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 couple 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.

Natural therapies do not often work as well for women with primary amenorrhea and that is 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. 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) levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle. It is especially important during stage 2 and 4 of a woman’s 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, but some easy to find sources are raw pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds and tahini 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 is the first step in getting your period back!

Being Overweight or Underweight

There is a direct link between anovulation and obesity and those women who are. 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 of the release of 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 a 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 on a menstrual period. Aids in tone, regular function and shedding of the uterine lining. Promotes regulation of the entire menstrual cycle. Helps to calm and support the 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 will stimulate an absant or scanty period. It also nourishes the blood (it is in nearly all Chinese herbal blood-building formulas). Treats iron deficiency and anemia. One of the best uses is it helps women who are not menstruating to invite there menstruation back. The increased circulation also helps to strengthen and balance the uterus.

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 is helps build the blood and increase circulation to the reproductive organs. Overall this herb has excellent hormone balancing support. It also aids in pain reduction and relaxation. White peony moves the blood in the pelvic area, good 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 at least over a year old, but for mothers of older babies who are ready to try to conceive again, but 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 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:
1. http://drtorihudson.com/general/endocrine-health/pcos/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-pcos/
2. Aviva Romm, 2010: Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Churchill Livingstone

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  1. Hi,
    I had baby on 14th Jan 2014 and got my period back on 15th Aug. Now its been two months and I haven’t seen my periods yet. I took pregnancy test and its negative. Before pregnancy I was very regular. I know it takes time to regulate cycle postpartum, but I am worried now. Should I schedule an appointment with my doc or take natural remedies and wait for it? Please help..

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Kushi,

      I am sorry you are concerned. Do you mind a few questions so I can better understand how to help you?

      Are you breastfeeding or pumping to express breastmilk?
      Are you concerned about your irregular menses because you wish to begin trying to conceive again soon?

      After a baby is born, a mother’s hormones shift to support breast milk production which often results in amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation) and even anovulation or irregular ovulation. This makes the menstrual cycle unpredictable.

      I hope this is helpful and to hear back from you.

    • Hi,
      Thanks for your reply. Yes, I am breastfeeding my daughter and I am not planning to conceive in near future. I am just concerned about my cycle. How much time it takes to become regular? Is it ok to wait and how long?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Greeting Kushi!

      I am not certain there is any cause for concern if you are breastfeeding. Some women don’t see a period, let along a normal period (which may be a “new” normal than the period they had before pregnancy) for a few months after they stop breastfeeding.

      If this is causing you stress or the worry is disrupting your lifestyle, please go see your healthcare provider if nothing else to ease your mind.

      My opinion is that right now, try to concentrate on how amazing your body is… you are providing nourishment for another human being. Wow! Then, focus on the normalcy of your period when you stop breastfeeding. Worry not!

      Take care!

  2. For years, my period has been pretty regular (off by a day or two, but nothing out of the ordinary), and over this past summer it has been completely out of whack. Today is October 14, and the start of my last period was August 30. The period dates before that were July 3, and sometime in early June (I can’t remember the actual date). I have taken 2 pregnancy tests, and both came back negative (last time I had sex was mere days before that period). I’m still scared, and don’t know what’s going on. Not sure if my period has been pushed back simply from stress, but I’m freaking out. I have two negative pregnancy tests to say that I’m not pregnant, but where did my period go? So confused, help!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Jessica,

      I am sorry you are so worried!

      Stress levels, diet, changes is weight (either loss or gain), hormone imbalance, exercise routines and even travel can impact the menstrual cycle. Have you had any lifestyle or dietary changes recently?

      Consider as you educate yourself, referring to our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health.

      It is a bit difficult for me to answer your questions based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health. You may want to book a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation, you will submit a comprehensive intake form, including fertility history, your 3 detailed questions and overall goal for your fertility for evaluation by our Master Herbalists. You will then receive a PDF of your program and a live link to an audio recording of your fertility herbalist to save and review as often as you need. Our fertility herbalists need to look at this from a holistic perspective so they can see what it will take to properly bring your body back into balance.

