How To Get Your Period Back

How To Get Your Period Back

It can be quite frustrating if you are trying to get pregnant, yet have no period. Having a healthy cycle is step one for boosting your fertility naturally and being able to get pregnant. 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, hormonal imbalance, perimenopause or other underlying issues.

Since the lining of the uterus is not being shed, it is very important to clear out the old blood and establish a healthy cycle again. This can be done naturally and effectively with herbs and nutrition. I have talked with many clients who have been offered synthetic estrogen to get their period going again… taking synthetic estrogen for this issue is like using a sledge hammer on a thumb tack.

Absent Period… Otherwise Known as Amenorrhea

A healthy menstural cycle depends on a healthy body. Learn how you can bring your period back naturally...

Absent period is known as amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is divided into two distinct groups: primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. Secondary amenorrhea being the most common.

Note: Absent menstrual cycles due to perimenopause and menopause are not considered amenorrhea.

Primary Amenorrhea
Defined as the absence of menstruation by the age of 14 with no secondary sexual characteristics, or the absence of menstruation by the age of 16 regardless of secondary sexual characteristics. Examples of secondary sexual characteristics in women are enlargement of breasts, widening of hips, armpit, pubic and leg hair and body odor. Primary amenorrhea is uncommon, happening in about only 0.3% of women.

Often natural therapies do not work as well for women with primary amenorrhea because there is usually an underlying developmental issue for those women. In the case of primary amenorrhea, it may be best to find a reproductive endocrinologist to work with. We are not saying natural therapies and herbs will not work for primary amenorrhea, just that this condition is more difficult to work with. It is still very beneficial to eat well and choose healthy lifestyle practices.

Secondary amenorrhea
Defined as the absence of menstruation for the total of at least 3 previous menstrual cycle lengths, or at least 6 months in a woman who previously had a menstrual cycle and is still in her reproductive years. Reproductive years are defined as menarche, when a woman begins her menstrual cycle in puberty until menopause around the ages of 40-55. Secondary amenorrhea is more common than primary amenorrhea.

Causes of Absent Period

A menstrual cycle that has stopped is not a disease, it may be a sign that there is an underlying imbalance in the body. A regular menstrual cycle is regulated by a complex system of messages and actions orchestrated by the endocrine system. The endocrine glands work together to send messages via hormones. This is called the feedback loop.

In very simple terms the hypothalamus produces GnRH (gonadotrophin-releasing hormones) which signals to the pituitary to produce LH (luteinising hormones) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to signal to the ovaries that it is their turn to release estrogen and progesterone which is recognized by the pituitary gland.

Simple right? Not so. As you can see a healthy cycle is dependent on each part of the feedback loop functioning properly. Think of it as an orchestra, if just one part of the cycle is off, it will throw the entire cycle off, causing imbalances that can affect regular menstrual cycles.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Sometimes the body is not getting enough nutrition daily to be able to sustain normal functions, including the menstrual cycle. There are many very important nutrients the body requires to maintain a healthy menstrual cycle. Nutritional deficiencies can actually cause menstrual cycle irregularities and eventually may cause the entire cycle to stop.

What you eat daily makes up every part of your body. You are what you eat!

Learn how to eat a healthy whole food fertility diet! Harvard performed a recent study that showed an 80% decrease in infertility with the lifestyle changes made by switching to a fertility diet. Women who followed a combination of five or more lifestyle factors, including changing specific aspects of their diets, experienced more than 80 percent less relative risk of infertility due to ovulatory disorders compared to women who engaged in none of the factors, according to a paper published in the Nov. 1 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Eating a wide variety of whole foods is vital to a healthy menstrual cycle. The body relies on the foods we consume daily to function at its best. There are key nutrients and foods that support a healthy menstrual cycle, if any of these are lacking there may be a deficiency that may be contributing to an absent period. Be sure you are getting enough of the following…

    Iron: Studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood (J. Curr. Res. Aca. Rev., 2014). Foods rich in iron are divided into two groups heme and nonheme. This simply means it comes from an animal source or a non-animal source. Heme iron sources are grass fed, free range organic bison, chicken, eggs, elk, beef and wild caught Alaskan salmon. Nonheme iron rich foods include blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, beans, nettles, amaranth, dark leafy greens, Turkish apricots (unsulphured), seaweed, and quinoa.

    “In a study women who were having ovulation problems, 40% became fertile after supplementing with iron.”

    Vitamin C: Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women. The body requires food sources of vitamin C for proper iron absorption, so be sure to eat a food high in vitamin C when consuming a food high in iron. Great food sources of vitamin C are red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries and hibiscus flower tea.

    B Vitamins: Green vegetables are rich in B vitamins which are necessary for proper hormonal balance. Think of Swiss chard, kale, watercress, seaweed, spirulina, collard greens, nettles, parsley and basil!

    Essential fatty acids: EFA’s are important for hormone production. Many women are low in EFA’s, specifically omega 3. Some foods rich in EFA’s are flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, sardines, halibut, shrimp, snapper, scallops, chia seeds and cod liver oil.

    Cholesterol: Cholesterol is necessary for hormone production. Avoid eating a ‘low-fat’ diet and make sure to eat a diet that includes whole fat animal products sourced from grass-fed animals. Foods rich in clean cholesterol: grass-fed beef, raw milk from grass-fed cows or goats, whole milk yogurt and kefir, free-range/pastured eggs, butter from grass-fed milk (Kerry Gold is a common one) and coconut oil.

