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!

PCOS

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

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…

Summary

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.

References:
– 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: http://www.ijcrar.com/vol-2-2/S.Sasikumar,%20et%20al.pdf
– Hudson, T. (2008). Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Retrieved from: http://drtorihudson.com/general/endocrine-health/pcos/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos/
– 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/jcem.77.2.8345054

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  1. Hi there,
    im having irregular periods since i was 16 up to now that i am 25 yrs old. My partner and I were trying to conceive for 2 yrs now but unfortunately we failed several times. Ive been to my OB gyne and had check up. I under go pap smear and TVS ultasound to check. Do you have any suggestion or ways to regulate my period and to conceived and get pregnant?

  2. Hi there
    I was on the pill from 17 for irregular periods with flooding (now i’m 25)
    I was treated a year ago for severe cervical erosion -the gyno said it was the worst erosion she had seen.
    I decided last year to go off the pill (yasmin) and give my body a ‘break’ from the hormones permanently
    I have noticed really alarming symtoms since- my periods are every 10 days. one is light and the other is heavy -I have no sex drive whatsoever and my breasts are feeling saggier.
    I am really at my wits end. I am newly engaged and planning a wedding…however this is really affecting my relationship.
    i’m taking maca root, evening primrose oil and rhodial essence.
    please please any help would be great

    • Dear Emer,

      I’m sorry for all your are dealing with! Stopping birth control can be quite the shock to the body.

      Maca and Evening Primrose are great and I can imagine Rhodiola essence (if a flower essence) is lovely too. Consider also the tips we share in our guide How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control.

      Your body is working hard to find balance again without the synthetic hormones. This takes time! Trust that the body is able to heal! Know too that your fiance loves you for much more than your period and breast firmness. Be open and honest with him about what you are going through and ask for his support. You will get through this!

      Best wishes!

  3. I had my first period when i was 14 and t was regular until i was about 16, I started missing around 3 to 4 cycles before the next one came along…

    I was given birth control pills which seemed to make the issue worse as they would come after 4-6 months

    I have made changes to my diet and do exercise regularly hoping that would balance everything out, but still nothing seems to be happening… So i dont know what the problem is?

  4. I have my regular menstrual period before when I was 12years old but in this yr I already missed my periods by 3 months and more but sometime when I have my period I didn’t use napkin for my period because it was so light and dark blood I usually used pantyliner, and I have a boyfriend we do intercourse but before my menstruation is normal but this year I experienced irregular period is there a chance that having intercourse with my boyfriend can affect my menstrual cycle? thank you for helping me btw I’m 20 years old

    • Hello Rachel!

      It may help to think about any recent changes in diet and lifestyle that you have made. Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, 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 and length. It’s going to help to first try to pinpoint contributors!

  5. Hi! I was on birth control pills for 10 years which I completely regret! I was fighting a candida yeast overgrowth for 4 months and decided to go off the pill for good. I lost my period, but now it’s been 7 months without a period and I am getting worried. I have a high stress job as a teacher, but I’m trying to relax. I started taking Vitex 2 months ago with no results yet. The good thing that came out of my candida issue was that now I am eating a lot of nutrients. Tons of vegetables and no white sugar or flour. I don’t want to go to the doctor because I don’t want any chemical hormones. I would like to get pregnant soon and it’s frustrating to not have any periods! Any advice?

    • Dear Lisa,

      The other steps shared in this very guide could be considered; a Fertility Cleanse, Fertility Massage, additional herbs like Dong quai or Maca perhaps, regular exercise and yes managing that stress (walking and Fertility Yoga are both wonderful fertility exercises and stress management tools). Consider learning also about an herbal blend called Fem Rebalance.

      It may be most helpful however to consider working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can guide you in the right direction, on the right program, for your specific fertility health needs. This if offered through a Fertility Consultation. Learn more and book a Fertility Consultation here…

  6. I’m off BC after being on it for 10 years (terrible, I know). For 5 mo, I had regular periods. Then they starting fluctuating to 34 days, 28 days, 35 days, then I had a 58 day cycle. After that I had a normal 28 day cycle, then the next period I only spotted for 3 days, & now I’m 4 days late for the next period, assuming it should have come at day 28 after the spotting. During the 58 day cycle, my OB’s nurse asked if I just wanted to get on Clomid (I hear this is a normal offer bc many women don’t want to waste time). I don’t want to do this, but am unsure of what I need to get tested for or how to move forward to see if I’m even ovulating. The worst is just the waiting in between cycles…

    Also…i was a very active gymnast while growing up and didn’t start my period until 18 years old, after I’d stopped the sport…not sure if that puts me in the Primary Amenorrhea category or not.

    • Dear Megan,

      I think our most helpful place to start learning how the body might be supported naturally is our guide
      How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. But before beginning any new herbs or natural therapies, could you be pregnant this cycle?

      In the absence of pregnancy, the tips in the guide linked above may be helpful. Ovulation can be tracked by basal body temperature charting, OPK test strips, even mobile device Apps.

