Skipping Cycles/Irregular Periods?
Are you in perimenopause? Are you younger than 40 and skipping cycles? In perimenopause it is very common to be skipping periods. During perimenopause, periods often come and go. This is the result of your ovaries shutting down and going into menopause. Do not be worried, it is completely normal.
You may not have a cycle for a couple of months and then have a very heavy one. This is called an irregular cycle.
While, it may seem easier to finally be done with tampons and pads. It is actually healthier to shed your lining. You do not want a built-up uterine lining because it can lead to precancerous cells. So, if you are shedding, your body is doing its job!
In perimenopause, estrogen is the dominant hormone at age 45 and older because most of us are no longer ovulating at that age. Progesterone will help regulate estrogen levels, alleviating any symptoms of estrogen dominance.
Wondering how to use progesterone with irregular cycles?
Use progesterone for 25 days, then take a 3-5-day break. If your cycle arrives, stop using the crème during the bleeding and allow that to be the break. If the bleeding lasts longer than 5 days, start the crème again on Day 5 regardless of bleeding. At this point, more progesterone is necessary to regulate your cycle.
Are you a younger woman who is skipping cycles?
There are a myriad of reasons your cycle may be irregular such as stress, dietary deficiencies, low body weight, getting off of birth control pills, PCOS and even early menopause.
Because the lining of the uterus is not shedding, it is important to clear out built up blood in order to establish a healthy cycle again. This can be done naturally and effectively with progesterone and herbal support.
I have spoken with many women who's doctors have offered synthetic estrogen or birth control pills to regulate their periods. Chemical intervention is not a healthy solution to the problem.
If you would like to restore your cycle, you will also use the progesterone as described above.
Use progesterone for 25 days, then take a 3-5-day break.
If you do get a cycle, stop during the bleeding and let that be your break. If you bleed longer than 5 days, start the crème again on Day 5 regardless of bleeding. Progesterone can restore regularity within 3 months in most women
For both older and younger women, who want to try to restore a normal cycle, there are 2 great herbal helps
1. Vitex also known as Chasteberry:
Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis which is your hormonal feedback loop and works to correct the problem at the source.
There have been numerous studies showing the effectiveness of Vitex for all types of menstrual cycle irregularities when used consistently for 2-3 months.
Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation, improve a short luteal phase, support healthy hormone levels and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Furthermore, Vitex has proven to be extremely helpful in bringing back the menstrual cycle in women with absent periods due to eating disorders and lack of menstruation due to a history of breastfeeding.
2. Tribulus Terrestis:
Tribulus supports healthy hormone levels, is a known female reproductive system tonic and may increase libido. Tribulus has also been shown to normalize ovulation in infertile women.
If you are trying to get your period back on track, start with progesterone. Then add Vitex, Tribulus or both.
Just remember, it is normal for cycles to become sporadic during perimenopause, so don’t fret and worry.
Email me anytime if you have more questions. I am here to help!