    Fiber: Fiber helps to remove excess hormones from the body which may be causing hormonal imbalance. Fiber also helps to regulate the blood sugar levels which helps to reduce fertility issues such as PCOS, immunological issues, and promotes healthy hormonal balance. Some examples of high fiber foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, dark leafy greens, and beans.

    Zinc: This is just one of the minerals that the body uses to keep hormone levels (like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle. A woman’s body needs a certain amount of zinc to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization. The richest source of Zinc are oysters, raw pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and tahini a.k.a. sesame seed butter.

A great way to support the body in getting all the necessary nutrients it needs daily is to take a whole food multivitamin. Including a whole food multivitamin, along with eating a fertility diet are the first steps in getting your period back!

Being Overweight or Underweight

There is a direct link between anovulation and obesity. Body fat cells, called adipocytes produce estrogen. Obese women may have too much estrogen due to too much body fat. Women who are underweight may also have anovulation due to lack of body fat. There may not be enough estrogen or adequate cholesterol levels being maintained to support the menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that women with extreme exercise habits have significantly lower levels of estradiol due to low levels of body fat in key areas of the body, leading to anovulation.

Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation, healthy gene expression, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle. Too much estrogen, or too little in the body may cause the feedback loop to not function properly and the menstrual cycle may cease. Now you can see why it is so important to have adequate amounts of body fat; not too much and not too little!


Polycystic ovarian syndrome, sometimes also called polycystic ovarian dysfunction is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age. There are two distinct and consistent features of PCOS: absent period or inconsistent menstrual cycles and hyperandrogenism (the body is producing too many androgens, the most common one being testosterone).


Stress may cause the body to stop the menstrual cycle. Stress causes the body to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin that prevent our fertility hormones from being released at the correct times in the menstrual cycle. This can cause a disruption in the menstrual cycle by affecting how the adrenal glands function. Reducing stress and supporting adrenal health is essential to a healthy menstrual cycle and is a relatively easy fix for healthy fertility. The adrenal glands also directly impact thyroid health.

Thyroid issues

Poor thyroid function may cause the menstrual cycle to stop. An overactive thyroid that produces too many thyroid hormones is called Hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormones. An absent menstrual cycle is a sign of hyperthyroidism, where irregular or heavy cycles may be a sign of hypothyroidism. Learn more about the importance of thyroid function for fertility…

Pituitary tumor

A pituitary tumor may cause disruption in the release and manufacturing of certain hormones which may cause the menstrual cycle to stop. Learn more about what role the pituitary gland plays for fertility here…

Premature Ovarian Failure

POF, also known as Ovarian Hypofunction, is defined as a loss of normal ovarian function before the age of 40. The menstrual cycle may cease before the age of 40, or become sporadic. There are a variety of reasons this may happen, you can learn more here…

Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause. As perimenopause progresses toward menopause, it is normal for menstrual cycles to become irregular and for hormone levels to fluctuate. The menstrual cycle may become absent for many cycles and then suddenly come back for a couple cycles, and then go away again, becoming sporadic for some years. As ovarian reserve diminishes and egg health declines, FSH levels rise, the menstrual cycle will become more and more irregular, until eventually it stops.

Menopause is defined as absent menstruation for a year or longer. Menopause may also be confirmed by elevated FSH levels between 60 to 100mL/L on two tests done at least 1 month apart, and/or LH level greater than 50mIU/L and estradiol less than 50pg/mL. Natural therapies cannot reverse the aging process, or bring back the menstrual cycles in a woman who has already gone through, or is going through menopause.

When to see a doctor!

If you have not had a menstrual period for 3 consecutive cycles or more, it is time to make an appointment with your healthcare practitioner. They can help you to determine what the causes may be. Most medical doctors will often prescribe oral contraceptives (birth control pill) to get the menstrual cycle to regulate. It is important to realize that this method will force the body to have a cycle and prevent pregnancy. Oral contraceptives do not solve the problem of why the menstrual cycle is absent to begin with. Luckily there are natural therapies such as herbs, specific massage techniques, supplements, stress reduction techniques and dietary changes than can help support the body in regulating the menstrual cycle in most cases.

Herbs to Promote Menstruation

Before heading right for herbs that are known to help bring back the menstrual cycle (emmenagogues) it is also important to consider herbs that support healing of the cause of the absent menstrual cycle. Why is it you are not having a period to begin with? Once you know what is causing this to happen, you will be able to formulate a plan for yourself. This is vital when desiring to use herbs as well. For example there are herbs that support hormonal balance through endocrine system support, some that help the body to respond to stress and others that have a direct action on the uterus. You can learn all about herbs for fertility here….

~Emmenagogues stimulate and normalize the menstrual cycle~

Important caution: It is extremely important to rule out pregnancy prior to beginning any herbs for fertility, especially those used to bring back a menstrual cycle. Most herbs that help to regulate the menstrual cycle are not safe for pregnancy and may potentially cause a miscarriage!

Herbs to Bring on Menstruation

The following herbs may help to bring on a menstrual period. All the herbs in this section will only be effective if the menstrual period is absent due to hormonal imbalance. If the menstrual cycle is absent due to nutritional deficiencies, these herbs may not be as effective. It is very important that diet changes are in place before beginning any herbs to bring back the menstrual cycle.

Black Cohosh root (Actaea racemosa)
Black cohosh has been used for hundreds of years to help bring back the menstrual cycle. Black cohosh promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle while helping to support a calm uterus.

