At some point, most of us have experienced an irregular period due to a temporary situation, such as extreme stress or a new exercise routine. But if the irregular length, frequency, spotting or amount of bleeding during your period becomes a regular occurrence, we understand that you may start to feel a little worried or concerned.

With ongoing or significant changes to your menstrual cycle, we recommend you see a healthcare practitioner to rule out any more serious issues.

You may not realize that irregular periods are extremely common as the first sign of hormonal imbalance, and if so, your body may just need extra support to return your menstrual cycle to its regular, healthy pattern.

What is an irregular period?

Irregular periods can be longer, shorter, heavier, or lighter, and can include spotting or skipping days (or months) – in short, there is no one set definition of an irregular period. In fact, because you understand your body better than anyone, you’re going to be the best one to know if there have been changes to your regular menstrual cycle pattern, which is really what “irregular” means.

Common hormonal causes of irregular periods

No matter how you might describe the changes to your menstrual cycle, disruptions to your sex hormones, adrenal hormones or thyroid hormones could be the underlying cause of your irregular periods

The natural approach to hormonal imbalance for irregular period relief

When it comes to balancing your hormones, you may discover you have more control than you realize!

Two of the most powerful ways are by making some simple adjustments to your diet and lifestyle routines. Diets too high in sugars and starches may lead to insulin imbalances that affect estrogen and progesterone levels. You also need specific nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and B vitamins, as well as fish oil, to keep your hormones optimally balanced, yet it can be hard to get all of the nutrients you need every day from your diet.

We’re not going to tell you that the “solution” to having too much stress is to eliminate all the stressors you face. That’s just not realistic for any woman today. But good detoxification, adequate sleep and emotional wellness techniques can go a long way in reducing the negative effects stress creates in your body — as they can take you a long way on the path to finding health and happiness.

These are just a few of the ideas that make up the Women’s Health Network approach to healing and hormonal balance.

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