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8 Natural Ways to Regulate Periods by Balancing Hormones

You can regulate your period by balancing your hormones naturally, but it requires some experimentation because what works for one woman doesn’t work for another. These tips will get you started.

Natural Ways to Regulate Periods by Balancing HormonesYogi Woman’s Moon Cycle Tea is a safe, natural way to experiment with what might help balance your hormones. It contains herbs to help soothe the minor tensions and discomfort of your monthly cycle – it’s sold on Amazon, and you can read what other women say about it there.

If you don’t have a “time of the month” or a “crimson tide”, then you need to figure out why you’re not getting your period. One big reason for irregular periods is a messed-up hormonal cycle. A good book to read about your menstrual cycle is 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals About Your Love Life, Moods, And Potential — it’s a humorous, powerful book about getting your period.

And, here are eight tips for more regular periods…

8 Natural Ways to Regulate Your Period

First, you need to figure out the cause of your irregular periods. If you don’t know why you’re not menstruating regularly, then you won’t be able to fix it! If you’re not getting your period, you may have amenorrhea — and you need to talk to your doctor.

Also — if you’re taking prescription medications, remember that even natural herbal supplements can affect your health negatively! Always make sure that your medication is compatible with any herbal remedy.

Learn how Black Cohosh affects your hormones

black cohosh Natural Ways to Regulate PeriodsWomen sometimes take Black Cohosh Root 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. For some women it’s great, and for others it does nothing to balance their hormones. So…it’s one of those things you may just have to try.

Try Blue Cohosh – it regulates periods in some women

Blue Cohosh Root can regulate the menstrual cycle, ease menstrual cramping, and treat endometriosis. Don’t take this herb if you’re on prescription medications – talk to your doctor first!  Native Americans use this natural herbal product to induce labor, and it can be toxic.

Consider Wild Yam Root – it balances hormones

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. Again, if you’re on other medications, talk to your doctor before trying this herb to regulate your period. But it doesn’t work for everyone; my massage therapist tried wild yam root and found it totally ineffective. But, it regulates other women’s hormones….so you may just need to try and see if it works for you.

Try Soy – it stabilizes moods

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 throw off your hormonal balance, but light to moderate amounts can help regulate your period (again, 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, it doesn’t contain lots of estrogen that can mess with your hormones. So, miso miso miso!

Optimize hormonal balance

gaia herbs natural regulate periodThe Gaia Herbs Vitex Berry Liquid Phyto-Capsules on Amazon keeps the mind and body healthy by optimizing female hormonal balance, providing support for healthy transitions, promoting a healthy emotional state, 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.

Try acupuncture – it regulates blood flow

This naturopathic remedy balances hormones and regulates blood flow. Acupuncture may help to regulate periods in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome. I recently wrote about Acupuncture for Fertility, and described how this natural remedy can balance hormones and regulate periods.

Experiment with aromatherapy and essential oils

Natural Ways to Balance Hormones and Regulate Periods

Natural Ways to Balance Hormones and Regulate Periods

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.

Deal with your stress – it causes irregular periods

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.

For more tips on balancing your hormones, read I Want Regular Periods! Tips for Regulating Your Menstrual Cycle.

I welcome your thoughts on these natural ways to regulate your periods by balancing your hormones, but I can’t give health advice. I’m just a writer and researcher, not a doctor.

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  1. Please my period has not been flowing regularly since ,after given birth I stayed for like a year before seen it but after that the date has not been corresponding what did u think can cause it ?

  2. I am 30 years old, 6 months ago i took Vitex Agnus castus for one month as i had very very bad PMS. During the time i took the agnus castus my mood swings were terrible and I felt just awful to i stopped taking it. Since then my periods have gone down from 4 regular days to 3 days and now 2 days and they vary between one medium / heavy day and one very light day. I saw the doctor and she said agnus castus would not have any effect on my periods and I did a hormone test and she test all my hormone levels are normal. Then why are my periods so short? She said my ovulation cycle may be short which may mean my ovaries are not functioning very well and the only way to find this out is to try and have a baby! This isnt something I can do right now, but my boyfriend and I said it is a plan for within the next year or so! Does this advice sound correct? Is there anything I can do or take to help lengthen my periods? I live in China at the moment and I saw a chinese doctor in an international hospital, so I do trust that she knows what she is talking about, but i dont know if there is more that can be done or more questions that should be asked? I want to try and regulate my periods so they are longer, i am worried that they will mean i struggle to get pregnant and this really scares me! Its amazing how as soon as your told something might be difficult, you realise that you want it all the more! Any advice would be helpful!