Dong Quai root (Angelica sinensis)
This is the main herb for this issue. Dong Quai works by promoting blood flow to the pelvis where it helps support the body to bring back an absent period. It does this by nourishing the blood (it is in nearly all Chinese herbal blood-building formulas because it is iron rich), improving hormonal regulation, and aiding in uterine tone.

Motherwort aerial parts (Leonurus cardiaca)
This herb is very effective at reducing uterine muscle spasm, cramping and improving uterine tone. Motherwort has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus, while also aiding the uterus to work efficiently, which is helpful in bringing on menstruation.

White Peony (Paeonia officinalis)
This herb helps build the blood and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. Overall, White Peony provides excellent hormone balancing support and aids in pain reduction and relaxation. White Peony moves the blood in the pelvic area offering support for uterine stagnant conditions including absent period.

Click here to purchase a formula with these herbs…

Herbs to Promote Regular Menstrual Cycles

The following herbs would be used once the first menstrual period comes back or after performing a Fertility Cleanse.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
Shatavari helps to promote regular menstrual cycles by aiding in regulation of estrogen levels. Shatavari is also an adaptogen that supports endocrine system function for healthy hormonal balance.

Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris)
This herb has been shown to normalize ovulation in infertile women. Tribulus supports healthy hormone levels, is a known female reproductive system tonic and may increase libido.

Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus)
Vitex is another great herb for amenorrhea due to hormonal imbalance. It helps to balance the hormones while not containing any hormones within the herb. Vitex supports hormonal balance in the body by having an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis (hormonal feedback loop), correcting the problem at the source. There have been numerous studies showing the effectiveness of vitex for all types of menstrual cycle irregularities when used for many months consistently.

Vitex has been found to help normalize ovulation, improve a short luteal phase, support healthy hormone levels and reduce Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

Studies have shown vitex extremely helpful in bringing back the menstrual cycle in women with absent periods due to eating disorders and lack of menstruation due to breastfeeding. We do not advise weaning a baby until they are over a year old. For mothers of older babies who are ready to try to conceive again, and still have yet to begin menstruating, vitex is a safe option. You can learn more about using herbs for fertility while breastfeeding here…

If you have not had a menstrual cycle for two or more months you may want to consider performing a Fertility Cleanse. Fertility cleansing helps to cleanse the uterus of old blood and tissues while helping the liver to get rid of excess hormones to promote a healthy menstrual cycle. If after doing a Fertility Cleanse your period still does not come back and you have implemented a nutrient dense fertility diet, consider herbs to bring back the menstrual cycle.

Learn about other herbs for Absent Period here…

Self Fertility Massage
A uterus that is not stimulated to shed the endometrium, or sheds the endometrium inadequately each month, may become atrophied. This means the muscles lose their tone and strength. If the mucosa lining known as the stratum functionale is not stimulated to secrete mucous and build up the endometrium, then the uterus is not lubricated and may become “dry” and weak. You can see why this would not be the best environment to house an embryo. Having a regular menstrual cycle is essential to having a healthy uterus.

Here’s how Self Fertility Massage aids the body in regulating menstrual cycles:

  • Promotes hormonal balance*
  • Helps to reduce stress and stress hormones*
  • Improves communication within the endocrine system*
  • Increases circulation to the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes*
  • Promotes the movement of fluids*
  • Helps the body to rid itself of old stagnant blood and tissues*

Learn all about how Self Fertility Massage may help to promote a healthy menstrual cycle here…


Overall it is extremely important to begin by nourishing the body through good nutrition. Your dietary habits are your foundation, without that in place first, the body is not going to respond to herbs for amenorrhea as well. Second, be sure to include a good whole food multivitamin, reduce stress and exercise regularly. Third, consider an herbal program for getting the menstrual cycle back on track. Last, but not least, practice fertility massage regularly. This combination is a great plan for working to promote a healthy menstrual cycle long-term! Be patient, the body needs time to establish a cycle. Be gentle with yourself and your body will come back into balance.

– Chavarro, Jorge E. MD, ScD; Rich-Edwards, Janet W. MPH, ScD; Rosner, Bernard A. PhD; Willett, Walter C. MD, DrPH. Diet and Lifestyle in the Prevention of Ovulatory Disorder Infertility. Obstetrics & Gynecology: Nov. 2007 – Volume 110 – Issue 5 – pp 1050-1058. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000287293.25465.e1
– S.Sasikumar, J.Shyam, Sundar, D.Dakshayani, R.Prabavathy, and M.KarthikaInt. J. Curr. Res. Aca. Rev. (2014); 2(2): 96-115. A study on significant biochemical changes in the serum of infertile women. Retrieved from:,%20et%20al.pdf
– Hudson, T. (2008). Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Retrieved from:
– Romm, A., Clare, B. (2010). Amenorrhea. In Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health (pp. 122-130). St. Louis, Missouri: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
– R E Frisch, R C Snow, L A Johnson, B Gerard, R Barbieri, and B Rosen. Magnetic resonance imaging of overall and regional body fat, estrogen metabolism, and ovulation of athletes compared to controls. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism August 1, 1993 vol. 77 no. 2471-477. DOI:

