but also induce the monthly discharge within 2 to 3 days of consumption. Some herbs may have side effects, so it is advisable to check with your physician beforehand. Drinking 2 cups of this herbal drink will be helpful.
Period-inducing Foods
Who knew that some easily available food items in your kitchen could help you succeed in your goal. Foods such as papaya, fish (omega-3 fatty acid), green leafy vegetables, mango, and pineapple, are effective enough to help you menstruate. It is advisable to avoid foods that are rich in simple carbohydrates. To keep it simple, try to avoid foods that are 'white' in color.

Pasta, bread, rice, sugar, potato, all these foods cause weight gain, disrupting the body to be able to menstruate. Consuming foods rich in vitamin C is also an excellent solution. However, consult a trusted physician when it comes to the consumption of this vitamin, as an overdose may cause severe side effects.
Relaxation Techniques
The lifestyle that we lead today, especially women who have to balance both work and family together, has caused a lot of unwanted stress that affects a woman's health in many ways, including irregular or delayed menstruation. Adopting various relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation, adequate sleeping hours, and a hot water bath, helps the body and mind relax, thereby regulating your monthly cycle.
Physical Exercises
Getting engaged in physical exercises not only helps in weight loss, but it also relaxes the mind and regulates the hormonal balance in the body. While joining the gym will definitely give you the much-needed ambiance, a daily 45 minute brisk walk, aerobic activity, or a jog would do the needful.
Disclaimer: This article is meant for informational purposes only, and should not be considered as a substitute for expert medical advice. Do consult a trusted physician before using any of the aforementioned remedies, to avoid any side effects.
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