An average woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days long and her period lasts about two to eight days. But don’t worry; your periods are still considered regular if they come every 24 to 38 days. Hormonal imbalance, stress, contraception, etc. can cause changes in your menstrual cycle and make them come later or sooner.

Every woman experiences such irregularity in menstrual cycles at some point in their lives. Irregular periods can be a cause of concern and it is important to regularize your menstrual cycle. Continue reading to find out some effective ways to do this.

1. Maintain a healthy weight

A very common reason for irregular periods is an unhealthy weight. Women who are overweight or underweight tend to have irregular periods. If you feel you are at an unhealthy weight, discuss with your doctor to come up with a strategy to lose or gain weight.

2. Work out regularly

Regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and regularize your menstrual cycle. For women with PCOS, regular exercise is recommended as a part of the treatment plan to regularize periods. Studies have also demonstrated that exercise can effectively treat menstrual irregularity.

3. Get your doses of vitamins

Vitamins are vital for both general health as well as reproductive health. To be precise, Vitamin D has been found to be effective in treating menstrual irregularity. And the B vitamins have been prescribed for women with irregular periods as well as those who are trying to conceive. B vitamins can also help reduce the risk of PMS symptoms.

4. Follow effective stress management techniques

Stress can induce hormonal changes that can lead to irregular periods. During stressful conditions, your body secretes cortisol which can affect the levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones that impact your menstrual cycle. Practice yoga, meditation, and other effective stress management techniques to regularize your menses.

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5. Try natural home remedies

Home remedies such as consuming ginger, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, pineapple, and papaya can help combat menstrual irregularities. Although there isn’t any scientific evidence, these home remedies are believed to treat irregular periods. While ginger is said to relieve PMS symptoms, cinnamon is said to reduce menstrual pain and treat PCOS.