Here’s the best way approach to getting regular periods and balancing your hormones: work with your body, not against her. If you love and respect your body – even when she is unstable, moody and unpredictable – you will find her natural balance and monthly rhythm. Your healing process will be faster and smoother if you remember that you and your body are a team. Like you, she wants to find the best way to balance her hormones and regulate her periods. Work with your body, love her, and pay attention to her. Notice the effect that different natural supplements, home remedies and healthy activities have on her. Listen to your body.
What is the most important thing to know about balancing your hormones and getting regular periods? That it may take time, patience, and experimentation. In this article you’ll find the best natural supplements, remedies, and activities. They work for many women, and they may be just what you need.
Your might want to do more in-depth research and discover the benefits and drawbacks of these options. For example, what do medical studies say about how natural supplements like black cohosh or wild yam root affect the hormones and cycles of some women? It depends on the woman’s health, reason for unbalanced hormones, and why her periods are irregular. This is why need to know your body.
Good news! You’re closer than ever to finding the solutions that work for you.
10 Tips for Balancing Hormones and Regulating Periods Naturally
When I went into menopause I had to deal with unbalanced hormones and an unpredictable menstrual cycle all over again! But it was natural because I was in perimenopause (the stage before menopause, which is when women do not get periods at all). That’s what a woman’s body experiences as she approaches menopause: decreased hormones, unbalanced cycles, missed periods. Perimenopause is a natural stage with a lighter flow, bursts of heaviness, skipped periods, and an unpredictable cycle.
Do you know why your periods are irregular? That is the first, best, and most important way to stabilize your cycle: find out why your body is out of balance. No blog post, online article or health website can tell you why your own body isn’t healthy or regular. This is work you and your health practitioner need to do together. You are the expert on your body; your doctor or naturopath is the expert in her field. If you work together – with you being as honest and accurate as you can about your health and body issues – you will find ways to regulate your period. They may not be natural at first, depending on the reasons your hormones are out of balance. But if you give yourself time, your body will heal and regulate herself. And you will enjoy your periods!
If you’re taking prescription medications, remember that even natural herbal supplements can negatively affect your hormones, periods, and overall health. Always make sure that your prescriptions are compatible with any herbal remedy – even organic tea for menstrual regularity.
1. Organic teas to soothe your mind, body and soul
Herbal teas like Numi’s Chamomile Organic Lemon Tea are the least stressful, healthiest, most calming way to reduce stress, soothe minor tensions and ease the discomfort of your monthly periods. A tea isn’t a miracle cure or a guaranteed way to stabilize your cycle, but a “tea savoring mindset” will calm your mind and soothe your soul. Your irregular cycle isn’t all in your head. You aren’t consciously disrupting your hormones or causing your periods to be irregular or even nonexistent. But you may have emotional and spiritual tensions that affect your body, mind and soul.
The easiest, most natural way to start balancing your hormones is to slow down. Take a deep breath. Inhale the warmth and lovely scent of chamomile and lemon, or Numi’s Organic Moroccan Mint Tea (my favorite). Teas are the safest, most natural ways to start balancing your hormones. But even with something as simple, natural and organic as tea, it’s important to talk to your health practitioner, family doctor or gynecologist first. This is vital if you’re taking prescription medications for medical conditions; too many different remedies will cause more problems.
2. Soy (a weak form of plant estrogen) for stable moods
Some natural health practitioners say that soy products, such as soy nuts and tofu, can help balance your hormones and stabilize your moods. Soy contains isoflavones or phytoestrogen (plant estrogens) that may work as a weak form of estrogen. Large amounts of soy can disrupt your hormones but light to moderate amounts can help regulate your period – depending on what the cause of your irregular periods are. I went to a lecture from a naturopathic doctor, and she said that the soy in miso soup doesn’t have any harmful effects. That is, the soy in miso soup doesn’t contain enough estrogen to actually affect your hormonal balance.
Finding the best, most natural way to balance your body’s hormones and regulate your cycle requires patience and experimentation. Remember that – no matter what the research says – the natural supplements and remedies that balance one woman’s hormones may not balance yours. The the activities that regulate one woman’s cycle don’t necessarily for another woman. So how do you find the best natural ways to balance your hormones and get regular periods? You do your research, talk to your health provider, and patiently explore remedies and activities until you find what works for you.