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  1. Hello there :) I am Erika.
    I have not ever had regular periods since I got the first one when I was 13. I am 22 now and I get usually 1-2 a year. I have hypothyroidism, and a fatty liver and I am pre diabetic. I was on levothyroxine since I was 14 after finding out about my thyroid. I still dont have periods often and I want to conceive again, I have one child. I have been trying for over 2 years. I am 225 pounds, I worked out for 4 months about 1 hour daily, and lost only 6 pounds, and in a month, it all came back! I am so frustrated. Extremely hard to lose weight which I know is probably a big cause in my imbalance, just as thyroid. I’ve talked to several Docs, nothing works! HELP :(

  2. Please, can I take parsley to regulate my menstruation? The last time I menstruated was March.

    • Dear Igue,

      Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is rich in vitamin C and the root, leaves and seeds have been used to bring on menstruation, as what is referred to by herbalists as an emmenagogue. It may not alone be all that is needed to support the body in having a normal, regular menstrual cycle however. Consider the tips offered in this very article.

      It will help to understand why menstruation has been absent if pregnancy is not the cause. Speaking to your healthcare provider about why should provide answers.

  3. Hello,
    I am 26 years old and I’ve been trying to conceive for about a year and couple months. About a year i unfortunately had a miscarriage, I have never been regular on my period maybe wouldnt get for a month then the next I would. But since my miscarry my period has been coming awfully weird. For the first 3 months nothing then for about 3-4 months I was getting my “period” but it was coming out dry and dark kinda like sticky dark. for about 3 months now I have been getting my period kinda normal, kinda pink but not intense. I also don’t really feel like im ovulating well. can I take any vitamins to regulate and make my uterus strong? please advice. Thank you.

  4. Hi I’m 25. I am now 2months late for my period which supposed to be here by June 28. (32 days cycle max. I do have regular cycle 28-32). Ive took 2 HPT it turns our negative. And almost a week ago my OB have me undergone Beta HCG-Blood test and the result is 2.32. Which means I’m not pregnant. All these 2months ive been experiencing cramps. But still no period. Just a day ago I experience spotting seems like pink/fresh blood.
    I want my period back. I really need help.

    • Dear Hikari,

      I am sorry this is happening!

      Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, age, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), weight loss or gain, changes in exercise routines and even travel can all impact menstrual cycle timing.

      There could potentially be a variety of factors at play here. It may help to evaluate if there have been any recent changes to your diet or lifestyle that could be contributing to this for you. Things as simple as a daily walk, drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day and Fertility Massage may offer great support.

      The suggestions offered in the article may be helpful, but it would be best to work one on one with someone who can evaluate what’s happening from a holistic perspective. We offer this through a Fertility Consultation.

      Be well!

  5. I’m 15 yrs. old. I haven’t had my monthly period since October, 2014. I eat healthy and exercise a little. I’m not overweight or underweight, and I don’t know what else to do. What do you suggest?

    • Hello Anotamous!

      I am sorry, but I can not suggest our programs to anyone under the age of 18. Your teen body is developing in so many ways that is would be best to seek the guidance of a natural healthcare provider in addition to your doctor. They will be best able to help you create the best natural fertility health program for your needs.

      Consider also reading the article Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices.

      Best wishes!

  6. Hi! My name is Jade and I have been having irregular menstrual cycles for years now (over 10 years). I was formerly a competitive runner through high school and college. In college, I started noticing my cycle becoming irregular then eventually absent. Now I am trying to get it back every month. It currently comes once every three months or so (two months absent, one month on) and I cannot seem to figure out how to regulate it. I am now taking vitamins (due to vitamin deficiency- mainly vitamin B, vitamin D and Omega 3-6-9. I am also now taking Progesterone Cream and my testosterone levels are very high. I’m trying to get pregnant. Do you have any tips on how I can regulate my cycle

    • Dear Jade,

      Our Natural Guide For Menstrual Health may be most helpful. It is hard for me to offer tips with only a small piece of the bigger picture of what is your health.

      It may be most helpful to work one on one with a fertility herbalist. We offer this opportunity through a Fertility Consultation. Through this experience you will receive the best natural fertility program for your specific fertility health needs.

  7. Hi! I’m 17 years old and from New Zealand. I never had sex. I’ve never been in a relationship. I’m not pregnant. I had my last cycle in February 2015, but I had period last month, June 1 and again I missed a period this month. This is so irregular. Can you tell me why? Hoping for response! Thank you so much!!

  8. I am 19, no boyfriend and recently decided to get off of the depo shot. I started depo August of last year and got my last shot February 2nd. My cycle still has not started and I am worried because my friend got off around the same time and hers started. Around April, I was having hot flashes and other things and I read that the shot can send you into early menopause. Should I be worried?

    • Dear Brianna,

      I am sorry you are worried! While I know it is hard not to compare yourself to your friend(s), you and she are completely different, you just happened to take the same medication.

      Your body is working to not only detoxify from the hormone, but re-learn hormone balance on it’s own without the birth control. This actually takes a lot of work. For some, it can take up to a year after stopping hormonal birth control for the cycle to normalize and for the body to re-learn balance. Take time to read through the article How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control for gentle natural therapies known to help bring the body back into balance.

      I hope this article is helpful!

  9. Hi,
    I got my period at the age of 11 years old and everything was fine however at the age of 13, I stopped getting my period since I had lost quite a bit of weight. After some deliberation with my parents, we decided to go to the doctors and see what the problem was and realised that the weight loss was the issue. I am now visiting a dietician who is helping me put the weight back on so I’m at a healthy BMI. I am currently 15 and have been on the plan with the dietician for 6 months and slowly slowly the weight is getting back on. However, I was wondering if any of these remedies would be suited towards my circumstance. I would appreciate your help greatly since I’m starting to worry.

