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5 Effective Home Remedies to Treat Delayed Periods

Delayed menstruation is a common problem faced by women all over the world. Here are some effective home remedies to treat this condition. 

Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Aug 14,2018
Updated at: Sep 14,2021

Many women all over the world suffer from the problems of delayed menstruation. It is a common issue between the age of 10-55. The regular menses cycle is of 28 days and the periods are considered irregular when the length of the cycle is more than 35 days. Many factors such as hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders, liver disease, miscarriage, menopause, eating disorders, weight gain, weight loss or other health problems contribute to the occurrence of such a problem. Lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol abuse, excess consumption of caffeine, certain medications and strenuous exercising can also cause such issues.

Delayed periods can also lead to unwanted stress and a feeling of uneasiness in women who suffer from it. A delay in periods also causes a host of other uncomfortable symptoms such as tenderness in breasts, cramps in the abdomen or lower back, mood swings and irritability among many others. In some cases, delayed menstruation can be treated using certain natural remedies, while others require proper medical treatment. Read this article further to know about effective home remedies to treat delayed periods. 

Home remedies to treat delayed periods

You can keep a record of the changes in your cycle to notice if they get delayed due to some reason. Here are some home remedies to treat delayed periods that have been tried and tested over decades:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a superfood with great medicinal properties to treat irregular or delayed periods. It is a warm herb that can help in balancing hormones and improving the menstrual cycle. It has antispasmodic and anti inflammatory properties that can treat the symptoms of menses including pain and cramps. 

Also read: What Else Can Cause Missed Period Besides Pregnancy?

2. Unripe papaya 

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It is an age-old tradition, where young women suffering from irregular periods are told to eat papaya to induce periods. Unripe papaya is known to help with problems related to menstruation. Cooking the papaya will destroy most of the enzymes and nutrients, so it is best to have it raw, shred it on top of your dishes or make a tangy fresh papaya salad. You will be glad to know that your favourite fruit papaya can also be a natural cure for delayed periods. However, it is essential to take care if you have any possibility that you might be pregnant as eating papaya is not recommended during pregnancy.

3. Ginger Tea

Ginger promotes better blood circulation and is also known for regulating periods and helping with cramps. Crush a knob of ginger and boil it for several minutes to make the tea. You can add sugar, honey or any other sweetener of your choice. Drinking this tea, a couple of times in a day can help induce menstruation.

Also read: Feel the Change in Your Periods in the 20s, 30s & 40s: Study

4. Coriander and Parsley

If you are stressing over a delayed period, try including herbs such as coriander and parsley in your diet. Drinking parsley juice or a decoction made by boiling coriander leaves and seeds in water help regularise your period. Indians have been using parsley for centuries to cure irregular menstruation.

5. De-stress yourself

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Stress is the biggest culprit leading to various problems including irregular periods. De-stressing is an active cure for delayed periods. It is a vicious cycle; stress causes late periods and late periods induce panic and anxiety. Having a delayed period is quite, and usually, there is no need to panic. Try to relax and make sure you have a good night’s sleep.

These were some effective home remedies that can help in treating delayed or irrigular periods. The above listed natural treatments are also useful in getting relief from menstrual symptoms such as pain and cramps. If you skip your menses more than 1-2 times, it is suggested to talk to a doctor. 

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