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How To Induce A Period: 29 Simple Options

It is not common that women know or want to know how to induce periods. Many women dread having their period each month. That is why it is necessary to educate women on why it is so important to have a regular menstrual cycle and the many benefits it can have. Below is also a list on how to induce periods in order to get your menstrual cycle back on track.

Why Is It Important to Induce Menstruation?

Many women suffer from irregular menstruation, also known as oligomenorrhea. This means that their periods do not start or end at the same time month after month and can be caused by several factors such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Medical conditions
  • Lifestyles

Oligomenorrhea can lead to unwanted stress and tension, which is why it is important to learn how to induce periods in a safe and harmless way if you suffer from this condition.

Some other women choose to induce their periods in order to make sure they are not on it during an important event so that they can enjoy it properly.

Is There a Need for Monthly Menstruation?

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What many people don’t know is that a monthly period tells women more about their bodies besides the fact she is not pregnant. Periods also give women insight to:

Hormone Balance

If you have a regular monthly period, this means your hormones are in balance, or homeostasis. Being in homeostasis means that your body is producing the hormones you need for reproduction. Having these hormones balances improves mood, energy, and sleep. If your period is irregular, it means that there is too much constant stress for your body to balance these hormones.

Bone Health

The same hormones that produce regular periods also play a role in bone health. These hormones include:

  • Estrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Insulin
  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid
  • Stress hormones

If you suffer from irregular periods, this could mean that said hormones have been disrupted and that bone breakdown is exceeding bone build-up.

Functionality of Thyroid

If your periods are irregular, this could mean that your thyroid is not working at its full capacity. You may also feel tired, gain weight easier, feel depressed, and have high cholesterol along with other symptoms.

Weight Maintenance

Having unbalanced hormones plays a role in not only irregular periods but in weight gain as well. Since the fat around your waist creates estrogen, any imbalance in hormones like estrogen dominance can cause weight gain.

Adrenal Function

If the adrenals are not taken care of properly, cortisol from stress will throw off sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. The imbalance in these sex hormones can cause irregular periods.

How to Induce Periods Effectively

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Below is some information on how to induce periods simply and effectively through different methods and food choices

Warm Baths and Compresses

The warm from the bath or compress relaxes the muscles in the abdomen; this stimulates the flow of blood from the uterus.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known as an emmenagogue, another word for a substance that induces periods. It is also believed that Vitamin C increases the amount of uterine lining which can induce your period to come.

Exercise

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As most know, exercising increases blood flow in the body. This can also cause increased blood flow from the uterus. It is recommended to not overdue it as too much exercise can actually have the opposite effect and make your period later.

Socializing

Socializing with other females plays a role in the induction of your menstrual cycle. Spending time with other women can cause menstrual cycles to become synced. If you socialize yourself with women who have their period earlier than you, it is possible yours could sync with theirs and cause you to have your period early as well.

Sex

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Sex can help the uterus contract, making it easier to induce a period. Not only that, but the hormones that are produced from having sexual intercourse aid the body in inducing periods as well.

Avoid Carbonated Drinks and Caffeine

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Caffeine causes the body to become tense and stressed. This throws off the hormones in the body and make it harder for the body to maintain a regular menstrual cycle.

Teas

Teas infused with certain plants and herbs are said to help induce periods. Examples of these plants and herbs include:

  • Chamomile
  • Parsley
  • Ginger
  • Sage
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Angelica
  • Yarrow

Parsley

Parsley has been used for centuries in inducing periods because it contains apiol and myristicin, which are two substances that aide in the contraction of the uterus.

Cumin

Cumin is in the same family as parsley and contains the same benefits in inducing periods as parsley does.

Carom Seeds

Carom seeds consumed by drinking a glass of water have also been proven to not only induce periods, but help with the pain that can be caused by periods. Carom seeds are recommended to be consumed by boiling with jaggery and water and consuming on an empty stomach.

Papayas

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Papayas are said to be the most effective food to eat in order to induce periods. Not only does papaya help the uterus contract, but it also contains carotene, which stimulates the estrogen in the body.

Ginger

Ginger is considered one of the strongest emmenagogues, which is a herb that stimulates the menstrual cycle. It is usually consumed in herbal tea.

Celery

Celery is one option for how to induce periods that experts agree on. Most doctors and experts recommend drinking celery juice in order to induce menstrual flow.

Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds are also considered an emmenagogue which contains the same period inducing properties as things like ginger. It is recommended to boil the seeds with water and drink the concoction three times per day.

Fennel Seeds

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Fennel seeds don’t necessarily induce a period, but it regulates periods to allow them to become more regular each month. It is recommended to consume fennel seeds by leaving them in a glass of water overnight, then straining the water before drinking.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera juice, like ginger and coriander seeds, can be used as an emmenagogue to induce periods. It is recommended to mix the juice with honey before consuming.

Sesame Seeds

Sesame seeds have also proven to induce menstrual flow. But it is important to note that eating too many sesame seeds can cause excess heat in your body.

Carrots

Since carrots are rich with carotene like papayas, they are extremely effective in inducing periods. In order to consume carrots, you can either eat them plain throughout the day or consume carrot juice several times daily.

Jaggery

Jaggery by itself cannot induce periods per se, but when mixed with ginger, sesame seeds, or carom seeds, it can be effective in inducing menstrual flow.

Turmeric

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Turmeric is a spice that experts recommend in order to induce periods. It can be consumed by boiling a spoonful with water and drinking the mixture twice a day.

Dates

Since dates can help with generating heat in the body, they can also help the uterus expand. This will allow for the blood with in the uterus to have an easier time flowing, inducing the menstrual flow.

Pumpkin

Carotene is also found in pumpkin. This substance plays a major role in the induction of periods which is why pumpkins are a good idea if you are looking to start your period sooner.

Salmon

Salmon does not induce your periods per se, but it does help in balancing and regulating hormones in order to get your menstrual cycle back on track so that it is no longer irregular. Other fish besides salmon can be used as well with the same effects.

Almonds

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Almonds are high in fiber and protein which are two components that play a role in the balancing of hormones. Eating almonds allows for the regulation of periods through the balancing of hormones caused by the protein and fiber.

Pineapple

Pineapple has similar qualities to dates in that it heats up the body, allowing for the contraction of the uterus.

Grapes

Grapes, specifically grape juice, also helps to regulate menstrual cycles and hormones, making periods less irregular.

Eggs

Eggs contain a lot of protein, which is a component that effects the regulation of menstrual cycles. Eating eggs can help make periods more regular since they are rich in protein.

Tofu

Calcium is another component that can help in inducing periods. Because tofu is so high in calcium, it is recommended for those wondering how to induce periods and how to get their menstrual cycle back on track.

Soy Milk

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For those who are vegan and/or lactose intolerant, this method is for you. Soy milk contains phytoestrogen, which helps the body regulate irregular menstrual cycles and gets them back to normal.

Conclusion

Although periods can be a pain, more harm than good can come from having irregular menstrual cycles. That is why we have provided you with some facts, tips, and tricks on how to induce periods in order to benefit from all a regular monthly period can do for you. ©

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Clara Sherwood

Clara Sherwood

Clara was born and grew up in Great Britain, and although she’s now happier with the weather in North Carolina where she resides with her partner, she does miss the ubiquitous teacakes. She graduated from a master’s in literature and worked for about 5 years at local news magazines as a reporter.

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