  10. Hi! I have been breastfeeding my son (now 10 months old). I am working with a fertility clinic who is helping me with baby #2. However, I can’t get started until I have a period (haven’t had one since Dec 2014 due to pregnancy and breastfeeding) and I don’t want to wean my son earlier than 1 year old (prefer to breastfeed as long as possible and can do unmedicated fertility treatments but can’t start anything until my period arrives). Is there anything that I can take (while breastfeeding) that can help start my period? Thank you!

  11. I am 31 year old and was on contraceptives and Roaccutane for 2 years for acne. I used to have 5-day, moderate-flow periods throughout until last October. I took Utovlan (a period delay tablet) and since then, I have had light periods only 1 / 2 days initially, went up to 3 days, now back to 2 days. I am not married and do wish to become a mother one day. My doctor is very unhelpful. She conducted my blood tests and polycystic scan and found it to be normal and did not wish to investigate further. I do eat healthy, am within the healthy BMI and exercise moderately. Can you help?

    • Greetings GL!

      What I know about Utovlan is that contains norethisterone, a hormone which delays menstruation. It may be worth talking to your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the side effects of this medication.

      If not using Utovlan, consider learning tips from our Natural Guide For Menstrual Health.

  12. Hi
    I got married in February, finished off my last pack of pills and had withdrawal bleed, I then went about 5-6weeks and had my first proper period after being on contraception (pill and implant) for 10 years, it has now been 7 weeks and no sign of period. Pregnancy test was negative (took two weeks ago), I am 26, exercise 3 times a week, don’t have a stressful job and eat very well. My husband and I want to start trying for a baby in 7/8months but am worried what’s going on?? We use contraception (condoms) at the mo. Can you help/give any advice?

  13. Hi, I’m 24 years old and we planed to try to conceive from June. So I concern about my food, prenatal, menstruation and ovulation for three months. My period was regular from the beginning. Unfortunately my period didn’t come on time this month. It should come on 20th May. But today is 24th. I’m worry. Because we trying to have a baby four years after marriage. And I never get any birth control pills. We get together only in safe time. I don’t know what happened.

    • Dear Upekha,

      There are a variety of factors that can impact menstrual cycle timing from changes in diet and exercise routines, to gaining or loosing weight quickly, stress and even travel.

      Given you are trying to conceive, could you be pregnant? It would be important to know this before taking anything to support hormonal balance and a regular menstrual cycle.

      If not pregnant, consider referring to our Natural Guide For Menstrual Health.

  14. Hi! I’m 20 years old, single and no boyfriend (I’m sure I’m not pregnant, just so you know). I had my period last March 2015, and ever since my menstrual cycle is normal. However, I missed 2 cycles this April and May. What can I do to make it sure my body is still okay? Hoping for your response. Thank you! :)

    • Dear Sunny,

      A variety of factors can cause the menstrual cycle to become irregular, even temporarily. These range from increased levels of stress, to changes in diet, weight or exercise routines, to fertility health issues and travel (yes traveling has caused some women’s periods to be absent). Consider reading the article 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period to learn helpful tips for supporting the body in achieving a healthy menstrual cycle and hormonal balance.

  15. Hi
    I have not had my period for 4 months. I am very worried. Would a Fertility Cleanse or Rejuvaflow help? Thank you.

    • Hi Emma,

      Did you have a chance to read through this entire guide? It should help answer your questions – especially as to why you may not be getting your period. We find both the Fertility Cleanse Kit and RejuvaFlow effective ways to help encourage the body to bring back the menstrual cycle – RejuvFlow is more specific to this than the Fertility Cleanse Kit.

      If you are unsure, you can learn more about each one by learning more about each one, by clicking on them below…

      Fertility Cleansing

      Best Wishes

  16. I am 33 years old and have PCOS. I had surgery on September 10 of last year. I had a period about a week later, however since then I have not had one. I was thinking about trying the herb Black Cohosh. Do you think this will help me?

  17. Hello, I had my last “clockwork” period in Dec. 2013 while moving to Divide, CO (altitude 9300 ft). I suffer from Addison’s disease and a Hypo-thyroid. All things remaining the same, except the move to such a high altitude, I can not think of anything that would cause my period to just stop. No breakthrough bleeding – Nothing. My OBGYN put me on birth control pills for 7 days to see if he could start it. Nothing happened. So I decided to take them for 21 days and see if that would work. Nothing. No spotting or anything. The doctors are baffled and can not determine what is going on as my cortisol and thyroid levels are normal with supplements. Do you think it’s altitude related?

    • Hi Windi,

      Though I have no concrete evidence, I too have experienced similar issues when moving back and forth from sea level to high altitude. I grew in in CO and live here now, each time I move my cycle goes missing for a cycle or two. I attribute this to altitude and stress of moving – combined. I haven’t heard anything about from anyone else, but it is something I have experienced first hand. I don’t have either of the same conditions you have, so really there is no way to know what may be going on.

