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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.