      I’m not certain primary amenorrhea is the case. It may also be helpful to think about whether over the last 5 months, if anything else has changed in your life (along with stopping birth control); have diet, exercise amounts or stress levels changed? Each of these can also impact the timing of the menstrual cycle.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  7. Hi,I’m worried because I haven’t had my period for about 3 months now.The thing is that I stress a lot and I’m a little underweight. Is there something I can do to bring my period back.

    • Dear Jissel,

      Both high stress levels and being underweight could be contributing to menstruation that has stopped. Could you be pregnant? It is important to know this before beginning a natural fertility program. Are you working to manage or change the stress or gain weight? This would be a part of a natural fertility program, so consider the tips we offer in our guides Stress and Your Fertility and Infertility Due to Being Underweight, as well as the tips in this guide.

      I hope this is a helpful start and if it might be most helpful to work one on one with an herbalist, consider a Fertility Consultation.

  8. hii i am samantha
    i am missed periods my last period is 20-09-2016 but this month not getting periods what can i do.

    • Dear Samantha,

      I am required to ask if you might be pregnant. Have you tested for pregnancy?

      In the absence of pregnancy, it’s important to think about what may be causing your period to stop. A variety of factors could be causing this delay in menstruation. Factors like age, hormone imbalance, presence of fertility health issues, being over or underweight (or quickly gaining or losing weight) poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, 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.

      It would be best to ensure you are not pregnant before moving forward with taking anything to remedy this.

  9. I am currently using progesterone cream the last 10 days of my cycle and that works to bring on my period, but could I also use Shatavari daily with that? I feel I am not ovulating.

  10. Hi, I am Asian and my query is that where can I get these herbs and how can I find the common name of these herbs because it is difficult to find them in the market with English and Scientific names. Please help me. I am also suffering from PCOS and I am really worried,

  11. I’m not pregnant and tried a online program based off of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). I submit bbt/PMS/etc. data and the program’s algorithm determined different herbal tinctures I would take during each phase of my cycle. My cycles are normally 27-29 days and ovulation is around CD13-15. This month since being on the program I’m on CD39 and no sign of AF. My bbts in the follicular/luteal phases are off, I had brownish discharge several days after my period & a progesterone blood test confirmed on CD19 that I did not ovulate. I’m extremely concerned and don’t know what to do. I don’t want to take any more herbs since they messed up my period. What can I do to get my period back?

    • Dear Shalar,

      It is definitely worth reaching out to the company you are working with to talk to them about your experience. I am sorry you are worried!

      Some women do experience a shift in their cycle when they first begin using herbs and herbal combination products that have the potential to impact hormone balance. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. Commonly this is known as the body balancing itself out and is completely normal. This could be what is happening for you if you are just on month one of the program. With our programs, we typically cycle shifts work themselves out within 1-3 cycles of using the program.

      Be sure to be eating well and staying hydrated, walking or exercising regularly and consider gentle abdominal massage like fertility massage.

      My best!

    • Thank you so much Elizabeth for your most helpful answer. I did reach out to the program, and they were concerned this happened. They said your cycle could get messed up as your body adjusts to the herbs, but they really couldn’t offer much help. I really wanted my cycle to start, so DH and I could TTC though (especially since I’ll be 37 soon and running out of time). I was on CD 43 and and didn’t know when my period would start. So, I read on another page on your site about Vitamin C. I took 6 grams of Vitamin C daily and my period started after taking this for 3 days. I’m hoping I can get back on track this month and actually ovulate now, since those herbs messed up my cycle royally

    • I’m having a similar issue. I just turned 35. I usually have a cycle of 30-32 days. It is currently 5 days past when I expected it to start. I just took a pregnancy test this morning, so it’s not that. Last month I made the homemade fertility blend from another page on this site (clary sage, sweet fennel, geranium EO’s) and took it from last month’s AF until the day I was supposed to be ovulating (I’ve been using ovulation strips). I have also been using a Young Living blend called Progessense Plus (to regulate hormones), a maca supplement and just a week ago I added in vitex. I felt like I had a pretty “regular” cycle before, so this seems kind of messed up. Did yours ever return?

    • Dear Rena G.,

      Thank you for sharing your story with Shalar. She will not get a direct message that you replied, but may check her post for replies and be able to reply to you.

      I wanted to also share that some women experience a cycle shift when they first begin using herbs that have the potential to impact hormone balance, like Vitex and Maca. In the absence of pregnancy, this may be what has happened this cycle. The length of the menstrual cycle may shorten or lengthen temporarily before it finally stabilizes. Commonly this is known as the body balancing itself out and is completely normal.

  12. Elizabeth I need your help on this:
    My cycle used to be 28 days before i turned 35 years old, then it changed to 25 days until now at 40 years old. I am 40 years old now and have started to have delays with my period. Last month my period delayed and came after 29 days, freaked out that it was not gonna come. I am still single not married and no children yet but i need to have children in future. What should i use to keep my periods coming until i marry and have children. please help.

