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20 natural ways to induce your periods

It’s safe to say that irrespective of all the cramps and irritation that periods bring along, all of us look forward to getting our monthly dose of them. Planning a perfect get-away to unwind and relax? Ha-ha, your period is too. There can be various reasons why a late period freaks you out. Stress, a perfectly planned beach vacay, pregnancy scares, hormonal issues- you know who you are.

A typical menstrual cycle should not exceed 21 to 35 days. If you’re looking to give your period a nudge, or are simply curious, we have some workarounds for you.

FYI, you cannot turbo-boost a first time period. Also, trying these if you’re pregnant is a big ‘stop right there’ red flag. Substances that can induce a period are called ‘emmenagogues’, and many of them are also abortifacients, that can lead to a miscarriage.

If you are definitely not one of the above, you can give some of these DIY flow boosters a try:

1. Vitamin C:

There’s so much clamor about vitamin C inducing a period on the internet that you might suspect orange juice companies are behind it. The ascorbic acid in it can induce your period by elevating estrogen levels and thus causing the lining of the uterus to break down. Citrus fruits, berries, black currants, broccoli, spinach, Brussel sprouts, red and green peppers, and tomatoes are all the sources you need.

2. Pineapple:

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The bromelain in pineapples reduces inflammation and helps irregular periods to get back on track. If you enjoy the tropical flair of pineapples, go for it. There is no research to support this as a definite way to induce your period. But as they are a great source of vitamin C and B6, why not nibble on some anyway?

3. Ginger:

A lot of you may have heard of this sure-shot way to get your cycle started. The best way is to sip on ginger tea. Chop up a tablespoon of fresh ginger and steep in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. With a dash of lemon and honey, you are all set. The uterine contractions aided by this are sure to get your flow in place.

4. Turmeric:

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The solution to all your problems had to be in here too. It has been long used to regulate the menstrual cycle. The many ways you can add turmeric to your platter is by adding it to rice, vegetables, or curries. Turmeric milk with other spices and sweeteners is another option and a warming drink.

5. Relax:

Stress can be one of the biggest reasons for a haywire period. Stress hormones inhibit estrogen, which is essential to maintain a regular cycle. The antidote to this is relaxation. Reduce your workload, spend some time unfurling, exercise, engage in hobbies, and meditate. Treat yourself once a week with a ‘self-care Saturday’ and work on mindfulness.

6. Warm bath: 

A warm bath is sometimes all you need to work wonders for relaxing tightened muscles and relieving stress. It also increases blood flow--possibly menstrual-- thus accelerating your menstrual cycle. Also, consider adding scented oils and bath bombs if you are in a mood to pamper yourself!

7. Tone down on the exercise: 

At ease, ninja warrior! Exercising too much can decrease estrogen levels causing delayed or absent periods. Runners, weightlifters, and athletes may experience this. You can switch to yoga, gentle stretching, or moderate exercises to get your period sooner.

8. Papaya all the way:

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Papayas are known to get a late period out of hiding, and also to induce a proper, wholesome flow. The anti-fertility properties it carries makes it dangerous for pregnant women. Papayas are loaded with vitamins and minerals. So, in any case, feel free to indulge!

9. Parsley, Cumin, and Ajwain:

You may have come across parsley tea recipes to hasten menstruation. Your daily dose of parsley should be up to 6 g, consumed in 3 doses of 2 g each, boiled in 150 ml of water. Or drink parsley tea twice a day. Cumin seeds (jeera) belong to the same family as parsley and have a similar effect. A concoction of carom seeds and jaggery helps in inducing periods besides relieving menstrual cramps.

10. Celery:

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Completely safe, natural, and recommended. Drinking celery juice is one way you can induce an early period. Fresh celery juice twice a day can stimulate the blood flow to your pelvis and uterus, thereby inducing your period.

11. Super seeds:

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Coriander seeds are said to be the most effective home remedy for irregular periods because of their emmenagogue properties. Boil 1 tsp. of coriander with 2 cups of water and wait until the water reduces to just one cup. Use a strainer to remove the seeds and drink this thrice a day for a couple of days before your monthly period. Fennel seeds (saunf), can be boiled in water to make tea, to be had every morning on an empty stomach in order to regulate your period and have a healthy flow. Fenugreek (methi) seeds are recommended by experts to induce period. Drinking fenugreek seeds boiled in water can lead to a gradual change in your cycle. Sesame seeds (til) can work too, but to be consumed in moderation as they are highly heat-generating.

12. Pomegranate juice: 

This is also a reliable one to give you definite results. Start with drinking pure pomegranate juice three times a day, at least 10 to 15 days prior to your regular date. Alternatively, mix pomegranate juice with sugar cane juice, to be had four times a day.

13.  Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera, juice or in any other form, is normally used to soothe an upset stomach, but it can be used here too. Cut an aloe vera leaf into two and squeeze out the gel. Mix the gel with 1 tbsp. of honey and voila!

14. Carrot:

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Another food that's rich in carotene that can be consumed plain or as juice as many as 3 times a day.

15. Jaggery:

Jaggery when mixed with ginger, sesame seeds, and carom seeds is an effective natural home remedy to prepone periods. This is another heat-generating item that is preferred in winters. Although it’s primarily known for treating the occurrence of scanty periods, it is also proved to be beneficial to bring them on time.

16. Dates:

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Dates are known to generate heat in the body. Eat dates all day in a well-measured quantity to induce periods before your expected date.

17. Pumpkin:

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The carotene in pumpkins is a great mechanism to induce your cycle early on.

18. Salmon:

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Salmon improves and stabilizes your hormones, thus getting rid of any menstrual issues. Other types of fish and fish oil are also useful in regulating your period.

19. Almonds:

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These nutritious nuts are rich in fiber and protein that help balance your hormones and get regular periods.

20. Grapes:

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A glass of fresh grape juice every morning can help you get rid of irregular periods.

That’s a whole lot of experiments you get to try out. However, as much as these instant herbal remedies seem attractive, be careful when messing around with your reproductive health. It’s always best to consult with your doctor or healthcare advisor before trying to manipulate your body’s natural cycle. 

Written by Nibha Patil

Cover by Khyati Patkar

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