Irregular periods are a pain in the . . . well, you know where. They are especially troublesome when you have a special event or trip planned but have no way of predicting when you might get your periods.
We hardly ever get time for exercise, our diets are unregulated and a sedentary lifestyle are all detrimental to our health. For women, the consequences of such a lifestyle may manifest in irregular or painful periods. Some superfoods may help you get them back on track.
Warning: We are not claiming that these foods are a foolproof way of ensuring your periods arrive on time, but the inclusion of emmenagogue in your diet can help regulate your system. Another point to remember is that if you think your period may be late due to pregnancy, then the use of emmenagogues to induce your period may terminate your pregnancy.
It is not advisable to induce your periods every month. Ideally, your cycle should start every 26-30 days but if they are consistently delayed or advanced, consult a gynaecologist.
What are Emmenagogue Herbs?
An emmenagogue (or emmenagog) is a herb that stimulates blood flow to your pelvic area and in the uterus. In some cases, this increased blood flow can also stimulate menstruation. Beware: an overindulgence of emmenagogues is not healthy and these herbs or foods should not be used regularly to specifically induce menstruation.
With that in mind, let’s discuss 7 foods that can help regulate periods and induce menstruation.
1. Jaggery to Regulate Periods
Known for its hot nature, jaggery is a preferred sweetener during winters. Regular consumption of jaggery may help regulate irregular periods. Enriched with nutrients, jaggery is known to make period cramps less painful.
2. Vitamin C to Induce Menstruation
One hack that I had tried once was to have a lot of papayas a couple of days before I wanted my menses. The ascorbic acid (vitamin c) in the fruit may stimulate oestrogen and can lead to the onset of periods. Similarly, pineapple, mangoes, oranges, lemons and kiwis too can prepone your periods.
3. Ginger for regular periods
Regular consumption of raw ginger can help regulate your periods. If delayed menses or periods that are too frequent bother you (as they should), try having some raw ginger with organic honey every morning. It can help balance your hormones and will soon regulate the blood flow, making your periods arrive regularly.
Is there anything turmeric cannot do? From whitening teeth to stimulating blood flow to your uterus, turmeric is one amazing go-to solution. If you want to prepone your periods naturally, try having turmeric with warm milk and honey.
5. Coffee before your periods
High in caffeine, coffee stimulates oestrogen and increases blood flow in your pelvic area. This can result in early arrival of your periods. Furthermore, caffeine may help relieve period cramps too.
Speaking with NDTV, gynaecologist Sarita Gupta says, “There are certain foods that are recommended during menstruation to relieve pain. Coffee is the most prominent among them because of caffeine and its migraine and headache relieving properties.”
6. Beetroots to beat the pain
Have you experienced bloating during your periods? Although it is completely normal, bloating can give you terrible stomach ache. That’s where the iron, folic acid and calcium of beetroot may help. It also helps that beetroot is an emmenagogue.
7. Carom seeds (Ajwain)
Try this: Boil one teaspoon of ajwain with 1 teaspoon jaggery in a glass of water. Have the warm concoction early in the morning on an empty stomach. Ajwain will not just induce your menstrual cycle but also relieve cramp pain.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)