    • Dear Lisa,

      The menstrual cycle can gradually begin to shift around the age of 35 and after. While alarming for some, it is actually rather normal. This does not mean conception can not happen, or indicate infertility. So, try not to worry!

      Our guide Preparing for Conception Over 40 is going to a helpful place to start learning the best natural therapies to consider to reserve and maintain fertility health.

      My best!

  13. For the past two (2) years now i have not see my menstruation, i went to hospital to run virginal swab & culture test but there was no growth found (no evident of infections), after that i went for pelvic scan and the result was: no fibroid seen, uterus intact, no evidence of fluid collection in sponge of Douglas, no ovarian cyst, no PID and there was no pregnancy. Please i need help to gain back my menstruation.

    • Dear Favour,

      It may be time to seek the support of a specialist, perhaps a reproductive endocrinologist, who can run a full hormone panel (hormone level testing), evaluate thyroid and pituitary gland health, adrenal health… run more in-depth testing taking into account the testing/scans you have already had done. After that, if you wish for a more natural approach to helping the body return to balance, a natural fertility program could be created to offer support.

      As you seek a specialist to work with, do consider beginning to follow a Fertility Diet, moderate daily exercise, and learning more about natural therapies like Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Therapy.

      My best!

  14. Hi Elizabeth

    I’m 25, have a BMI of 17.8 (a bit thin), and I am having irregular periods. My cycles are up to 36 days long, and my periods last only two days and are much lighter than they have been up till the beginning of this year. I’m also getting pimples all over my cheeks, sometimes around my mouth and occasionally along my jaw. I’m experiencing a lot of fatigue, sore breasts, and anxiety. I do have epilepsy, so not sure if this is the cause of the fatigue and anxiety. I am taking a homeopathic remedy for adrenal fatigue, as a few months ago, tests revealed somewha high cortisol levels. However, I have not yet had my sex hormones tested.Should I be worried about potential PCOS?thanks

  15. Hello,
    I am suffering with PCOS since 2.5yrs and also I had absent periods when this PCOS started. I was married 4.5 yrs ago but before marriage I had irregular cycles and some time I had regular cycles (28days cycle) when I lost my weight. I was consulting gynecologist they asked me to loose weight. Right now am concentrating on weight loss since it helps me to in controlling PCOD and hope I may get regular menstrual cycles. my LMP was on july 5th until now I didn’t get my period. According to my nutritionist suggestion I was taking hibscus tea daily. Does it help in getting my period naturally?
    Are there any other ways to push back period naturally?

    • Dear Deeps,

      How great that you are working to lose weight and seeing a nutritionist!

      PCOS is a complex endocrine system disorder in which the coordination of the production of and delivery of hormones to where they need to go within the body isn’t happening properly.

      Consider learning important information in this article titled How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs.

      It is important to support your body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion all of which you will learn how to do in the article above.

  16. Hi, 2 years ago I suffered from anorexia, and my body weight dropped from 56 kg to 40 in less than 2 months. Now I’m on the road to recovery, but my periods have not come for the past two years unless I take birth control pills. Is there any diet that you would recommend I have to make sure that all the food I eat gave sufficient nutrients in them for me to get my periods back? I’m really really worried that my periods will never come back. Perhaps could you provide me with a one-day meal plan to let me get a rough idea of what I should be eating in one day? I have portion distortion, which makes me think that I’m eating more of what I really am eating. Please help me thank you!

    • Dear Joy,

      I am so glad to hear you are on the road to recovery!

      I think we offer exactly the support you are asking for in our guide titled Infertility Due to Being Underweight (menstruation is part of fertility health, so please don’t the word ‘infertility’ in the title scare you).

      It may also be helpful to work one on one with a fertility herbalist, someone to listen to all you’ve been through and offer personalized support. If interested, consider a Fertility Consultation.

      All my best!

  17. Hi, I am 35 years old and have secondary amenorrhea. I only get periods from birth control or provera. I was diagnosed with PCOS a while back. I have had multiple blood tests in the past year that all indicate that both my estrogen and progesterone are low. I’m currently taking maca (2000mg a day) and Vitex (400 mg twice daily) and also took tribulus 300-400mg from CD5-14. (I don’t have a cycle so I chose a random day for CD5) And I was considering taking shatavari, as I’ve read that it helps to balance estrogen levels. Is there anything else I should take, and are all these herbs safe to take together? Please let me know, I’ve been trying to conceive for a couple years now. Thank you

  18. I stop taking birth last may 2016 and i didn’t have my menstruation in june but i had a pregnancy test but it is negative and until now for this august i dont have menstruation again but i do pregnancy test and its negative again. I hope you can help me

  19. i have just found I have pco and my doctor has said that its not bad as pcos and I had 5 miscarriages and a stillborn last year I have got the all clear from the doctor saying im alright to try again but I aint had any periods since march and I have told my gyn and she don’t care is there anything I can do to geet pregnant fast as my eggs is got a low amount and im scared I will never get the chance to have a normal pregnancy before its too late

    • Dear Helen,

      I am very sorry for your losses and what you have been through!

