What Causes Irregular Periods?

What Causes Irregular Periods?

Last update: 12 March, 2015

It’s not uncommon to have irregular periods. Don’t worry. Stress is often the culprit, which results in your period coming earlier or later than you expected.

There are several different factors that can determine when you’ll get your period. Nutrition and your overall health are essential in regulating it. In this article, we’ll give you tips to help you understand what causes certain symptoms and how you can address them with the help of your GP. Do stay aware. If you notice unusual symptoms or changes in your body, visit your doctor. Your reproductive health is extremely important.

Irregular Menstruation Explained

Chances are, you’ve experienced an irregular period. It can be scary. Your period doesn’t come, but you know you’re not pregnant. Still, those tell-tale pains are nowhere to be found and days go by without it arriving. You can also have a month of irregular spotting or blood volume that is higher than usual.

Menstrual cycles are normally 21 to 35 days long. It’s common to have irregular periods for the first five or six years whilst your body adjusts to its new phase. However, as you get older, they regulate themselves until you reach 40 or 45 years old. That’s when a new process – the menopause – typically begins.

Armed with this information, we know that irregularities are caused by changes in the normal processes and can be identified by pain, missed periods or two periods during the same month. Let’s analyse the causes one by one.

Late Periods

Of course, you should first rule out pregnancy. If you’re not pregnant, it may be amenorrhoea. This is when three months have gone by without your having had a period. Keep cal m. It’s most often associated with periods of stress and anxiety. When you’re very nervous or you are experiencing a lot of stress – possibly due to grieving the death of a loved one – it’s normal for your body to react. Sometimes, it’s down to poor nutrition, anorexia, certain medications and even obesity. Thyroid and other hormonal problems should also be considered.

What Can You Do?

Once you’ve consulted your GP, you can follow some of these simple and natural recommendations to help regulate your body and your menstrual cycle.

  • Pay attention to your diet! Avoid fats and sweets. Increase your consumption of liquids, whole fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat papaya. It’s highly regarded for regulating your periods.
  • Drink fennel infusions. This tea is ideal for regulating your cycles. Drink two small cups a day for a fortnight and you will begin to notice that things get back on track.


Oligomenorrhea means that your periods are very sporadic and may occur once every four months (or even less frequent). Sometimes it’s fairly normal for a woman, but you do want to rule out something like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a condition that is very common when you have oligomenorrhea.

Premature Ovarian Failure

In some women, periods stop even before they’ve turned 45. Ovulation just stops. Women who experience this problem may have stopped having their periods or have them only very infrequently. This happens when the ovaries fail prematurely. Osteoporosis may result when you stop menstruating earlier than is usual. You may want to discuss complementary hormonal treatment with your GP.


Dysmenorrhea means extremely painful periods. Women can feel incapacitated by this pain. Although it’s not a fatal illness, it’s problematic because it can negatively affect daily life. Simple home remedies like hot baths or the use of plants with painkilling properties can greatly assuage your pain during these times of the month.


Location of endometriosis

If you feel pain before and after your period and you have long periods with heavy blood flow, you may have endometriosis. When abnormal tissue grows inside a woman’s uterus, it can cause infertility. Endometriosis is a serious disease that requires treatment, so see your GP straight away when you notice any symptoms.

To learn more about how you can ease the pain and treat this disease naturally, follow this link: endometriosis.

Uterine Fibroids

These are the most common non-cancerous tumours affecting women of childbearing age. The symptoms experienced when you have uterine fibroids include very heavy periods and mid-cycle bleeding. Medication can sometimes stop their growth, but other cases may require surgery.

Be aware of your body and watch for signs. Any irregularities you notice in your body can be the result of stress, poor nutrition or underlying illness – all of which must be treated for the sake of your health. Keep an eye out for changes and abnormalities. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.