  3. Hi Laurie! I know this is an old article, but I figured I’d try to get your opinion anyway! I have a regular cycle, it’s pretty much the same every month. The problem is, it’s long. It lasts 10-14 days. Only 2-3 of those days are heavy while the rest are light. Around day 5 I have intense cramping and bloating and that’s the heaviest day. I can soak through a pad every hour. I’ve addressed this to the doctor before and the only thing they suggest is birth control pills, which I definitely do not want to do. I’m average weight, exercise regularly, eat pretty healthy, and am not under large amounts of stress, especially compared to when I was younger. What do you think?

  4. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Finding the best natural ways to regulate your period depends on a variety of factors, such as your age, genetics, health issues, and reasons for having an irregular menstrual cycle. For instance, my periods are not regular at all right now – and it’s because I’m 46 years old and peri menopausal!

    To get help regulating your periods, you need to see your doctor or naturopath and learn what’s happening with your body. You can’t get that kind of information on the internet…you really need to talk to a doctor in person!

    In the meantime, you might find this article helpful:

    How to Deal With Spotting Between Periods

    Talk to your doctor, and let me know what he or she says!

  5. Hi I an 25 years old and I have not seen my period since I was in high school I have seen a specialist and they ran so many test but yet still can not figure out what cause my situation my doctor can not tell me untill one day he told me I might have a bad cold that kills the inside my hormones it’s like a old lady and I stress a lot and when I sleep I toss and turn a lot I’m taking pills and I only get my period when imy on the pills but I don’t want that is there advise for me

  6. Your not alone, my menstrual cycle has been screwed for years now and I dnt know what to do. One month I’ll have it, next two I won’t. Keeping up with the fertility calender is out the window and it has really become stressful and depressing because my husband and I are trying to have a baby. I’m scared out of mind that I will never be able to get pregnant due to my lack of a menstrual cycles. If anyone has above please help me

  7. Hi, was wondering if anybody has the same problem as me.
    My menstrual cycle is so screwed up. I havent had my period coming up to 6months now.
    I have tried Western medicine but I have side effects so I quit it. Am now looking at alternative treatments but too afraid to try. I’m thinking homeopathy, TCM, acupuncture. I do not want to ‘self-medicate’ cause am afraid of side effects (if any).
    Does anyone have advice for me? Appreciate the help! Thanks!

  8. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Susan,

    I recommend seeing a doctor and talking about losing weight in unhealthy ways. Your emotional health is affecting your physical health, which is totally normal! We are holistic beings, and when we’re not happy or healthy emotionally or spiritually, we won’t be happy or healthy physically.

    Are you comfortable seeing a doctor? If not, talk to an adult you trust. You know what your issues are… and now it’s time to start dealing with them! That’s a roundabout way to regulate your period, and it’s completely natural :- )


  9. Susan S. Stoltzfoos

    Hey Laurie, I am 15 years old and I started having my period when I was 11. Later I began to have health problems, and I worked too hard when I had my period. I was 13 when I had my last one. I also began losing weight the unhealthy way, which now I’m over that.
    What do you recommend?

  10. If you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and that’s why your periods aren’t regular, you might be able to improve your cycle by adding cinnamon to your diet! Rsearch presented at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting illustrated data that adding cinnamon to their diet can improve menstrual cyclicity in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

    Previous research has shown that the use of cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. In this study, researchers from Columbia University enrolled 45 women with PCOS into a research trial. The women who completed the 6 month trial and who received the cinnamon had more regular menstrual cycles than women who were given placebo. The cinnamon group had 3.82 menstrual cycles during the 6 month trial, while women in the control group only had 2.2 cycles. Two of the women in the treatment group reported spontaneous pregnancies during the trial.

    “Though small, this rather elegant study shows that cinnamon may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for PCOS patients,” said Steven T. Nakajima, MD, President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

    To learn more, read Cinnamon May be Effective Treatment for PCOS at http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=135422&CultureCode=en

  11. Rebekkah ~ Wild yam root is what I mentioned in the article, but I’d talk to a naturopath before taking any supplement, especially if you’re on prescription medication. If you eat yams, then you have nothing to worry about! Most grocery stores sell yams; buy whatever is fresh and local.

    Rebecca ~ Yes, you definitely want regular periods if you want to get pregnant! Here’s an article to help you:

    Anne ~ Have you been tested in person by a gynecologist? Being 3 months late isn’t normal – but you need to talk to a doctor!

    Shakira ~ I don’t know anything about perfectil. Have you tried WebMD or the Mayo Clinic?