      Are the absent periods related to the PCO? This can happen. While PCO is not the same as PCOS, in each multiple follicles often presenting as a chain of cysts are viewed on one or both ovaries. PCOS however is determined when there is a metabolic component involved.

      Those with PCO, can consider learning the tips suggested in our guide How to Help Ovarian Cysts Naturally and Safely with Herbs and Supplements….

      It may be most helpful however to consider working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can guide you in the right direction, on the right program, for your specific fertility health needs through a Fertility Consultation.

  20. Hi, I am 31 years old and my cycle has been irregular since I got it at 11 or 12. There were times in my twenties when I didn’t get it for years and at my yearly I was always told that I was fine. I was on birth control to regulate it and stopped because I did not want to put that poison into my body anymore. Now I am married and we are planning to have kids in about a year or year and a half, but my cycle is again MIA. Do you honestly recommend rejuvaflow alone or take that in conjunction with another herb like vitex? Thanks for any input.
    Also, I am transition to a vegan diet and mainly purchasing organic or non-gmo food items.

  21. Hi, I’m 19 and i did not have my period for almost 3 months now! I had my bf before and we broke up! We had sex before we broke for and it almost a month ago since we broke up and I’m delayed for almost 3 months now! I’m afraid it what possible to happen! What will i do?

    • Dear R,

      I am sorry you are worried! It will be best to test for pregnancy before beginning any program, natural or medical to help menstruation return.

      There could be a variety of factors causing a delay in menstruation… stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes) like the stress of a breakup, hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, recent dietary changes, levels of hydration, age, weight loss or gain, changes in exercise routines and even travel can all impact menstrual cycle timing. It may also help to think about if any of these factors could be why.

      In the absence of pregnancy, the tips in this guide could be considered.

  22. Hello!
    How much of Black Cohosh should i use to try to get my period back? Tea or capsules? How much of each per day? Thank you!

  23. I am 27 years and I haven’t had my period in a year and a couple months. My first period started at 11. I’ve been with the same partner since 2010.We were very active and we’ve used Plan B a couple times. I believe that has contributed to the stop of my period.I also did gain some weight last and this year. I went from 125 -150. I do exercise. I put a stop to every sexual activities and it’s been 6 months since. I’ve never been on any contraceptive pill or patch. I’ve made an appointment to see my pcp and everything shows normal. I want to try rejuvaflow to see if this helps. I’m not married and have no kids, i don’t want this to be a future problem. Can you please help me? Thank You

    • Hello L!

      I’m sorry you are concerned! It is my understanding that fertility can return to normal rather quickly after using the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill. I have also read that its use can cause changes in the menstrual cycle including a delay its return (this is a side effect listed on the maker’s website). It is not common for its use to lead to prolonged amenorrhea though. This would be something to ask a pharmacist.

      There could potentially be a variety of factors causing this delay in menstruation; hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, age, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), rapid weight gain (or loss), changes in exercise routines and even travel can all impact menstrual cycle timing.

      Along with beginning to follow a Fertility Diet, the suggestions in this very guide could be considered.

  24. Hi, I’m 25 soon to be 26 and my period is just all over the place. I usually get it every month and use an app to track it but its almost never “on time” . This month it was 10 days late. I went to my Gyno back in May and he did an ultra sound and diagnosed me with a “mild case of PCOS”. He prescribed the pill which I didn’t want to take but decided to try it for a month. Now it did seem to work but the side effects were not good and I decided to come off it. Now I’ve been reading up on natural ways to regulate my period and have come across Maca, I don’t think I saw you mention it so I’m wondering if that would be something you recommend and if not why. Thank you.

    -Crystal

    • Dear Crystal,

      Maca is known to be supportive of estrogen and progesterone balance, making it one useful tool to consider for supporting a healthy menstrual cycle. We share about Maca and much more in our guide to How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs. Do consider reading that! It shares all about the importance of supporting the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion. Each of these areas important to address with PCOS.

      I hope this is helpful!

  25. Hi, I’m 18. Me and my boyfriend are having intercourse once a week. I already missed 3 consecutive cycles. But my tummy’s not bloating. Last month, on the supposedly week of my cycle, only white discharge is all I see. And there’s a little something jelly like solid red blood. I don’t feel anything wrong with my body. In fact I’m making myself gain weight. My mens should be starting this day. Please help me. 🙂 Thank you..

    • Dear JAM,

      It would be best to test for pregnancy before starting any herbs, supplements or natural therapies to help your period return. If pregnancy has not happened, the suggestions in this guide could be considered, or consider working one on one with a fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation to receive support in creating the best natural therapy program for your specific needs.

  26. Hi,
    I’m 23 years old and i had my menstruation last month for 4days after missing almost 2yrs of menstruation. I haven’t been engage in any sexual activities just incase you ask 🙂 This month I waited for the time of my menstruation but i guess im gonna miss this month also 🙁 can you pls help me on what to do to make my menstruation cycle normal? pls? thank you.