3. Black Cohosh to regulate periods
Nature’s Way Black Cohosh Root is a dietary supplement that some women take to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and induce labor. Black cohosh has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and help lower blood pressure. However, research has not verified how effective black cohosh is in regulating menstruation. It might be effective for some women, but ineffective for others.
How much black cohosh root do you need to take to get a regular cycle? It depends on your body and health issues. It also depends on your height, weight, age and reason that your hormones are out of balance. Taking a black cohosh dietary supplement without knowing what your body needs is not the best way to regulate your cycle. If you aren’t taking prescription medications and are otherwise healthy, research the effects of black cohosh on hormones of a woman your age. This supplement may affect your body differently at your age than it might in five years, or 20.
4. Tibetan herbal balls for digestion and overall health
This will probably be a stretch for you, unless you have access to a Tibetan medical doctor. Which, of course, do exist outside Tibet, Nepal and India! My most recent – and successful – personal health experiment was a few months ago in Nepal. I went on a Tibetan Encounter Tour that (unbeknowst to me) included a free health consultation with Dr Youdon Tsering, a Tibetan medical doctor. We were at the health clinic at the Tashiling refugee in Pokhara; it was my first encounter with Tibetan herbal medicine. I’d been having intestinal issues in Nepal, which started a couple weeks before I left Vancouver, Canada. The herbal balls cleared up my issues overnight. Learn more in my blog post Will Tibetan Herbal Medicine Make You Healthy?
When a doctor or health provider is prescribing medicine, take a few moments to listen to your intuition. Do you feel a green light, a sense that maybe this might be worth trying? Or do you feel a red light — a red flag — telling you that you need to get more information before taking this medicine? Give your mind, spirit and body the time and space you need to decide.
5. Wild Yam Root to balance hormones
Nature’s Way Wild Yam Root is a herbal product that contains diosgenin, which may balance progesterone. Wild yam root may effectively treat menstrual irregularities, cramps, infertility, menopause, and endometriosis. If you’re taking other prescription medication, talk to your doctor before trying any natural way to regulate your period.
Be thoughtful, but don’t let fear or paranoia stop you from trying natural options! For example, my massage therapist tried wild yam root to balance her hormones and found it totally ineffective. It didn’t hurt her, but it didn’t regulate her hormones, either. Sometimes you need to try different things and see what your body says.
6. Acupuncture for regular flow and balanced hormones
Acupuncture is a naturopathic remedy that balances hormones and regulates blood flow. I interviewed a Certified Contemporary Medical Acupuncturist in Acupuncture for Fertility and Getting Pregnant. Here’s what she said about how acupuncture affects female health and fertility.
For women, acupuncture has been known to:
- Regulate menstrual cycles.
- Regulate hormones to produce a better quality eggs and to produce a larger number of follicles during infertility treatments, decreasing FSH levels if elevated, and increasing estrogen levels if these are low.
- Increase implantation rates in in vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination by 40%.
- Decrease uterine contractions, thus increasing implantation rates and decreasing the chance of miscarriage.
- Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and nourishing the thickness of the uterine lining.
- Improve sperm quality and quantity.
- Help to relieve the side effects of stimulation drugs during assisted reproductive technology or infertility treatments.
- Easing stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting deep relaxation.
Even if you’re not actively trying to conceive, consider a consultation with an acupuncturist. My husband tried it for male infertility, but it didn’t work. He did say that he felt calm, relaxed, rested and peaceful after every acupuncture session.
7. Natural remedies for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
If you’ve been diagnosed with a health condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome, your natural remedies definitely need to help correct your hormonal imbalance. PCOS interferes with ovulation and fertility. Polycystic ovary syndrome is caused by unbalanced hormones, which can lead to irregular menstrual cycles and problems getting pregnant. Symptoms can include small cysts on your ovaries, infrequent or irregular vaginal bleeding, excess male-type hair growth (chin, cheeks, arms), and acne.
I was diagnosed with PCOS when my husband and I went to a fertility clinic because we couldn’t get pregnant. It wasn’t the ovarian syndrome that was preventing pregnancy, it was the fact that my husband has azoospermia and doesn’t produce sperm. Nevertheless, the fertility specialist gave me natural tips for balancing my hormones and getting regular periods. She said the most important things are regular exercise, a healthy diet, no smoking, and weight control are keys to treating polycystic ovary syndrome successfully. Prescription medications are also helpful for some women, but it depends on her body, age, and goals for a future family.
