Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How to Regulate your Monthly Cycles Naturally

What are irregular periods?
-Irregular periods are when your periods don't come at all for a while but then shows up without a typical pattern. Periods ranging from 21-35 days are typically normal on average, but when you go from them coming every 35 days, to 40 days later the next month, and then 28 days later the month after, that's definitely irregular.

Why does it affect fertility? 
-Pinpointing ovulation becomes harder therefore people with irregular periods have a harder time getting pregnant.

Dr's hate when you know your shit,
especially the alternatives:

Dr: "I'd like for you to go on birth control
to regulate your pd."

Michelle: "Birth Control makes you fat. Besides
 there's too many side effects
and it's linked with cancer"

Dr: So does Pregnancy...

Michelle: [rolls eyes] this mothafucker...
I went from a 28 day cycle to a 45-60 day cycle several times over the years. It was weird, and at first I didn't know or understand why or how, I just listened to my doctor and went on Birth control. I spent a year on Nuvaring and while it was good in terms of low side effects, ease of use,  etc. I did gain weight on it and it did make me feel kind of robotic. I'm a very sensitive person with a fiery personality. I feel things deeply and am in tuned with my emotions and sensuality. That year on birth control I found that I wasn't really as passionate when I was intimate. After getting off birth control, I felt like me again, and I enjoyed sex more. After I had my 2nd child, I tried the Pill and again it was the same thing, a little weirder. My moods were all over the place, and I just quit. I mean if birth control is supposed to work by throwing you off emotionally and physically to the point where you didn't care to be romantic then it sure worked. With all those lawyer commercials on TV talking about "If you've been on; "(almost any birth control you could name)" you may be entitled to a class action settlement" I got paranoid and freaked out in the middle of the night one time thinking I was having symptoms of a blood clot. The list of side effects was messing with me, so I quit birth control and started using natural methods for regulating my period/hormones and it helped me tremendously.

How can I regulate my period Naturally
For starters, you MUST see a Dr. have labs done testing for Anemia, thyroid functioning, CBC, and pelvic exam/Pap smear. In addition this goes without saying: Eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, lower stress, and exercise for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week. Anything excessive including exercise will throw off your cycle. Cutting out essential food groups like carbs or fat is a big no-no as well. Nutrition, exercise, sleep, and lowering stress is the key. After completing/addressing those 5 components you can look into trying these:

  • Lunaception- the practice of balancing hormones by controlling the light in the room where we sleep. Our hormone production is done at night, and light in the room signals certain hormones to be released. Ancient civilizations such as the Mayans/Incas synchronized their cycles with the moon as the full moon and it’s extra light signaled their bodies to ovulate. After the invention of electricity; TV's in the bedroom, cell phones, computers, night lights etc,  it causes the hormone production to get interrupted. Using this method can re-balance hormones. 
Full moon – signals ovulation (sleep with a little light in the room for 2 days)
New moon – menstruation (Start sleeping in complete darkness right before ovulation again)
  • Acupuncture-regulates blood flow, helps those with PCOS or endometriosis especially.  
  • See a Naturopath/Certified Herbalist about taking these herbs/oils/powder in the proper dosages/combinations tailored to you and your body. The powerful herbs/powders/oils are: 
    Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/how-to-get-your-period-back.html
    • Black cohosh* 
    • Ginger 
    • Vitex*: Agnus Cactus, Chasteberry 
    • Evening primrose oil* 
    • Wild Yam Root
    • Dong Quai root 
    • Motherwort
    • White Peony
    • Maca Powder*
    • Nettle Leaf Tea- If you haven’t tried herbal tea to regulate your cycle, check out Yogi Woman’s Energy Tea or Yogi Woman's Moon Cycle. It’s made with Nettle Leaf, Dong Quai and other various herbs.

      Source: http://natural-fertility-info.com/how-to-get-your-period-back.html
*Please use caution when experimenting with herbs/oils/teas. For example evening primrose oil, and agnus cactus (Vitex) is supposed to be taken from Day 1 (start of period) to Day 14 (ovulation day of a 28 day period). If you are trying to get pregnant, stop taking the supplement after Ovulation, as it might interfere with implantation and/or hormones needed to sustain the pregnancy.

  • Reflexology/Massages are great for reducing stress and is said to help increase fertility. Whether it works or not is not conclusive, there's not sufficient evidence /research to sway in either direction. However spiritual healers like Kara Maria Ananda wrote a piece about massaging your womb yourself that I can't seem to find anywhere, but when I do I'll update a link here. She currently does online workshops for healing: http://karamariaananda.com/womens-healing-arts-teacher-training

  • Schuessler Cell Salts- Our body needs mineral salts on a cellular level to thrive. Today, due to overcooking, microwaving, GMO's depleting the mineral composition in our soils, and basically eating an acidic diet, we are deficient in mineral cell salts. There 27 tissue salts developed by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler, a German doctor from the 19th century. Deficiencies of mineral cell salts in the body present itself in a variety of forms from dandruff, acne, to even more serious diseases in the body such as diabetes, cancer etc. I will discuss these salts in depth later on as I'm currently trying some. As a homeopathic remedy, it is said to be safe for people of all ages (infants-elderly of all conditions, pregnant or on medications). For infertility see here for more information and salt combinations recommended:
For natural fertility tips on TTC click here.