  27. Hi there,

    this may be a silly question but . . . . .
    today i began my first period since early 2014 (super exciting), my partner and i are hoping to have children and do not want to miss the opportunity or risk my menstrual cycle leaving again. is it safe to begin trying straight away or is it best to wait for a few cycles (3 cycle rule) to make sure my body is syncing correctly?

    thanks 🙂

    • Dear Char,

      There are no such things as silly questions! 🙂

      This, I think, is a personal decision. Why is this the first period you’ve had in 2+ years? What led to its absence and how did you support its return? How is your overall health? Have you been naturally supporting your fertility health in preparation for this day? Following the tips in this guide perhaps?

      I can’t know if trying to conceive is “safe” given only what is shared here. The 3-cycle “rule” really isn’t a rule, rather a suggestion because we know that the cycle of an egg is 90 days, or roughly 3 months or menstrual cycles (click that link to learn more). We also know that natural therapies take some time to be effective. In general our clients begin to see the effects of the natural fertility programs they are on around that 3 cycle time period (some quicker of course).

      So, all my best as you begin trying to conceive or prepare over the next few cycle to begin ttc!

    • Please help me with something that bring your period back, am struggling to see the period

    • Dear CALM Girl,

      Char may not see this or be qualified to (or comfortable with) making a suggestion to you. Please consider the suggestions made in this guide or a Fertility Consultation for personalized individual support from a Fertility Herbalist on our team.

  28. Hi, I am 26 years old and have been ttc for the past year and a half with no success. i started with Vitex in October 2015 and had a normal period until January 2016. Then it stopped in February and March and then came back in April, May and still haven’t seen it for June. Its just so depressing i just want it to be normal so i can start a new cycle fresh. Im not even sure if im ovulating but my Dr said the vitex should help with this…Help!!!!!! i dont know what else to do. I was reading about Maca thinking of trying it out.

    • Dear Shanda,

      I am required to ask if there is a chance you could be pregnant now?

      Fertilica Maca is a wonderful fertility superfood and it is complementary to Fertilica Vitex. Whether this is all you will need to return your body back to balance, I can not be sure given I know so little about your fertility and overall health. It would be best to consider working one on one with a Fertility Herbalist with whom you can share the details of your fertility overall health in order to receive a personalized natural fertility program. Consider learning more about a Fertility Consultation here…

  29. Hello,
    I’m currently 29 years old, I’ve been on oral contraceptive BC for the last 10 years. I stopped taking oral contraceptive BC in August 2015. Since stopping the birth control pill, I have not got my period (it’s been about 9 months). My husband and I are going to be TTC in a few months. My OB/GYN had me take Provera to get my period back, but that was unsuccessful. I used to exercise a lot and have a fairly low body weight, but I have recently cut back on running to hopefully gain some more body fat. I eat a healthy diet of mostly whole foods.
    I was reading your website and was thinking of starting Rejuva Flow, Vitex, and Maca to help balance my hormones and hopefully get my body ready to get pregnant. Do you suggest taking all 3, or should I just stick to one? Thanks!

  30. I’m 19 years old, and haven’t had a period for three years now. I might have waited a bit too long, but have sort of forgotten it with time because I’ve gotten so used to not having periods. I’ve been to the doctor, taken many blood tests, been to the gynaecologist, taken MRI of the hypophysis… but nothing of this have helped me find an answer to why I lost my periods or how I can get it back again. When the gynaecologist told me to start on the pill, I didn’t because that’s not a natural way of getting periods and does not fix my problems. I feel I eat a lot like the fertility diet, except meat, although I eat fish sometimes. I could start on iron supplements. Do you have any other ideas?

    • Dear Julie,

      The tips suggested in this article could be considered, the herbs and abdominal massage with Self Fertility Massage. Stress levels, weight, nutrition and how hydrated you stay, thyroid health, amounts of exercise (or being sedentary) can all impact the body’s ability to naturally menstruate.

      It may be best to work one on one with a natural healthcare practitioner who can help you evaluate all of the above areas and know what natural therapies may best benefit you. Our fertility herbalists offer this support through a Fertility Consultation.

  31. Hello,
    I’m 19 years old and my periods have always been irregular (every 1-3 months) but this past year I haven’t gotten my period for over nine months. I recently went to a gynecologist and they didn’t really help me much. I’m a virgin, so they did not do any internal exams but just said it was normal for people my age to be irregular and they put me on the birth control pill. I’d rather go natural as the pill has had undesirable side effects. Should I attempt to try some of these herbs instead of the pill? Is it okay to take a few different kinds at a time?

    • Dear Victoria,

      The goal of our programs is to support the body in re-learning balance and/or supporting balance when fertility issues are present. The great part about herbs, supplements and natural therapies is that they often work wonders in doing this given commitment to dietary and lifestyle change is made as well.