    Priya ~ Your sister may find this article helpful: http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogbaby/how-can-i-conceive/

    Charlene ~ I think your friend is right, that your hormones do change when you start having regular sex. Have you talked to your family doctor about ways to regulate your period, so you can conceive?

  12. Can anyone give more info on what type of “yam” is recommended, because I went to look up more info and pulled up many kinds of yams?

  13. Rebecca Rodriguez

    I’m 27 years old I been having trouble getting my period I only get it like 1 or 2 times every year I didn’t really care before, but now that I’m married we want kids but I been having alot of trouble can someone please help or give some advise!!!

  14. Hi Im 19 and still a virgin my period is having big trouble
    coming on time im am curently 120 days late & it isnt the first time
    I wanted to know the best way to regulate it

  15. shakira.2009@live.co.uk

    Would someone be able to help with my query. I’m taking something called perfectil, which is basically a natural vitamin formula for healthy skin, hair and nails. I was wondering can the use of perfectil make someone’s period irregular.

  16. hi my sis is 22 and she is not having her mensus every month. its after 2 or 3 months..and its continueing from past a year..dr says she has very less blood in her body.. she is married and cant even conceive..pls help my sis to get rid of this irregular mensus

  17. Hiya, I have noticed since I have been with my partner my periods gone abit wonky after coming off birth control. I had the loop system done in January month before that I had a heavy period. In February my period only lastest 4 days. I’ve not been well recently still waiting for my period for march is this normal? I did get the all clear from my treatment in Janaury and had blood tests all clear me and my husband are wanting to start a family. I was told from a close friend that sometimes when you start having regular sex your body and hormones changes is that true? If I had the all clear should I be relaxing then? Charlene x

  18. Medications can definitely affect your periods, and so can stress. Your lifestyle directly affects your hormones, which in turn affects your periods.

    The best thing is to talk to a doctor. Irregular periods are common for many women, but it often requires a medical diagnosis to be sure.

  19. My period has been very irregular since I started taking metroclopram, I read that it’s a common side effect. I’m going to stop taking then for awhile though, and see if I can get my period to start this month, all it’s been doing is spotting.

  20. If your periods aren’t normal, you need to get an in-person examination by your family doctor or gynecologist. The tips in this article are good, but it’s always better to see a doctor in person for advice.

  21. hi i wana know that is my period regular or not my caycl is 30 days i mean my august7 to 6sep if my periods are not normal then what i shoul do?

  22. hi, my name is shanel i am 25 year old, first time i got period on January, 2000. from that day my period was very irregular… sometime i have in 6 month or 15 days or 2 month… but i get my period without any medicine. in 2007 April, my weight ws 49 kg and after i have given my best to put-on my weight and during same here i have put-on my weight by 56…. but after some month i dnt get period….. i wait for 8 month then i went to the doctor, she told me remove all the reports even sonography but even that was normal and so she gave me the medicine known as diana25….. i took for 6 month and during that period my periods where regular but as soon as i stop taking the medicine my period stop…. again after 8 month i went to yhe other doctor again i have removed all the reports but evrythng was normal and so he also gave me different medicine for 6 month with his medicine my periods where regular but from last 1 year i m not taking his medicine…… from november 2011, i was taking ayurvedic medicine but after 2 month i got kidney stone and then i was not having ayurvedic medicine. but it was very strange that in a next month i had same naughty chat with my friend and 1 week i got my periods…. and from april 2012 i m taking homeopathy medicine but still i didn’t gt m periods. can u help me please nw i m getting vry tensed.

  23. hii this is khushi,im not getting my periods regular,it been one month now,plzz help me,, and ya but i do got blood 5 days before but again it came for 2 hrs n den it has gone it stopped..it hapens frequently..firstly plzz tell mee..dat im not pregnent…coz i had gone throgh a test n it was negative..so plz tell me wat shud i du

  24. Hey ladies

    I was haven problems with my period and trying to get pregnant for about 3 year and every month my period was late or I will not see it for months. It comes for a day very light (spotting) and stops for months.i went to a doctor and gynecologist but they give me birth control then my period starts again but will never get regular. I am trying to have a kid but birth control will not work for me. So I went to amazon and search for pills to regulate period and help you get pregnant then I read good reviews on vitex so I try it. I took the pills in March because I did not see my period since December 2011,but I was not pregnant, after 15days when I took the pill I saw my period. Vitex works if you want to see your period and now i am pregnant.

    Thanks for reading

  25. Hi there I should have got my period by 26 th march but its 9th april now .. i have just started my job 2 nd a half month before . And my timings of my job is 1 PM to 9:30 PM .. so it thats the reason i m not getting my period on time .. please tell me what should i do to get my periods on time now as I think is it because I started working ??