  3. Hi,
    My husband and I are trying for a baby now. I am having PCOS in left ovary and had a clear ovarian cyst removed from my right ovary in 2009. I exercise regularly and follow a strict diet. I am finally getting my periods regularly and its settled for 34-35 day cycle. I don’t know if its a normal period as I never had one. But I think it was heavier this time. Can you suggest any lifestyle changes I need to do in order to increase my fertility? I really want to have babies and getting periods is really depressing! Any suggestion will highly be appreciated.
    Lalitha

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Lalitha!

      Congratulations on making changes that have proven supportive of your fertility health!

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

      Regarding additional dietary and lifestyle changes to consider, here is a detailed article by our site’s founder about How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs that I think you will appreciate.

      Best wishes!

  4. Hi! I’m so scared because of my period. I have had irregular menstruation since 2011 or 2012 maybe. Until now I have a one day period. It scares me a lot because were trying to have a baby for a year, but nothing has happened. Can you help? Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Arbie!

      I am sorry you are so concerned. I think it would help you to learn about supporting a healthy menstrual cycle through our Natural Guide for Menstrual Health. According to many a “normal” period should last between 3 and 5 days. There may be dietary and lifestyle changes you can make, as well as herbs, nutritional supplements and natural therapies to consider.

      If you wish for one on one personalized guidance on the best natural therapy plan for your needs, please consider a Fertility Consultation with our fertility herbalist.

      Take care!

  5. Hi, I was on the depo (contraception) for about 2 years and only got my period twice throughout that time but now my partner and I would like to try for a baby and Ive been off the depo for almost 5-6 months now and my period hasn’t returned, is there anything I can do to help this along?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Karla,

      Consider learning more about How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. Unfortunately there is no magic number for how long it will take each woman to experience the return of a normal menstrual cycle, but there may be natural ways to support your body in finding balance again.

      Best wishes!

  6. hey,
    I’m so nervous. I had sex and I used a condom. We usually pull out but this time he didn’t. We believe the condom wasn’t put on properly. There was no breakage though. Anyway, I’ve have been severely constipated for about a week and I haven’t gotten my period yet.. 3 days late. I have started a new diet and exercise plan, but I am so scared. Can you help? Am i pregnant?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Reeny!

      I am sorry this is scaring you! Dietary changes and changes in an exercise program can impact menstrual cycle timing. The only way to now if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You should do this to either provide yourself with peace of mind, or know how to move forward.

      Take care!

  7. I got my period when i was 10. Then my period continued to the age of 13, but since the age of 14 my period has stopped. At the age of 15, I went to my doctor and he ask me to have a ultrasound to see if there’s a problem, but there is no problem. Now I’m 18 and I didn’t have a period. I’m so scared Elizabeth. One day i want to have a kids. What should i do, any suggestions to get my period back? Please help me :(

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Lyn,

      I am very sorry you are so scared! I understand how scary missing a period can be, let alone not having a period at all at a young age. It is wonderful that you are trying to educate yourself as to what may be contributing to this for you. Have you considered asking your doctor to test your hormone level, or refer you to a fertility health specialist who may be able to run more in-depth tests? This may help you in finding answers. I have to share that I am not a doctor, rather an herbalist.

      This article outlines steps you might consider taking to support healthy menstruation. If you are still unsure, or would like personalized guidance from an herbalist specializing in helping women (even men) support their fertility health, we offer this through a Fertility Consultation. Through a Fertility Consultation, you will receive information on the best diet tips, exercises, natural therapies, herbs, nutritional supplements and even stress reduction techniques for your fertility needs, in addition to help in identifying areas in your life that may be negatively impacting your fertility, with tips on what can be done to positively change those areas to create optimal fertility in preparation for pregnancy.

      I hope you will consider a Fertility Consultation!