Tension, anxiety, lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and upset moods can affect your menstrual cycle — and not in a good way! To regulate your periods, find healthy ways to deal with the stress in your life. Get massages, exercise regularly, get intimate with your partner, and get enough sleep! These suggestions will help balance your hormones and mood.
My fertility doctor suggested aromatherapy, which surprised me. In aromatherapy, essential oils stimulate your olfactory (smell) nerves, which can affect emotions and balance hormones. Aromatherapy oils can promote restful sleep, alleviate headaches, lessen anxiety and depression, and help balance hormones. If you’re looking for ways to regulate your period, talk to a naturopathic doctor or homeopathic specialist about the different types of aromatherapy.
An Everlasting Comfort Diffuser for Essential Oils has a large “tank” that provides you with a relaxing scent for over 13 hours. Most other diffusers are small, and run dry quickly. Inhaling the scent and benefits of therapeutic essential oils offers an impressive range of clinically proven health benefits (which is why my doctor mentioned aromatherapy to regulate my system!). Aromatherapy can increase your quality of sleep, reduce anxiety and improve mood, relieve tense muscles and improve skin and hair health, balance hormone levels, boost your immune system, energy levels, and brain function.
You have more power than any doctor or health provider to discern how you feel after eating certain foods, drinking different types of teas or other beverages, or taking prescription medications. Your body can tell you how to balance your hormones and get regular periods if you listen to what she tells you. How do you feel, look, act and think after trying different natural remedies or dietary supplements? What happens to your mood and thoughts after exercising? How about spending time with friends and family members, or getting silent and being with God?
9. Your own body
Whether you’re trying natural supplements for hormonal health, drinking tea to soothe your mind and soul, or belly dancing in a sweaty exercise session – listen to your body. For example, I love walking. That’s my body’s natural way to restore energy, improve my mood, and be in God’s presence. I used to force myself run and even go to the gym until I started listening to my body. She knows what I need to be balanced and healthy.
In particular, pay attention to how your body feels when you eat certain foods. How do they move through your system? Do they easily digested, or is your energy low and mood sluggish after you eat? The nutrients in natural, fresh, raw foods are the best ways to balance your hormones and get regular periods. Certain foods have an instant effect on my body. After I eat more than three or four bites of a rich, fatty, sugary, heavy chocolate cake with thick creamy ice cream, I feel tired and sluggish. I get bloated and barfy. It took me years to figure out how I physically felt after eating. When I finally started paying attention to how I felt, I started eating foods that increased my energy levels and made me feel light and free! I didn’t have to go on a diet or restrict my calories. I lost the weight I needed to lose. My hormones found their own natural balance. My periods regulated themselves.
10. Phytoestrogens for optimal hormonal balance
The Gaia Herbs’ Vitex Berry, Chasteberry, Hormone Balance for Women works to balance hormone levels which supports a overall reproductive health and promotes a healthy physical and emotional well-being. Chasteberry can keep your mind and body healthy by optimizing your hormonal balance and offering a rich natural source of Phytoestrogens. Again, not every natural way to regulate periods by balancing hormones works for every woman, so you have to experiment until you find what works for you.
If you’re taking prescription medications, talk to your doctor before you take any kind of herbal supplements. No matter how healthy and safe the supplements are, they may interact negatively with your prescription medication.
Any natural option or supplement for balancing your hormones also require you to investigate – or at least think about – why you aren’t getting regular periods. Could it be chronic stress, emotional struggles, environmental toxins or pollutants, health fears and anxieties, or medical conditions? Those are the most common reasons a woman’s system gets out of balance. What are the underlying reasons or causes for your hormonal irregularities? Discovering that will help you figure out how to regulate your periods. Maybe you don’t need to take dietary supplements; maybe you “just” need to quit a job or relationship that isn’t life-giving, go deeper into your true self, and start doing what God created you to do.
Would you rather eat fresh fruit, raw vegetables, legumes and lean proteins to balance your hormones and get regular periods? I would 🙂 Read 9 Foods to Help You Get Regular Periods.