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Irregular periods

Some women find that their menstrual cycle isn't always regular. Their periods may be early or late, vary in length or differ on how heavy they are each time. Irregular periods can affect about 30% of women in their reproductive years.

What is an irregular period?

Women’s menstrual cycles can vary from 23 to 35 days, but are classed as regular if the periods occur at roughly the same time each cycle. An irregular period is any type of bleeding that is abnormal when compared to a woman’s usual menstrual cycle and is usually a sign that hormones are imbalanced and ovulation is erratic.

How natural therapies can help you

Most of the time irregular periods are not serious and natural therapies can help to restore their regularity. However, it is always best to consult your GP to rule out any underlying hormonal issues (amenorrhoea, PCOS, uterine fibroids, cysts, polyps, endometriosis, miscarriage etc) and menopause or pregnancy ; so the best possible treatment can be administered.

The Billings Method is a very important method that can be taught to any woman who is having irregular periods so she can begin to recognise when she is ovulating. By knowing when a woman ovulates, the naturopathic practitioner can assess how long her luteal phase is (second half of the cycle) which is extremely important if the woman has irregular cycles and is trying for a baby or not wanting to fall pregnant.

Herbal medicine can be administered to help re-establish regular ovulation and support the follicular and luteal phase of the cycle. Healthy dietary and lifestyle modifications, bridging nutritional gaps with a high quality food–grade multivitamin, weight management and stress reduction techniques are all important areas to address when treating the cause/s of irregular periods.

Book in for a Bella Wellbeing Naturopathic Consultation today and start to experience problem-free regular periods.

Common Symptoms of Irregular Periods

Women can experience a combination of any or all of these:

 - Large gaps with no periods

 - Some gaps and then periods coming too frequently for a while (for example, two in one
  month) followed by gaps again

 - Gaps of no periods and then bleeding continuously for a few weeks

 - Spotting in between period