  8. Ive got my period since I was 11 but it has been really irregular since i was 13, at 16 i was diagnosed with PCOS. Lots of hair, severe acne and no periods at all have stuck with me all these years and birth control doesnt seem to help me even at age 18. I have family members who may have the same condition and were not able to get pregnant and I really dont want to fall under the same path. High school was already a vicious time in terms of anxiety and depression and my absent periods make me wonder if ill ever get pregnant. :( Any suggestions for diet and exercise and lifestyle overall is greatly appreciated!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Aamna,

      I am sorry you are having to deal with this!

      You will want to be working with your healthcare provider if you wish to take any herbs or nutritional supplements with birth control.

      We have learned that dietary and lifestyle changes are as equally as important as any herb, nutritional supplement or natural therapy you might try to support your hormonal balance, insulin levels and ovarian health. You can learn How to Reduce the Damaging Effects of PCOS on Fertility Through Diet and Herbs here… and even share this information with your healthcare provider.

      I sincerely wish you well!

  9. hi, i haven’t have my period since last year till today and now it makes it one year…and i am very worried, i want to get pregnant and so does my husband, if you guys can help me with suggestion or anything would be helpful for me…..

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear MyMy,

      I am sorry this is causing you worry! It is great that your period returned however! You can consider learning how to support a healthy menstrual cycle, as there are many factors at play from diet and lifestyle, to stress levels, the amount you exercise and stay hydrated. Weight and travel can even have an influence on menstrual cycle health as well.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

  10. Hi, I had a miscarriage in June 2011 and a few months later my DR & I decided for me to get the Implanon birth control. I only kept it for a few months due to me not liking the side effects. Here it is September 2014 and I have maybe only had 5 periods (maybe) since having the birth control taken out. Last one was in March 2014. I’ve been to the DR many times & they tell me everything is fine. No thyroid problems, no nothing. I am overweight for being only 22 years old; but gained this weight due to the side effects of the Implanon. I would really like to have kids and so does my husband, but it just isn’t happening. HELP!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Lindsey!

      I am very sorry you are going through this!

      It can take some women up to a year after stopping birth control to have a normal menstrual cycle. Take time to learn How to Balance Your Hormones After Birth Control. I think you will find the guidance offered here very helpful!

      Best wishes!

  11. From the first time i got my period was quite confused because i expected it the next month but it didn’t come until 3 to 4 months later…… This has continued throughout my adult years! My mom told me that happens to her from time to time but hers is more frequent than mine. I don’t have kids thought i was pregnant once n the doctor told me about my swollen thyroid, which i didn’t really understood. Now i just found out that i may have thyroid issues which an ultra sound is necessary. Can it be my family history of that or is it my enlarged thyroid? What do you recommend for me?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear LaToya,

      I sorry what you are going through is so challenging and confusing!

      While I am not a medical professional, it is my understanding that thyroid health can be genetic. This would be a wonderful conversation to have with your doctor. He/she can offer you a better understanding of why this is happening for you.

      The thyroid gland is an important gland for fertility. There are several fertility signs and symptoms that signal that one may want to support thyroid health which you can learn here…

      In order to create a natural fertility program for you, and make recommendations, it would be helpful to our Fertility Herbalist to know in detail about your lifestyle, health history, and fertility challenges. This information can be provided during a Fertility Consultation. Once you book a Fertility Consultation, there will be a form for you to fill out that will give your fertility herbalist a clear holistic perspective on your situation to analyze and assess properly. A Fertility Consultation is an invaluable way to receive one on one personalized guidance from a herbalist specializing in helping you support your reproductive health.

      I hope your ultrasound proves to shed light on what is going on. Wishing for you peace!

  12. Hi, i am 45 years old.i had fibroid surgery march this year.its August now and am yet to experience any period.am told to take combination three and i have no idea what that is and its side effects,i need advise on what to do please

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ngozi,

      I am sorry I too have no idea what “combination three” is. It would be best for you to ask the practitioner who suggested you take this about what it is and how best to support a healthy menstrual cycle.

      You could consider the suggestions made here in this article although if your taking any medications, herbs or supplements it would be best to seek guidance for your healthcare practitioner about adding a new natural therapy to your program.

