In this present competitive world where women are achieving high goals stress has become a part of their profession.It is necessary for women to take care of their health. Stress has a very disrupting cause for the hormonal imbalances in women. Yes today I’m disscussing about one of the women related health issues that is Irregular periods.Most of the women who come up too me for consultation are worried with their periods.Well let me clarify ,irregular periods is no more a big problem it can be regularized by simple ayurvedic medicines. Change in diet and lifestyle pattern is one of the reasons that is causing irregular periods.
Usually every women would have an episode of irregular period once in a year,which is normal.It is seen that atleast 30% of women in child bearing age have irregular periods.
Now the question arises as when do you call it a irregular periods?
A normal cycle occurs once in 28 days but it may vary from 28-35 days which is also considered normal. Missed periods, frequent or continuous spotting or frequent bleeding with hevy clotting all come under an umbrella of irregular periods.All these are due to hormonal imbalances.
In simple words Irregular cycle can be identified when the number of days between stopping and starting of a period is significantly varying from one month to another.
Now lets see what are the causes ?
Stress : In present era of modernization women are put into lot of stress ,may be at the work place or at home.Chronic stress leads to anxiety which has an impact on the hormones.
Dieting and overexercising: Diet plays an important role in maintaining a balance of various functions in the body as well as nourishing the body tissue.But when the person does excess dieting without proper planning the food eaten may not be able to nourish the body tissues.Exercise when done in proper way helps to maintain health . When a person does exercise a lot of energy is utilised in the body. So improper dieting and overexercising are both to be avoided .These two factors lead to irregularity in periods. A balanced diet and exercise maintains a normal functions of the hormones in the body.
Pcos: The cysts which are formed in the ovaries as such interfere with the regular ovulation and periods .Patients with PCOS often give a history of irregular periods .So the main concern in treatment of PCOS is to regularise the periods .
Women who consume oral contraceptive pills may sometimes face irregular periods ,due to the action of the hormones present in contrceptive pills.
It is usually seen in teenagers who have attained menarche would face irregular periods in the first few months ,this may be due to the hormonal actions which take quiet a bit of time to get regularized.
women having thyroid disorders,Sexually transmitted diseases,Fibroids ,Endometriosis , etc lead to irregular periods.
when to seek medical advice?
If your periods are usually regular but sometimes an episode of irregular period is seen there is nothing much to worry.But if you have faced with frequent irregularity in your cycle it means there is a necessity for you to have a medical consultation.
It is seen in the present generation atleast one in every ten females are diagnosed with PCOS in their reproductive age.Also screening for thyroid disorders is a necessity since irregular cycles are linked to these two above conditions.It is necessary for you to get screened once and consult your doctor.Because it helps us to find out the underlying cause for your irregular cyclesand treat the cause leading to irregularity.
An irregular cycle is also a worrying cause to those women trying for conception.In these condition it is necessary to undergo various test to look into whether it is an anovulatory cycle or ovulatory cycle.
Ayurveda has a solution for irregular periods:
It is well known ,Ayurveda an ancient science aims at providing a safe and effective treatment .It is seen in my clinical practice that women with the menstrual problems approach ayurvedic treatment when they are fed up having medicines containing hormonal pills.They usually complain of regular periods once they are treated with pills but they would have not found a promising complete solution to this problem.
In this regard ayurveda medicines have given a wonderful results in women having irregular periods.ayurvedic herbs such as Shatavari,Asoka,Lodhra ,Hingu etc are having properties which regulate the hormonal functions,they rejuvinate the uterine tissues,they have properties to check irregular bleeding,help to improve ovarian functions ,etc. These herbs when given with various combinations in ayurveda are helpful. It is always better to consult an ayurvedic doctor before taking the medicines because each and every condition is different from one person to another.
Diet and lifestyle planning:
- Avoid junk foods as far as possible.
- Go for a vegan diet ,include a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits.
- Avoid high carb diet and include protein rich diet.
- avoid packaged foods and aerated drinks.
- Eat food which are rich in dietary fibers,include sprouts in your diet.
- exercise for atleast 30 mins daily.
- practice yoga and meditation.
- Take small walks and relax yourself to bring down stress.