      We find that RejuvaFlow works well to help bring the menstrual cycle back, but the Motherwort in that blend isn’t the best herb to combine with those that have a sluggish thyroid function. I find that Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) works well with altitude change, as it increases circulation and improves stress response. In addition, it helps support endocrine system function as a whole. That may be a good superfood option, as an addition to a healthy daily smoothie. You may also want to give it more time, as it does take some time for the body to adjust, especially at 9300 feet above sea level. Think oxygen, your body needs more of it and more rest when first transitioning. Maybe take a weekend to soak at a nearby hot springs…

      I don’t have any science behind this, but I suppose it is entirely possible, as I have experienced this and couldn’t attribute it to anything else! :)

      All the best,


  18. Hi I’m 21 years old and single. Four months ago I took this slimming pill I bought from my friend. I took this pill everyday 30 mins before breakfast. After a month of taking this I was shocked that my menstruation suddenly stopped which had never happened before. It’s been almost 4 months now yet my periods still hasn’t come back. I took a pregnancy test five times, but the result is negative. I’m really worried about my situation. Hope you can help me regain my menstrual cycle back to normal.

    • Dear Mary Jean,

      I am sorry this has been your experience.

      While the suggestions offered here may be helpful, consider reaching out to the makers of the product you took to learn what may have caused this, or if this is a common occurrence with this product.

      Rapid weight loss can effect the menstrual cycle. Being underweight and likewise being overweight can impact conception.

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance. A foundational way to do this is Fertility Cleansing. Beyond this consider the tips offered in our article 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period, specifically Step 2 on.

      I hope all this information is helpful!

  19. Hi,
    I’m 17 and after losing 10kg in approximately 6 months, my periods stopped. I have only had one, about 4 months ago, in the space of a year.
    I now eat very healthily and normally and am at a healthy BMI of 19.
    I am kind of worried. I really want my periods back so that I can put my past behind me. Please help!! What can I do?

    • Dear Atalanta,

      Congratulations on supporting your overall health and maintaining a healthy BMI!

      We recommend anyone interested in natural therapies under the age of 18 work with a natural health care practitioner in conjunction with their medical doctor. As a teen, you are still developing in many ways, including hormonally. We cannot suggest our products because there are too many changes taking place in your developing body. Visit the article Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices to learn more.

  20. Hi,
    I’m 25 years old and my period is very light for the past 6 months. Though my menstruation is irregular from the start, I’m still worried why last January 2015 my period is one day only and it is very light and up to now March 2015 my period doesn’t returned. What shall I do? Please help.. I’m not pregnant anyway!

    • Dear Angela,

      Irregular menstruation can be the result of a variety of issues from stress, dietary deficiencies, low body weight, getting off of birth control pills, to hormonal imbalance, peri-menopause, or other underlying fertility health issues. This article offers suggestions for how to naturally support the return of healthy menstruation.

      If interested in personalized guidance on the best natural therapy program for your fertility health needs, I would suggest a Fertility Consultation with our fertility herbalist.

  21. I am 12 years old. I am not getting my period and my friends have their period. What will I do now?

  22. I had my last cycle in September of 2014. I took an emergency contraceptive in August, got a very light period in September, but haven’t had a cycle since. I went to my doctor’s appointment last week and got put on birth control, but still no period or any signs of it. It really depresses me not having it, I am fearing I can not become pregnant anytime in the near future. Please help!

  23. I had a surgical abortion in October 2014, it’s now February 2015 and I’m not pregnant, but my periods have not returned. What can I do to help them? Is this normal?

  24. Hello! I stumbled upon this website searching for information to get my cycle back. I am 24 years old and almost 9 months post-Partum, and currently breastfeeding. My plan is to wean at 1 year. Anyway, I would really love for my fertility to return, we would like to have our kids close in age. Do you have any recommendations for me. Do you know if taking my prenatal vitamin daily (I have not been taking it due to my forgetfulness) will help my cycle return? I am around our son all the time because I have the privilege of being a stay at home mom, so he does eat at the breast and not from a bottle. I welcome any advice you can give me… Thanks in advance!

  25. Hi! You have lots of VERY helpful information for us ladies who would like to conceive
    a little one, including for a bit older age women also. God bless you and your website
    for lovingly giving us extremely simple information. Thanks!

  26. Hi! I am 23 years old and I have not had a period since two months ago. Can you suggest why?

    • Dear Sanchita,

      I have to ask, could you be pregnant?

      Gaining or losing weight quickly, changes in exercise routines, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, stopping or starting hormonal birth control, stress, and even travel can impact menstrual cycle timing.

      I am not able to know for you why menstruation has stopped. Might the guidance offered in this reply and this article help you pinpoint any life events for you that may be contributing? Your healthcare provider will also be able to do testing to help you understand any potential contributors.

  27. Hi Elizabeth!

    I am 20 years old and desire to resume menstruating. I have been on birth control for 6-7 years and have recovered from an eating disorder within the past three years. I have been off of the pill for three months, eat a healthy diet, and try to exercise daily (Pilates and strength). However, my period has not returned yet, but I have experienced extreme PMS symptoms (worse than when I was on the pill) twice already. What do you recommend that I do to get my period back, as I do intend to have a family once I get married?

  28. Hi!
    I’m 37 years old and my period has vanished. I’m going on 11 months with out a menstrual cycle. What should I do? I know it is not normal.

    • Dear Toyin,

      Thank you for reaching out to us via email and here!

      Have you considered consulting your healthcare provider? He or she will best be able to help you understand why your period has stopped. He/she is able to run tests – hormone levels, thyroid function, etc. – and perform physical examinations to investigate for any fertility health issues that may be contributing to the absence of menstruation.

