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Perimenopause: Natural Ways to Regulate Your Period

Natural and alternative treatments to relieve the symptoms of perimenopause

The normal volume and frequency of menstrual bleeding varies from woman to woman. Normally lasting from 3 to 5 days, the bleeding’s frequency and heaviness (or lightness) can sometimes depend on factors like stress, eating disorders, hormonal imbalances, previous treatment for cancer and perimenopause.

Having irregular periods is usually the first sign that women notice when in perimenopause. You might observe that your periods come more frequently and that you begin to have shorter cycles. Some women experience very heavy bleeding or severe PMS while others experience gaps in their monthly cycles.

Having irregular periods and heavier than usual menses is normal during perimenopause. However, if you suffer from severe bleeding and debilitating PMS, it is best to consult with a doctor to rule out other possible causes.

Irregular periods are the direct effect of the decreased estrogen being produced by our ovaries. To counter this, a doctor might prescribe hormone therapy to supplement the estrogen present in our bodies. However, recent studies have shown that long term use of hormone therapy may increase a woman’s risk for cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. So most women now turn to alternative means to try and regulate their monthly period – to eliminate pain caused by the period or simply to have a period.

Here are some of the more popular alternative treatments for regulating irregular periods during perimenopause:

  • Parsley Tea. One such home remedy a friend of mine used to do is make parsley tea. She would wash a cup of parsley while boiling 2 cups of water. After putting in the parsley, she would remove it from the heat and let it seep for a couple of minutes. She will then strain the tea and add a little sugar just to sweeten it. A cup or 2 is fine, but she said that for immediate results, take 4 to 5 cups.

  • There are numerous herbs that claim to regulate one’s cycle. This includes chaste tree berry, blue cohosh, false unicorn root and rue. All of these mentioned can actually be mixed together to be in effect, a uterine tonic. To be safe, consult a local herbalist in your area.

  • Ginger tea with sugar is also said to normalize periods.

  • Bamboo leaves stimulate the menses. It is said that if taken regularly, this will standardize the menstrual flow.

  • Lemon grass can be made into tea. Commonly used to alleviate painful menses.

  • In Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), kumari is the ultimate medicine with regards to menstrual problems. Kumari is more commonly known as the aloe vera plant.

  • Mix sesame seeds in a glassful of water. Drink this twice daily when you have menstrual pains.

Changes in your diet can also help regulate your period.

  • Go with a high fiber diet. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

  • Take a calcium supplement to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

  • Fried, sour and protein-rich foods should be avoided in the last week of the menstrual cycle so as not to get constipated.

  • As much as possible, avoid caffeine and alcohol as these 2 can trigger hot flashes and night sweats.

There are also some exercises that can help reduce menstrual pain or PMS:

  • Grasp a chair’s back firmly. Lift one heel slowly, then the other. Continue this for not more than 10 minutes.

  • If you can do knee-bends, much better.

  • Lie on a firm bed. Fold legs, bringing the knees up to the chin, resembling a fetal position. Do this about 10 times.

  • Stress reduction techniques (meditation yoga) are not just helpful during perimenopause. It will also help you in changing your outlook in life, thereby lessening mood changes.

Natural and alternative treatments are perceived to be safer than conventional medical therapies. It is important to note however, that the results achieved from using these treatments are not that well documented. For some herbs, you need exact measurements prepared specifically for you and your condition. Before trying any treatment, it is wise to consult with a naturopathic doctor or a herbalist who is knowledgeable about your concerns.

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