      If you no longer with for the side effects of horomonal birth control, the herbs to promote regular menstrual cycles detailed in this guide and natural therapy Self Fertility Massage could be considered along with regular, moderate exercise and eating a Fertility Diet. After stopping birth control, a Fertility Cleanse could be considered as a starting point. Learn why fertility cleansing is important here…

      We also just published an article you may appreciate, What To Do If You Have Irregular Periods.

      I hope this information is all helpful!

  32. i missed my periods from 2months i am unmarried and have no sex at all kindly suggest me something.

    • Hello Hina!

      It is going to be important to determine what might be contributing to this absent period for you. Think about whether:
      – you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight
      – you have changed your exercise routine to be very active or the opposite, sedentary
      – diet has changed… Are you eating a whole food nutrient-dense diet?
      – stress may be a factor… Heavy, chronic stress can impact the menstrual cycle.
      – there may be an underlying health issue or fertility health issue causing an absent period
      – any new nutritional supplements or herbs you started may be helping the body relearn balance

      If any of these factor are at play for you and you wish to address them naturally, let us know or consider booking a Fertility Consultation in order to work one on one with our fertility herbalist who can create with you a natural fertility program focused on period health.

  33. hy my name is iqra i am 20 and its about 1 year ago i have periods and till now there is no periods i also consult my gynecologist and it was because of my damaged hormones what can ido for regulate my menstrual cycle with home made medicines like green tea or something plz tell me i am waiting for ur reply

    • Hi iqra,

      Any of the suggestions in this article may be helpful for you. Many of the herbs suggested help address hormonal imbalances in order to help the body restore menstruation once again. We find our product RejuvaFlow to be helpful for bringing back an absent menstrual cycle, and then after that switching over to an herb like Vitex to help the body menstruate regularly. For further guidance on balancing hormones, please read our guide Restore Hormonal Balance for Improved Fertility.

  34. my periods stop im 48 year old and trying to get pregnet what should I do

  35. Hello, i’m 17 and i was wondering if you could help. I didn’t have have my period for 5 months and it happened to come back in the middle end of January and its started up again on the fifth or sixth if February. But it hasn’t stopped, so far its been going on for about 8 days. Is my period just trying to go back to normal by “catching up” those 5 months that it didn’t happen, and i know it was due to stress cause of school and home. Please get back to me as soon as possible! thank you 🙂

    • Hi Sebrina,

      You must be really worried! Thank you for contacting us. It sounds like it is time to get in to see your gynecologist, just to see why your menstrual cycle is so irregular. Because you are under 18, I cannot advise any herbs via the internet, but if you are interested in a more natural approach, you could always have your mom or a close female relative book you an appt. with an Naturopathic Doctor or certified herbalist. This article may also help point you in the right direction: Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices

      Best Wishes!

  36. Hi,
    I’m 22 and I haven’t gotten my period in 5-6 months. I exercise regularly, but not above and beyond a healthy normal (35-90 minutes a day of pilates, biking, or jogging).
    I got my first period at age 12, and it was fairly regular until I turned 17. Granted I did loose a good amount of weight at that time – about 20 pounds – due to getting taller, high school stress, and cutting out junk food.
    So, since I was 17 my periods have been random and sporadic (sometimes once every month, sometimes once every 3 months.). But this is different…to be honest, I don’t remember the exact month of my last period, and it may have been sometime last April of 2015. I’d love any advice!
    Thanks,
    Han

    • Dear Hannah,

      It would be helpful to know what your diet is like, take a look at your BMI and know current stress levels ~ a bit more about you. Are there any underlying health issues that may be contributing? Each of these areas can impact the menstrual cycle.

      Talk to your doctor about determining an underlying cause and evaluating hormone levels, and ovarian, thyroid and pituitary health. As a place to start, consider the suggestions in this article about eating a whole food diet including plenty of essential fatty acids and healthy cholesterol, learning to manage stress and the use of the natural therapy Self Fertility Massage.

      If you are interested in using herbs or having one on one support in creating a natural menstrual health program, consider working with our fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation. She will take into account the entirety of your health to designed the program specifically for your needs.

  37. Hi, I’m 16.
    I had my 1st period at 11. I wasn’t very athletic, but in 7th grade I started running 3ish miles a day. I started running professionally and became really good. I’ve been running 5-6 miles everyday for years now.
    For a couple years now my periods have been very irregular. They would be late a lot, i would miss a few here and there, the blood would be brown & really weird. I used to have a heavy flow but after beginning running it became lighter. Now it’s completely absent for the last 2-3 months straight. I haven’t grown at all since 6th grade- I’m getting shorter.
    I’m stressed all the time, so that’s also a possibilty.
    I dont know what to do, can you please help?

    • Dear Rina,

      I am sorry you are so concerned!

      There could potential be a variety of factors causing this delay in menstruation. Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition, dietary changes, levels of hydration, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), weight loss and extreme exercise routines can all impact menstrual cycle timing.