      While the guidance in this article can be considered, it may help to understand what exactly is causing this for you as you contemplate the best plan for you.

      Take care!

  29. Hello,
    I haven’t had a real period since April 2014. I get spotting ones for a few days a month. I get a little cramp from them, but nothing like I used to. My period has never been normal. I work 2 jobs and just moved June 2014. I do have a lot of stress, but I try to relax. Is there anything I can do to help get things back on track?

  30. Hello There!
    I have been on birth control since age 12; I am now 24 years old. Over the years the dose of estrogen had to be monitored and increased or switched due to the effects on producing migraines and a small scare with cancer. After making the decision to go hormone free a few months ago; I am now on the paragaurd – the copper IUD. The issue is that its been over 6 months now and I have only gotten my period once in that time. I understand it takes time after being on the pill for so long, but after 6 months I would have thought my body would have adjusted by now. I am seeking any advice on the possible herbs I could take, if it would be recommended, to finally feel normal again.

    • Dear Karli,

      I am sorry you do not feel normal and aren’t seeing as quick of a rebound as you would have liked.

      Consider taking time to read our article How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control for guidance (Note: Step 4, abdominal or fertility massage, is not advised when an IUD is in place). There are gentle, effective natural therapies to help bring your body back into balance for women who stop hormonal birth control.

      I hope this is helpful!

  31. Hello, i have not received my period over two years now. I just currently turned 19 about 4 months ago. I started having my period around middle school in my early teens, however, it was irregular which i knew was normal. It then got regular in the begin ins of high school, but that lasted at least a year. After that, it started getting more irregular and i got my period less and less. In these past two years i probably have gotten my period only twice and i am scared because a lot of people tell me it is bad and also that i will not be able to have kids.

    i would like to ask for advice about this or what might be the cause of me not getting my period at all anymore.

    • Dear Alma,

      It is healthy to have a menstrual period monthly. There can be a variety of factors that lead to the absence of menstruation from stress, poor nutrition, being over or underweight, even travel and of course hormone imbalance. It is going to be best for you to visit a doctor or naturopathic doctor who can run hormone tests and perform a physical examination to help you learn what has led to you having an absent period.

      As you go through testing, consider Self Fertility Massage which is discussed in this article and starting to follow a Fertility Diet.

      Please reach out to us again when you determine what is contributing to this for you and we will do our best to support you further.

      Best wishes!

  32. Hi, I am 41, I had a healthy baby boy at 20. Then was on BC up until Sept 2013 and have been having 27-34 days cycles since, up until now, I am at 68 days without a period. I went to the doctor and my FSH was pretty high & LH was a bit high also, and she just didn’t really believe there was anything I could do. I typically eat pretty healthy and have been taking Rainbow Light Prenatal MV for over a year now. I would like to regulate my body and hormones to get pregnant again. I started taking Vitex, drinking detox teas, and added Dong Quai & Black Cohosh to my daily diet yesterday. Any suggestions on where I should start? Am I overdoing it?

    • Dear Andra,

      Hormonal fluctuations, stress, losing or gaining weight, nutritional levels and even travel can have an impact on the menstrual cycle. I encourage you to learn more about FSH Levels and Your Fertility. You will learn what having high levels of FSH means and how to best support healthy levels and the endocrine system.

      Vitex can be taken with Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, a prenatal multivitamin and even detox teas. What are these detox teas? Do they target the liver? Liver health is instrumental in hormonal balance. One way to support liver health and in turn hormone balance, as well as what we feel is a foundational step when naturally supporting fertility health, is through Fertility Cleansing.

      Can you share more information about the teas that you are drinking now?

      I hope to hear back from you!

    • Hello Elizabeth. Thank you for your response. Yes, the teas are for supporting Liver and Kidney function. Teas from Yogi & Traditional Wellness brands. I have lost a bit of weight recently (14 lbs lost…I weight 150 now) and I had been doing a hot yoga class which before I started I was still having my period. I found it a bit stressful on my body. I am thinking about starting to take Tribulus, Maca and Royal Jelly also to support my body also. It seems like a lot but I really am not ready to give up on my dream of a baby with my current partner. I know everyone is different, but is there a period of time when I should start seeing my body react to the herbs and cleansing I am doing?

    • Hello Andra!

      You are welcome! Thank you for sharing more information. I believe the teas you are drinking can be taken with all of the supplements you are on.

      I am glad you stopped hot Yoga. When was this? It seems as though this form of Yoga may have been too much for your menstrual cycle health. There are Fertility Yoga poses that are supportive of reproductive system health, but strenuous, excessive exercise can make trying to conceive difficult.

      Regarding Fertilica Tribulus, Maca and Royal Jelly, they can be combined with Fertilica Vitex and Dong Quai and Black Cohosh. It is however my suggestion that because this feels and seems like a lot to take all together, that it may be best to stick with what you are doing now for a minimum of three cycles to give the herbs a chance to support you and/ or consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist to be guided in the best natural therapy program for your needs through a Fertility Consultation.

      A natural therapy worth considering as well is Self Fertility Massage.

      All the best!

  33. Hi! I am 40 years old and stopped having my period since March 2014. I started going through the hot and cold flashes at the age of 38. I have never had kids, but I want to have kids. I have high cholesterol and am getting the vitamin b12 shot once a month, and have low hormones. What do I need to do to get my periods back so I can have kids please?

    • Dear Brenda,

      I am sorry you have been faced with this challenge!

