Most women have – on average – between 11 and 13 menstrual periods every year. Every woman is different, so you may have more or less than that. To decide if your periods are missed or irregular, it is necessary to view it in terms of what is normal for you. It is very common for your periods to be irregular for the first few years of menstruation. This is because it takes time for the hormones that control your periods to find a balance.
How Can I Get Pregnant with Irregular Periods?
You may not care about whether this can affect your ability to get pregnant, but if you are wanting more fertility, irregular cycles can be a major worry. Having your period become irregular from time to time in your life is not a sign of a serious disease. It is often the body simply protecting you. One of the most common reasons for delayed or missed periods is the level of stress and challenge in your life.
Your body needs blood for your period, but it also needs blood for you to do what you to do everyday to survive in this crazy world. You will read all kinds of reasons below why you might not be having regular periods. If you have the right advice and learn how to help your body renew and replenish, your cycles will become regular again.
This is true, even if you have been diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure or been told you are in the beginning stages of Menopause. This is the great gift of Chinese Medicine: the knowledge of exactly what foods and herbs the body needs to regain normal function. In a few months your cycle can be rebalanced, and you can kiss the diagnosis of ”menopause” goodbye! You will also have much more energy than you have now.
Chinese Medicine is Energy Medicine. We see your irregular (or missing) periods as an imbalance of energy and blood.
The solution: Give the body the blood building and energy building foods and herbs to help it renew its normal functioning. When you follow a Healthy Living Program for Irregular Periods (which is more than just the herbs), your energy increases, your body rebalances, your cycles become regular again, and your hormones rebalance.
We are here to empower you. It’s ultimately up to you to utilize our resources and put our simple, accessible tips into practice. You have the power to do this rebalancing.
Western Medicine is Biochemical Medicine and sees your irregular periods as an imbalance of hormones. The ”balancing” solution is to put you on Birth Control. Missed or irregular periods are classed as less or more than 11–13 periods a year OR less or more than your own ‘normal’ number of periods. Your first stop should be to see your doctor to make sure that there are not reasons for your irregular periods that can compromise you entire health.
Causes for Irregular Periods:
- Eating disorders
- Emotional stress
- Excessive weight loss or gain
- Hormonal problems (A check up will include a blood test which may find that certain hormones are too high or too low.)
- Increased exercise (Athletes and dancers commonly have missed or irregular periods.)
- Premature ovarian failure (When you stop menstruating before age 40)
- Problems with the pelvic organs such as: Asherman’s syndrome, fibroids, imperforate hymen, pelvic infection, polycystic ovary syndrome or uterine cancer / uterine abnormalities, uterine polyps
How Eastern Medicine Sees It
The use of birth control has created a mindset that your menstrual cycle should be 28 days (or close to it), and if it is 23 days or 45 days once in a while, then that is considered abnormal. Chinese Medicine understands that your body uses all the tools at its disposal to keep everything regulated and balanced. Below are a few examples of this.
1. Bleeding Between Periods
If a Summer is particularly hot, your body may instigate a short period to help your body to cool off. Western Medicine would view that as an irregular period, but we understand that your body is trying to help you.
2. A Late Period
Another example is having a long time between periods – say 30 days. Again, Western Medicine would see that as an irregular period, but Chinese Medicine understands that your body does not just use blood for your periods. Your body needs blood to meet intense challenges. If you have been facing a lot stress and challenges, then your body is going to hold onto the blood to give you the energy that you need. Your body knows how to heal itself. We can teach you to give it the help it needs.
Reasons for Irregular Periods According to Chinese Medicine
This list is short because Chinese Medicine focuses on what is causing the balance of your body’s energy to be thrown off – which, in turn, causes your periods to be irregular. You will see some of the same issues (stress, overwork, intense exercise), but these are factors that contribute to the reason, not the reason itself. There are many patterns that create irregular periods (12 to be exact), but each always is a combination of at least 2 of these issues.
