Periods are never pleasant – they’re messy, annoying and those mood swings are not fun at all! But when it doesn’t show up, you may also actually miss them! Ladies, if there’s anything more annoying than your period, it’s a late period! The stress of worrying about when it will happen and those prolonged PMS symptoms can drive us nuts. So, we give you a few ways to help make your period happen. Instead of waiting around, why not try these easy ways to induce it?
1. Take A Day Off From Life
Cancel your plans, call in sick from work and just laze around binge-watching your fave movies with a tub of ice cream. Stress can hold up your period - so a relaxing, stress-free day doing absolutely nothing could be just what you need for Aunt Flo to show up.
2. Sync Up With Your Besties
We all know about the phenomenon of women’s cycles syncing when they spend a lot of time together. It’s still not understood why - but if you have a sister or bestie, then you would know that it’s actually freakishly true. Hormones talk! Take advantage of it and spend time with women who are on their period, as much as you can - it will help.
3. Drink Some OJ
Fresh fruit juices like orange juice and pineapple juice are delicious home remedies as they are “heat-inducing” and get your body temperature up. This can help bring on your period. Vitamin C is always a good idea if you want to induce your period.
4. Just Have Sex!
Not as if you need any reasons, but sexual activity stimulates blood flow in the pelvic region and causes the uterus to contract. After sex, the vagina relaxes, which triggers the uterine lining to shed. So if you’re sick of waiting for your period to appear, just grab your man and ask him to help ;)
5. Add Some Parsley
Emmenagogues are herbs that help stimulate blood flow to the pelvic and uterine region, which can help bring on your monthly visitor. Parsley is one such herb. People say that chopping up a bit of fresh parsley and boiling it with your tea, strain, and drinking a cup or two every day might actually help! Rosemary, ginger, and sage are also known to be effective emmenagogues.
6. Take A Hot Bath
Warm water helps relax your body and ease emotional and physical stress. Add a few drops of essential oils to the water and soak in it for a while to de-stress. You can massage your legs, arms, and scalp to improve circulation.
7. Step Up/ Cut Down On The Exercise
Exercising releasing endorphins or happy hormones that cut down stress, and reduce estrogen levels, which can help your period show up. However, working out a lot can also be counterproductive as too much of it can actually cause stress on your body and chase your chummies away.
8. Ask Your Gynae If You Should Get On The Pill
Birth control pills are an extremely common treatment for regulating your period. Depending on whether you want it to come early, regulate it or not get it at all – there are different types of hormonal contraceptive pills to try. While the most common ones really do help your period show up, you MUST consult a doctor and only take medically-prescribed pills, otherwise you may end up with harmful side-effects.
9. Find Out Why
Get to the root of what’s delaying your period. Pregnancy, certain medications, weight, and diet are common things that can cause late periods. Iron deficiencies and stress also play a big role. If your period being late is something that happens often, then you definitely need to visit your doctor stat to get to the bottom of it.
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