      Have you had your hormone levels tested to know why this is happening for you? Have you entered menopause? Given what has led to the absence of menstruation, you may need to work with a doctor who can monitor hormonal balance and help you understand your options.

      I am not sure herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies alone will be all that you need to consider. I just don’t know enough about your fertility health to properly guide you.

      If you would like to share more about your fertility health, please do and I will assist you as best as I can.

      All the best!

  34. I recently went for a full physical. All my results came back normal and all hormone levels are fine. I have not had a period in six months though. What can I do go regulate my cycle naturally. I would like to plan for a family soon. I am 31. This is bothering me a lot. Please advise me. Thanks

    • Dear Silpa,

      I am sorry this is causing such concern.

      Have you recently been under high levels of stress, traveled, lost or gained weight, and are you exercising regularly? Each of these can have an impact on having a healthy, regular menstrual cycle.

      There are herbs and natural therapies discussed in this article for supporting a healthy, regular menstrual period can be considered. Take time to review this portion of the article.

      If you wish for personalized guidance from our master fertility herbalist, consider a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation you will receive a diet, lifestyle and natural therapy program best suited for your fertility health needs.

      It would be great to hear back from you!

  35. Hi!
    I’m 18 years old and my period has vanished. I’m going on 5 months with out a menstrual cycle. What should I do? I know it is not normal.

    • Dear Corinna,

      It may be best to first speak with your healthcare practitioner about what might be leading to this for you. While there are natural therapies that have proven to be supportive of hormone balance and a regular, healthy menstrual cycle, it is best to know the root cause of the issue.

      Given this started for you before you were 18, we cannot suggest our products first and alone because there are too many changes taking place in your developing teen body.

      I hope you are able to speak with your doctor or natural healthcare practitioner for further guidance.

      Best wishes!

    • The same thing happened to me when I was 18 (I’m 21). Instead of having a regular menstrual cycle, I spot for weeks and sometimes months. I’ve had 2 menstrual cycles since then and I just came off my second one Jan 3 2015. When it first started happening, I talked to my pediatric doctor about it and she told me it could be due to stress from high school, and she told me I could have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). She told me that I needed to find a gynecologist to figure out what’s wrong. I still haven’t gone because I honestly was enjoying not having a cycle, but now I kind of miss having them. I’ll go when I get the chance & you do the same. Hope everything comes out alright!

  36. I just don’t get how women in unprivileged areas far from healthy balanced diets and most of what is required to have periods and high fertility rates can fall pregnant with no effort required, but me, for example, who tries to tick every box to having a normal cycle or falling pregnant can’t seem to. I just don’t get it. I mean, I take so much care of myself, but can’t fall pregnant, but the person who doesn’t care and doesn’t want to have babies gets them.

    • Dear Faith,

      Each and every woman is so completely different. No two are faced with the exact same challenges, triumphs, life circumstances, emotions, etc. no matter where they live, what they eat, how long they’ve been married, how much money they have, etc. I know you know this! I am so sorry you have had to be challenged so much on your journey toward fertility health and becoming a mother. I send a virtual hug!

      Have you considered working one on one with a fertility herbalist – someone you can share your fertility health history, deepest concerns and emotions with; someone with an impartial eye to look at that which you have tried and are currently doing to see if there may be an area of your diet or lifestyle to consider changing to benefit you even more? It may be time to do so if not! I feel as though this personal connection may be helpful for you. Consider, if you wish, learning more about our Fertility Consultations.

      While you consider a Fertility Consultation, it may also help look in a mirror and to tell yourself that you a beautiful unique woman. You are! You have every bit of control over your thoughts, it may also help to learn how to avoid Fertility Jealousy – Ways to Stop Comparing Your Story to Others.

      Peace to you as you continue on your journey!

  37. I’m 31 years old. I had been trying to find out what is causing me to not have a period for almost 3 months. But before all this came into play I was on the birth control shot for a month to get my periods back regular. Now it has been almost 3 months and still no period or a sign of a period. I haven’t even had any cramping, but have had a lot of bloating. I have took multiply of pregnancy tests and not pregnant. I don’t know what to do about this situation. Can someone please give me some advice on what to do?

  38. Hi Elizabeth
    I am 26 years old and have always been regular with my cycle both on and off the contraceptive pill. In December 2011 I was exercising heavily, had a stressful job and lost my period. I stopped the pill and went to the doctor. They took pregnancy tests all of which came back negative. The doctor said the periods would return in time. One year later end 2012 they stated back sporadically. Since November 2013 I have been regular from 32-38day cycles. I have not had the pill since 2012. My partner and I have been discussing the possibilities of children in the near future. Is it unusual to have 32-38day cycles and would this have any impact on being able to conceive? Thank you

    • Hello Sophia!

      How wonderful that your body has seemed to regulate on its own. We often get asked what an ideal period is. Unfortunately there is no one answer to this question because as women we are all different.

      The usual range of a healthy cycle is between 21 and 35 days. Some women will have cycles that are very different from this, but as long as there is a pattern, regularity, a healthy body and the follicular phase is between 12-14 days there should be no cause for concern.

      The information that is most important about your cycle is the length of your period (3-5 days respectively), the length of your entire cycle, the amount of pain (very little or better yet none), the color (bright red) and consistency of the menstruation (free from clots and gentle flow versus water or thick).

      I am not certain that a 32-38 day cycle is cause for concern if you are seeing this consistency.

      I wish you and your partner well!