      You can also learn more about supporting uterine health here…

      I wish you well!

  13. Thank you for this information. My husband and I want to get pregnant and I have been going through several tests to find out why my menstrual cycle has stopped. It’s been about 4 months since my last cycle. Last year I needed herbs and supplements to bring it on until they didn’t work alone so I see it might than be nutritional. I am a health coach and do eat most of these foods but perhaps lacking in just a few. I’d love to know if you have a wholefood multivitamin that does not have corn in it. I see there is maltodextrin (which from what I know is derived from corn) and also corn maize in your ingredients. I wanted to try it but have an intolerance to corn. Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Dana!

      You might consider Baby and Me by Megafood, a whole food prenatal multivitamin.

      Best wishes!

  14. Where can I get these to purchase
    I would lo e to start

  15. hello..
    i have try for 4 years to get pregnant and i cant i went to a tons of ob gyn and they said that6 it was because im obese that i had to loose 50 pounds so i can get my period.. i lost 120 pounds and i still havent got my menstruation what can i do to spead up the process of getting my period back??

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Kim!

      Congratulations on losing weight! Doing so is sometimes no easy feat…

      Over how long of a period of time have you been losing weight? Rapid weight loss can cause menstrual cycle shifts. You might try starting in supporting your body adjust to the hormonal changes you are going through by doing a Fertility Cleanse. While diet and a healthy lifestyle (eating a Fertility Diet, exercising to support fertility and managing healthy stress levels) are key, you could then try RejuvaFlow, the herbs in which are talked about here.

      If you wish for a personalized program supporting your needs, you might also consider a Fertility Consultation with one of our staff herbalists. She will take into consideration your lifestyle and create a program she feels will best support you.

      In health ~ Liz

  16. hai madam..i was well confusing nd tensed about my irregular periods from last 2months im just about 20yrs …can u suggest to me what to do now…nd what it may be the reason…

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Vinitha!

      Hormone balance is a delicate feat. There are any number of reasons why the menstrual cycle can be irregular from inadequate diet and exercise to stress, even fertility issues and travel may cause changes in the menstrual cycle.

      Consider learning how to through dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as herbs, supplements and natural therapies supportive of hormone balance.

      Vitex is known to be supportive of a variety of menstrual cycle irregularities. Consider learning more about Vitex as well. You can also see high quality, organic Fertilica Vitex products here…

      Be well!

  17. Hey! I have not seen my period for over 4 months and I am not sexually active. I exercise everyday but it isn’t strenuous, half hour to 40 minutes max. My diet is chalk full of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein (eggs, fish, chicken) and I am not a fan of red meat nor do I consume oils or salt. I do suffer from acne and I’ve concluded it to be a hormone imbalance. What is going on with my body? My period used to be regular and now its non existent? HELP

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Alicia!

      I am sorry you are having to deal with this!

      As you have read, there can be any number of reasons why your period has disappeared. It could be as simple as not staying properly hydrated or consuming enough omegas and healthy cholesterol, or as complex as a fertility issue or hormone imbalance. It is hard for me to say exactly for you without knowing more about you and your lifestyle. Consider making some of the changes talked about here as well as making an appointment with your healthcare provider. You might also consider a Natural Fertility Consultation to receive personalized guidance from a staff herbalist.

      Take care!

  18. I haven’t seen my period from last year December 14 2013 and now its July 22 2014 i don’t know what to do …please advise me what to do and take for this I been to the doctor and got some tablets and it work but as soon as the tablets finish it stop coming,i have been every active and all i play netball, am a cheerleader but still putting on weight i’m so scared……. thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Judean!
      I am sorry you are scared! If you are certain you are not pregnant, you can work to naturally support hormone balance to promote natural normal menstruation. The tips offered here are supportive, but if you are feeling like you still aren’t sure what you can do, please consider a Natural Fertility Consultation.