  26. I saw a GYN who knows Naprotechnology. It is a perfectly natural way to find out what your body is doing. My dr actually saved my baby from a miscarriage because of her expertise. I would also never take soy! Weston Price website has good info as to why we should avoid it at all costs!

  27. I urgently, need an advice. Please help me.I am 44 years old i have spoken to my Dr. about my problems with my period. I usually have a normal and punctual period(28 days)and regular blood flow but usually start with simptoms as soon as i start ovulating 14 days before, which are very severe mayor migranes that sometimes takes me to th ER! It’s sooo severe that im afraid to get a stroke.I had sonograms,check ups,pap smears, MRI of my head but no finds had been found thanks God! Now for the past two months i had the same migrane but the period was very dark almost black and rare but lasted about four days as usual. Im desperate, Please take your time to advice me and may God Blesss you! Thanks

  28. My daughter who is 16, has had her period CONTINUOUSLY for almost a year and a half! there have only been about 6 days with absolutely no menses.
    The gynecologist wanted her to go on the pill but we do not want to go that route. She said there is no “natural way” to control it. I don’t think so! We have been seeing a naturopath who put her on a regimen of omega 3, chastetree, red raspberry leaves, tissue salts, vitamin c 2x per day etc. The problem is being consistent and taking full doses. It is a lot to take in every day. It has helped somewhat but her naturopath has moved away and we just started seeing a new one. Hopefully she can help us. She suggested accupuncture as well. We will try and see if it works.
    Anyone else have this problem? any suggestions?
    My daughter also had chemotherapy as a young child. The naturopath says this could have thrown her hormones out of whack. I will anxiously await for some replies!

  29. The best way to get help if your period isn’t regular and you need to balance your hormones is to see a gynecologist or doctor in person. If you’re not getting your period, or if it’s not the way it usually is, then you need to get a physical examination in person.

    If you want to balance your hormones so you have a regular cycle, you need to see a doctor. Be careful about asking for medical help on the internet, because the person giving it has no idea what’s going on in your body.

    I’m sorry I don’t have any easy answers or quick fixes for regulating your period and balancing your hormones. I wish I did!


  30. It really woefully, my period is getting out of hand, it not regular and for three months now even still date, i have not seen it. please can somebody help me. Am waiting for a reply


  31. I am becoming worried I have not had my period over two months now, and would like to find out if as I am getting older my period declines.
    Please can you tell me what to do so if my cylce becomes irregualr what must i do ? I am 48 so is this more likely that my period would become irregular. I wouldn’t want to use any form of medicne which may have side effects.

  32. Dear Nimmi,

    Other than the natural ways to regulate your hormones listed in this article, I don’t know of anything else.

    I suggest you talk to a naturopathic physician for ways to balance your hormones. A naturopath won’t prescribe birth control, and will get a history of your body and family history to give you the best natural remedies for you.


  33. My period is really irregular. For this whole year, I’ve only had it three times! it never comes on time, sometimes it’s really light, and sometimes it’s just crazy. I got it a couple days ago after 7 months. I went to my doctor/gynecologist, but their only solution is birth control. I don’t want to be put under any medications like that. Is there any natural ways to treat this?

  34. Thanks for your comment, Kristina! I’m glad to hear that wild yam root is an effective, natural way to regulate your period. I hope it continues to be effective for you, and that all goes well when you’re ready to conceive 🙂

  35. Hey girls,

    So I have had a regular, but 2 week long, period for a few years now ever since I went off of my BCP. I would have spotting for a week leading up to my very short period and then a few days after. I went to the gyn and he said I probably have low progesterone, but he didn’t suggest I take any steps to fix it since I wasn’t actively TTC. Since I am not yet TTC, a long period, more than anything, is just a nuisance, although I was a little frightened by the idea of having low progesterone. So I tried the wild yam root as suggested here, and it’s been like night and day! I started taking it about a day before I calculated my spotting to start and it has been 5 days and no spotting. I have yet to know whether this will continue to be a good choice in the long run, but it has worked wonderfully so far. I just thought I’d put my vote in for anyone else who is in a similar situation. Good luck to you all!

  36. Hello Zara,

    What has your doctor said about why you aren’t getting your period? A gynecologist or family doctor should be the first person you turn to when you’re having trouble regulating your period. Articles like this are good for basic information and tips, but not for personal medical advice.

    I’m sorry – I wish I had all the answers!