1. Energy Stagnation – Getting a Period Less Than 20 Days after the Last One – Two Possible Reasons:
Reason 1: If your period is heavy with bright red blood it could be due to Energy Stagnation. This causes heat to build up in your uterus so your body releases blood in an effort to cool down that heat.
Solution: Clear the stuck energy and build your blood back up.
Reason 2: If you tend to be cold all the time, it could indicate that your body doesn’t have enough warm energy to hold on to the blood. This can result in blood being released.
Solution: Increase your warm energy.
2. Low Digestive Energy – Getting a Period More Than 30 Days after the Last One
Your body is holding onto the blood because you are not producing enough blood to carry you through the day and still be able to have a period.
Solution: Build Blood and strengthen digestion.
3. Depleted Deep Energy Reserve – No Period – Sometimes For Over a Year
This can be caused by simply being worn down by life. You need so much blood to keep you going that there is not enough left over for you to have a period. Long periods of intense challenges can cause energy to become stuck. Your vaginal fluids may also be low. You may or may not have hot flashes. You may feel as if you are going to get a period, but it doesn’t happen.
Solution: Renew energy and blood. Break up stuck energy.
If you’re often dry and overheating, we would want to bring down the heat and replenish fluids. If this is the case, add in Stress Relief – Take 3 capsules twice a day.
If you’re often cold, we would want to warm your uterus and build more blood. Add in A Woman’s Energy – Take 2 twice a day
The Western Solution is to override your body’s natural cycle by pouring in hormones (which are often synthetic).
If you have not had a period for a long time and your check up turns up nothing serious to worry about, the Western answer is Birth Control or Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). According to Western Medicine – Birth control or HRT will “regulate” your cycle or HRT will “rebalance” Estrogen and Progesterone.
Eastern Medicine Doesn’t Agree for Two Main Reasons.
Reason One: Eastern Medicine understands that these hormones don’t regulate your menstrual cycle or rebalance your hormones. They override the natural hormone balance of your body. These treatments are not the answer when your body needs to regain its natural balance. They simply mask the symptoms and are never recommended for long term use because of cancer risks. Western Medicine just overrides the hormones with exogenous hormones.
Reason Two: It takes a great deal of your body’s natural energy to process these powerful hormones. That can create a whole new set of problems when you stop taking the pills. It is not actually “balancing” anything. When you stop having the hormone treatment, you end up back where you started.
One of the unique things about Chinese medicine is that it is so focused on balancing your own natural cycles. Chinese Medicine identifies an imbalance that can actually be causing other emotional and digestive symptoms in the body. As your cycle balances, your overall health will get better.
Radiant Wonder’s 2 Step Solution
Step One – Find Out What Energy Pattern(s) Caused the Hormonal Imbalance
Chinese Medicine wants to know why your body is not healthy enough to produce a normal, trouble-free cycle. Why aren’t you producing the right balance of hormones.
Step Two – Use The Irregular Periods StartUp Program to Start Rebalancing Naturally
Chinese Medicine uses your cycle to understand your overall health – not just your period.
As you balance your cycle with this method, you will start to feel healthier, happier, and more energetic. The following are reflections of the health of your whole body:
- Regular menses
- No pain
- No clots
- Normal flow (according to what is normal for you)
- Good color blood
- No abnormal symptoms
What you can do to support yourself:
- Avoid fad diets that greatly restrict calories and food variety
- Avoid rapid weight loss
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Avoid endurance sports, which may cause you to miss periods or stop menstruating altogether
- Increase exercise gradually
- Learn relaxation exercises to reduce and cope with stress
- Keep a diary of your periods or use a period tracking app on your smart phone
How Long Does it Take to Work?
These issues normally take 4 months to resolve. There is a reason for that. Your blood supply is completely renewed in 120 days. Your body is in a constant state of renewal. You will feel changes in the first month, but your body needs time to heal.