  19. hi im 23 years old & trying to conceive. i have been tracking my ovulation for the past 2 months (using a ovulation pee test) my periods are longer than the aveage cycle sometimes 40 days ect. i came off the implanon around nov 2013. i had tht for 10 months, prev i was on the pill for years. i dont want to take the herbs just now to bring on my period incase im pregnant but ive done 1 test & it was negative, its been 45 since last period. im healthy, i weigh about 8stone & 5ft 1 approx. can u give me advice on how to bring on my period? should i do another test? ive been getting sore breasts which went away but now back, & i have cramp but no period yet

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ashley,
      Thank you for reaching out to us! It is entirely up to you whether you test again or not. You are correct in not wanting to start taking herbs if there is a chance you could be pregnant. This being said, many home pregnancy tests detect pregnancy within as early as 1 day after your missed period. Be sure you are testing according to the test instructions.
      If you are not pregnant and get your period, you may be better guided by learning how to balance your hormones to promote a more normal menstrual cycle.
      The usual range of a healthy cycle is between 21 and 35 days. Some women will have cycles that are very different from this but as long as there is a pattern and regularity from cycle to cycle, a healthy body and the follicular phase is between 12-14 days there should be no cause for concern.
      Be well!

  20. Hi I am on yasmin I missed my period for two months I did 5 pregnancy it is confusing to me right now I need professional help and answers? Alicia

    • Hi Alicia,

      Yasmin is a contraception medication (birth control). While it is possible to become pregnant while on birth control pills, it is extremely rare. If you think you may be pregnant, it would be best for you to speak to your doctor about this and the possible side effects you are experiencing, which is an absent menses.

      Best Wishes!

  21. Im 32 and I’ve had pcos for a little over ten years. I was on birth control for most of that time but I stopped about two yrs ago but would only have a period if I went to the gym on a regular basis if I stopped u wouldn’t get a period. I am now in a serious relationship and wanting to conceive. I’ve cut out all fast and processed foods even most meats and my diet is much better coupled with exercise I’ve been getting my period on time over the past three months. So I was wondering how long would it take to conceive approximately?

    • Hi Melissa,

      To be honest there is no way for me to say how long it will take you to conceive. It takes most couples anywhere from 6 months to a year to conceive. To optimize your chances, be sure you are charting your fertility cycle, so that you are trying to conceive on the days you are most fertile. If you don’t know how to chart your cycle, click here to learn how to begin Fertility Charting…

      One other important thought since you were on birth control for so long: take a whole food preconception multivitamin to ensure you are getting all the necessary nutrients required for conception. I like Fertilica Fertile Woman One Daily Multivitamin.

      Best Wishes!

  22. I’m 35 I had a tubal ligation in 2005 and a thermal ablation in 2007. I have very light spotting maybe 2 to 3 days for the last year. Is it possible to take anything to have a normal period so I may become pregnant again? I want to thicken my uterus and have a period before having the tubal ligation reversal.

  23. Hi,

    For 8yrs now i have not been sexually active but have miss my period 3 time. Maybe this is laughable but its also very frustrated. my period havent come last month and its yet to come this month. what could be the cause and how can i fit it?

    • Hi kengie,

      I am sorry to hear how worried and frustrated you are! It is extremely difficult for me to answer you correctly based on what little information you have provided about your situation. As you can see in the section titled Causes of Absent Period, there are a variety of reasons a woman’s menstrual cycle may stop. Please refer to that section again to see if any of the causes sound like something you can relate to.

      We have a product called RejuvaFlow that we have had great success with, you may also want to learn more about that product. It works best when combined with diet and lifestyle changes.

      Best of luck to you!

  24. Hi I haven’t got my period for 6 months and then I got my period once and after that I haven’t gotten my period for almost 3 months does not getting my period have anything to do with fertility

  25. I didn’t get my periods since in three months. Doctors have adviced me that im having pcos and I have to reduce my weight. Now I have reduced 6kg but still I didn’t get my periods. Im not pregnant also.pls advice.

  26. Hi, I m frm India & my sister-in-law , she has been married 5 yrs & still she is not concive. She has a suger problem & taking insulen twice a day. She want to concive thru IVF, but frm last 2 month but she is missed her period & desperately trying to conceive but don’t have a period. Pls suggest how to regain the period again .