      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 the teen developing body. The article Herbs for Teen Reproductive Health: Steps for Healthy Choices will share important steps for moving forward.

      All my best!

  38. Hello! I am 26 years old and until July 2015 I had been on BCP since I was 15. I was married in June of 2015 and stopped taking in July to get familiar with my natural cycle before we began TTC. But I have yet to have a natural period. In October 2015 I reached out to my OB and she gave me 10 days of progesterone – which induced some spotting but it was dark and not like a regular period. I have yet to have any other signs of a period or ovulation since (been charting BBT). My husband and I would very much like to begin TTC in 2016 and I am worried that my body will not be ready. Is this normal? How can I get my body to begin to regulate itself? Thanks for your help!

    • Greetings Rose!

      Many women reach out to us because their periods are absent after stopping hormonal birth control. This can be common especially if birth control was taken for a long time. We have a guide to How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control that may be the best place to start learning natural ways to support the body in achieving hormonal balance in order to have a regular monthly period.

      I hope this is helpful!

  39. Hi there! I am 22 years old and have been TTC for 2.5 years. I no longer have periods. I have hypothyroidism and my RE has diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea, because of my previous low weight. Almost one year ago I began gaining weight and quit exercising, but my cycles have not returned. I have also had 3 failed attempts at IVF. I am considering herbs and supplements as my next step to try to gain back my cycles naturally. Would the rejuvaflow be a good option for me?

    • Dear Alyson,

      RejuvaFlow may not be a good choice for women who have a lack of menstruation due to nutritional deficiencies, elevated or low BMI, or hypothyroidism (the herb Motherwort in RejuvaFlow is not suggested for those with low thyroid function). For these women, a holistic approach to addressing amenorrhea will be best – making adjustments to diet and lifestyle, addressing stress and taking supportive herb and nutritional supplements, as well as using natural therapies (many of which are address is this article).

      Consider rereading the other suggestions (like Vitex) in this article and working one on one with our fertility herbalist to receive a personalized natural fertility program through our Fertility Consultation program.

      All my best!

  40. Hello! I am 27 years old. I recently stopped birth control that was the implant in my arm in Oct.. It is now December and my menstrual cycle has not come back. Any ideas to why not? I was always regular before this cycle. We are ttc, so I’m anxious to know why my cycle has not come back. Any help? thank you!

  41. Hello,
    I just turned 20. My last menstruation period was September 15, 2015.On October, I only had a hard fluid gel blood as my monthly period for just 1 day.Since then I didn’t have my monthly period until now. I do lots of athletics and a lot of running and stretching plus i am very strict on my diet. I am very conscious about my weight so I lose around 400-500 calories per day in gym. Is that the reason why I am not having my monthly periods regularly? Would you please help me in my diet plan and my exercise routine to have my periods back? I don’t want to gain weight and want to have my periods back. I am fearing if I can’t be pregnant in future. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you!

    • Dear Sumnima,

      There could potential be a variety of the factors you listed causing this delay in menstruation. Hormone imbalance, poor nutrition and dietary changes, levels of hydration, stress and changes in stress levels (even minor changes), weight loss, changes in and extreme exercise routines can all impact menstrual cycle timing.

      The very best way to receive the guidance you ask for is to have a Fertility Consultation with an herbalist who can share dietary and exercise tips designed specifically for your fertility health needs and a healthy menstrual cycle.

      As you contemplate this, please learn more about the right amount of healthy exercise for fertility health here… and more about learning how to eat a Fertility Diet, designed to support optimal reproductive health.

      All my best!

  42. i am in live in relation. i am overweight, fatty liver and also PCOD. I am regularly sexually active .i have missed periods since last three months. i took nearly ten pregnancy tests all are negative. i took estryl and progestil this week. what do i do? am i pregnant or is it some other problem. i dont feel any pregnancy symptom and my pcod is bipolar ovarian cystic disorder.please help.

    • Dear Saumya,

      Can you please clarify for me what “bipolar ovarian cystic disorder” is. I know PCOD to also be called PCOS, which are polycystic ovarian disease or syndrome, but I have not heard of “bipolar” ovarian cystic disorder? Does this mean both ovaries are affected?

      In any event, women with PCOD often do not ovulate regularly or at all. This would mean that no matter how regularly sexually active, conception will not happen.

      It is important to support the body in re-learning balance by promoting healthy hormonal balance, a healthy uterine lining, regular ovulation, improved estrogen metabolism, reduced cravings for sweets and improved digestion all of which you will learn how to do in the articles that follow.

      How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs and The PCOS Fertility Diet Tip: Simple Food Choices to Stabilize Blood Sugar

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  43. Hello! I’m 25 and was on birth control from the ages of 15-24. I got married in Sep 2014 and got of birth control March 2015 after a period I had with the birth control. I then got pregnant and was told the first week of May the baby had no growth and I had a miscarriage. I did not have a D&C. I had the miscarriage natural. I started to pass everything on June 9th and the bleeding lasted about 12 days. It is now mid-November and I have not had a period since. I do feel like I am ovulating due to cervical discharge tracking, but no bleeding. I am also not pregnant. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you!