  37. Hi Kelley,

    I’ve never had period symptoms like that, but I think it’s normal for periods to change over a woman’s lifetime. All sorts of factors affect it: stress, changing hormones, foods, medications, even your environment.

    Your period could be different because of lifestyle changes, or even changes in what you’re eating. Or, there could be another health condition that is affecting it.

    If your period continues to be odd and irregular, I encourage you to see a gynecologist. Some doctors believe that a woman’s period is a sign of her overall health. So if your period is suddenly different than before, it could mean something. Or it could be nothing – because as I said, our cycles change regularly! For many women, anyway.

    The best way to be certain is to talk to a doctor – get an in-person exam. By the way, when was your last pap smear?


  38. I’ve had my period for 2 weeks as of today. Not really sure why. First I was a week late getting it. And really thought I was pregnant, but 3 tests said I wasn’t. Then when I finally did get my period, it was VERY light, and an odd color. Almost a pink/purple color. And it’s been really light. I haven’t had any cramps or anything. I just can’t get it to stop. Most of the time I really dont even need to use anything, it only happens when I go to the bathroom. There’s a few really small clots here and there, but not like a normal period. I’m only 32 years old, so i’m not worried about menopause or anything like that. I have ALWAYS been regular until this last month. (last month it was a dark brown color and lasted about a week). Has anyone ever had these symptoms before, and if so, what was the outcome????? I know I’ve had some stress, but even then, my period has NEVER been like this. I’ve always been regular, and could calendar it out for a year if I needed to.

  39. Steff ~ Yes, stress can definitely cause irregular periods. Some medications can cause periods to be darker. If I were you, I’d talk to my doctor or do research on the medication to see what the side effects are. I don’t know what’s causing your period to be like that – you need a doctor in-person to help you figure out what’s going on.

    Bianca ~ Yes, irregular periods can make getting pregnant harder. If you can find natural ways to regulate your period (foods, exercise, balancing your hormones through acupuncture and yoga, etc), you may get pregnant faster. I know how disappointing it is to try to get pregnant and then get your period…if you need articles on getting pregnant, let me know!


  40. hi guys i have a problem in my period its always irregular but now very long i am late for 2 months but yesterday my period is come and i thought i am pregnant because me and my husband wants to have a baby we are almost 1 year married ,, i dont know if its hard to get pregnant if im always have a late period.

  41. hi , i have a problem my problem starts when i take some pills since February and then when i get my period its all black within 3days i thought it was the start of my monthly period but when the 4day come there`s no more coming out i thought in the next month it became normal but since march until may it only drops like spot brown sometimes black .. i tried to have pregnancy test but it always negative .. im so worried coz until now i dont have my period .. my friends says i was so stressful and so many things in my mind .. pls help me asap ..

  42. Dear insereny,

    Every woman has a different cycle…so for you, an irregular period may be normal! A regular 28 day cycle makes it easier to get pregnant, but it doesn’t mean that a woman is healthier than one who gets her period every 21 or 23 days.

    An irregular period won’t stop you from getting pregnant. The best thing is to talk to a doctor, obgyn, or naturopathic physician and find out if there is a specific reason your periods aren’t regular.

    While the internet is a great place for general advice, such as these natural ways to regulate your period, it’s not the best place to get specific health advice. For that, you must see a doctor in person!

    And, here’s an article that may help:

    5 Foods That Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular


  43. Dear Mme Laureis,

    I have irregular period some time 21days or 23 days and my menstrual cycle 6-8 days, i think so long because i always read book about this case many girl spend only 3-6 days of periods. some time am so tired for spend this long time, please advice me back which way or any foods it make me menstrual cycle regular and spend 3-6 days? maybe this way that make me cant conceive baby.



  44. Dear Mme Lauries,

    I have more question to ask you :

    1. I have irregular period one year ago and am try to see doctor and he give me take Jasmine medecine three months, during I took it my period is regular but when i stop it, will make me irregular again.so am very worry about this because i wish to have baby.I come to see doctor again to discuss to get baby, doctor check my uterus and oval, they said am infertile. what should do about this case, please advice me back.

  45. I love this website. Thank you so much for all you do. I just got off the pill three days ago, and I have the opposite problem of a lot of women on this site in that I actually have started heavy bleeding and cramping. How long will it take for my body to regulate itself? Is there anything I can do in the meanwhile to detox and speed up the process?

  46. Hello,

    I have been reading on chaste tree berry. So far all the reviews are good. It does work slow but it goes way back to roman and greek times.
    I am going to give it a try see if it works. Will keep you posted.

    the side affects dont seem to be to harsh and it doesnt interfere with other meds.