  27. i am in South Africa how can i get hold of your supplements because i have irregular periods and i want a baby?

    • Hi Masi,

      Our shop ships to South Africa, if you are interested in purchasing our products. You have two options, you can contact customer service by email here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/contact-us

      Or click the live chat help button (green) on the right hand side of the page to instantly connect with a customer service representative during business hours.

  28. Thank you so much for the response, I couldnt be more grateful to have your wonderful advice. I really love this site. It is so informative and has taught me so many things. I love every single article!
    One more question, when I start this diet to get to a healthier weight to get pregnant will my body automatically balance the hormones for me? In other words is this something that takes weeks, months, or years? Generally speaking.
    Do you think my weight is my only problem? I have been so scared that the Mirena IUD has caused infertility and all sorts of problems, but if it just my weight that would be great because that is something I am able to control.
    Also should I ask my doctor for a prescription of estrogen and/or progesterone = to help get my period started? Or is should I just be focusing on my diet?
    Thank you so much for your incredible help.
    If there are any other suggestions you have for me please let me know.
    Will eating tofu help?
    Thanks a million.

    • Hi Alex,

      I am glad you love the site, we are glad you are here!

      To address your questions…
      1. There is no way in this comment format for me to know if your weight is your only issue. I do think that based on your weight and height, your BMI (body mass index) is 17.5 which is underweight. The body needs adequate amounts of body fat for hormone balance. Hormones regulate the menstrual cycle. It may be the you only need to make some alterations to your diet to bring your cycle back. Include whole fat organic dairy products, coconut oil, raw nuts, nut butters, avocado, etc. I do think that if it is a weight/body fat issue, yes, this may be resolved with diet changes alone.
      2. How long will it take…not sure, but it could take months. This is where supportive herbs may help, along with diet and exercise changes. I didn’t say this last time, but if you are doing extreme exercise, that may negatively impact your cycle as well. Learn more about that here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/exercise-good-or-bad-for-fertility.html
      3. If you are concerned about the Mirena IUD and its impact on your body, I urge you to read our article on birth control recovery, as Mirena does contain low doses of synthetic progesterone. You can read that article here: http://natural-fertility-info.com/birth-control-fertility.html
      4. I don’t think that taking synthetic hormone medications to “jump start” a period is natural, nor will be helpful for you to meet the goal you desire. If you read the birth control recovery article, it will help you to understand why. Basically taking synthetic hormones is like tricking your body into doing something it should naturally do on its own, but at a time it wouldn’t naturally do it. Taking hormone medications can be confusing for the body.
      5. I don’t think eating tofu regularly to bring a cycle back is practical or helpful for bringing the cycle back. Eating tofu in moderation, about 1-2 times a week at most is fine as part of your regular diet.

  29. Hi! I am desperately trying to conceive but don’t have a period. I had the Mirena IUD for 3 years and just had it taken out 6 months ago. My doc said it is definitely not normal for me to be going this long without a period. She prescribed me Prometrium to help jump start my period, but that didnt work, and she said that she would be no further help.. I could go to a fertility clinic if I wanted.
    I really hope that I can heal myself to get pregnant asap I just dont know what to do. I think I might be low on estrogen because I am 5 8″ and weigh 118, also because I dont have much of a sex drive. While I had the IUD in I lost 10 pounds by exercising and eating healthy, but not quickly, it was over the course of the 3 years with my IUD. I also heard that with the Mirena your uterine wall withers away & becomes very thin.
    Is there anything I can do? How do I thicken up my uterine wall? How do I balance my hormones and get more estrogen? I bought organic tofu at the store, should I be eating that? I am willing to do anything that will help me I just want to get pregnant so badly and I am so sad that my period has not come yet.
    I am young and healthy 24 years old. Do you think this is something I will be able to heal from? And how long do you think it will take?
    I have vitex and maca powder here at home that I will start taking tomorrow.