    • Dear Julie,

      I am very sorry for your loss!

      I can be quite common to not have a period after being on birth control. The ovaries have been suppressed for several years and need help “waking up”. Ovulation can still happen without having a period, but the body’s hormones are very likely out of balance and ovulation may not happen regularly.

      Consider reviewing our guide to How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. There are gentle, effective natural therapies to help bring the body back into balance as you prepare for conception and this guide explains those.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  44. Hello,
    I just turned 18 and I had my first period around age 14. It was ok for the first 5 months, but then I started to lose weight because I started doing athletics and a lot of running plus being very strict on my diet. I lost around 10 kg in 2/3 months.

    I am pretty sure this is the reason why I lost my period. I have been visiting many doctors over the past few years and they all said that there is just not enough of something. I also used hormones, but they didn’t help much.

    I also can’t regain my weight now because I am a model. So I have to be extremely skinny. I am so afraid. For how long can I not have periods? Can I even have children? I can’t use hormones now because I am afraid of gaining weight.

    • Dear Trisha,

      I am sorry this is such a concern for you!

      While a woman can still ovulate without having a period, meaning conception could happen, it is not healthy to not menstruate. The female body was created to do so to ensure a healthy uterine lining for healthy implantation of an embryo and pregnancy.

      Being underweight can lead to infertility issues. Eating a healthy diet does not mean you have to gain weight, but the right amount of body fat for your frame is actually important for proper hormone balance.

      It may be most helpful however to consider working one on one with a fertility herbalist who can guide you in the right direction, on the right program, for your specific fertility health needs through a Fertility Consultation. A nutritionist or personal trainer may be able to offer guidance for healthy eating while staying fit as well.

      You deserve to keep your job if you wish to and have a healthy monthly period so you can conceive with ease when the time is right! All my best!

  45. Hi, I’m 26 years old and my last menstruation period was August 18, 2015 & until now almost 3 months after I didn’t have my monthly period. I’m worried, I dont have a boyfriend so being pregnant is not possible. How I can have my monthly period back? Even though I read the article I think I don’t understand. Please help. Thanks 🙂

    • Dear Elena,

      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 potential be a variety of factors.

      Have you considered talking to your healthcare provider to learn why this is happening for you, or does anything on the list above ring true as being of impact lately.

      A foundational step would be to consider fertility cleansing which helps to cleanse the uterus of old blood and tissues while helping the liver to detoxify and metabolize excess hormones, all of which are known to promote a healthy menstrual cycle. Implement a nutrient-dense fertility diet, and consider natural therapies like Self Fertility Massage and Castor Oil Therapy as well. Herbs to bring back the menstrual cycle can be considered as well. Those known to promote menstruation are listed in this article.

      If you are still unsure of where to begin, or how to proceed, please consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist who can lay out an entire natural fertility program for you based on your specific fertility health needs through a Fertility Consultation.

      I hope this is a bit more helpful!

  46. Hello
    I am 43 years old.
    I started my periods when I was 10. They had always been steady and on time.
    At 28 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I had to have surgery to remove the tumor and thereafter underwent chemotherapy. I have been on remission for over 14 years now but my periods have stopped completely. The last time I recall seeing my period was over 5 years ago. Medical science tells me to be grateful that I am alive (and I am!) but is there any natural way that my periods can be restored?

    • Dear Ayo,

      How wonderful that you are in remission! I am so happy for you!

      Chemotherapy and radiation both are among the leading causes of premature ovarian failure (POF) and follicle depletion. Damaged ovaries may not or may stop ovulating and menstruation can stop if ovulation does not happen. A tumor and/or possible damage to the ovary from surgery (even after time passes) can impact ovarian function as well.

      It may be most helpful to first consider hormonal testing and evaluation of ovarian function with your healthcare provider. Even if POF is determined there may be ways to naturally support the body in relearning balance. If you have had testing already and would like further guidance, consider working one on one with our fertility herbalist through a Fertility Consultation. She will help create a holistic natural fertility program based on your specific needs.

  47. Hi there,
    I’m 33 years old. I had 2 kids. Last month my menses came on 13th September and usually last 5 to 7 days. Recently, on the 5th October, I had a really bad PMS, muscle/joint pain, breast pain and the feeling of bloated at my tummy was terrible and I have been passing out gas many times. I had bloated since my last period which was on 16th Sept till now on and off. For the past 5 days I had brown spotting and today my period came but it was so little. What should i do? I’m quite worried. I had regular 30 – 35 days cycle.

    • Dear Lina,

      I am sorry you are worried! Could you have “caught a bug” as they say – be sick?

      If not, 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 potential be a variety of factors contributing. So, think about what the last month has been like, if there are any areas above that have changed that may be impacting your menstrual cycle. There are easy and helpful tips in the article 12 Weeks to Improving Your Period if you feel the need to take action.