    Any info would help. Please let me know what I can do to best BOOST estrogen and build my uterine wall if thats what needs attention!
    THANKS

    • Hi Alex,

      Your low body weight may be the culprit here. I know you are happy that you lost weight by exercising and changing your diet, but a woman needs an adequate amount of body fat for a healthy, regular menstrual cycle. Learn ways to improve your eating habits to increase your body fat enough to help you get your cycle back by reading this article: http://natural-fertility-info.com/infertility-due-to-being-underweight.html

      Improving your diet, along with the supportive herbs you purchased may help you to get your cycle back on track.

      It sounds like you are speculating that your uterine lining may be thin due to the Mirena, but without an estrogen test and uterine scan there is no way to be sure if your uterine lining is thin or not. We do have an article on improving a thin uterine lining, but I don’t think you need to worry about that just yet. You are still young and combining diet improvements along with the herbs you chose may be all that is needed to get your body back on track!

  30. Hi,

    Well I Haven’t Gotten My Period For Like 2 Year An A Half I Have Gone To The Doctor A Couple Of Times But Nothing Comes Up The Last Thing I Did Was Blood Test But Never Took Them To My Doctor… Everything Seemed Normal When I Looked At The Results… Its Clear That Im Not Pregnant… Can U Please Explain What It May Be?

    Thank You!

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Jazlyn,
      There is really no way for us to know this for you. You should take your blood test results to your doctor. He/She is trained to read these results (my apologies if you are as well), but may be able to give you some insight into what is happening. There are a number of possible reasons for menstruation to stop of which you have very likely read about here. Reach out to us again should you glean any new insight into what the possible cause might be for you. I am wondering also if you have ever had a full hormone panel run (is this the blood work you recently did?) and/or a full thyroid panel run (your thyroid tested)? These would be tests to talk to your healthcare provider about.

  31. Hi, I am a recovered anorexic. I got my period when I was 10 years old. I was 13 when I suffered through anorexia. During that time, I had lost my period for maybe about 4 or 5 months. When I fully recovered about 6 months later, I got my period back for a few times. Then I lost it again. I have not gotten it in about 9 months now. (I am 14 years old.) My doctor wants to put me on birth control pills to jumpstart it, but I do not want to take pills. Please help me. Do you know any other ways I can get my period back?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Vivian,
      Congratulations on your recovery! There may be ways to support the healthy return of your menstrual cycle. Do you eat a healthy diet? I suspect you aren’t trying to conceive, but you can still follow the Fertility Diet. You may also benefit from Self Fertility Massage mentioned above in this article. Have you tried any natural therapies, herbs or supplements to support bringing back a healthy menstrual cycle?

    • Hi,
      Thank you so much for your reply. I will look into some natural therapies and supplements to see if they will help. Also, I am kind of worried that my inconsistent periods will affect my fertility if I hope to become pregnant in the future. I want to make sure that there will be no permanent damage that is a direct result of an inconsistent/lacking menstrual cycle right now.
      Thank you,
      Vivian

    • Hi Vivian,

      It is good that you are questioning this now, rather than later. It is possible for the uterus to atrophy (lose muscle tone) if the menstrual is absent for a long time. Working to get your cycle back on track now will not only help you to prepare for a healthy pregnancy in the future, it will make it easier to get pregnant. Because you are a teen, it really would be best to speak with your mom, or a close adult female friend, or even your father if you are close to him, about your concerns, so they can help you seek the care you need. This article on teen fertility may help you move in the right direction: http://natural-fertility-info.com/herbs-for-teen-fertility-simple-steps-for-healthy-choices.html

  32. hi,
    i have had blood test results and lh levels are higher than fsh levels. is vitex recomended to help balance them out?

    • Hi Marie,

      Some research has shown that vitex may increase LH, while mildly inhibiting FSH, so I am not sure that this herb would be your best choice. Remember a hormone imbalance is more than just one hormone at a time, if one is off, that means it is likely others are off as well, which is a sign that something in the endocrine system is not functioning properly. You are more than a test result and the cause of the imbalance has to do with something greater than a number on a piece of paper. It would be helpful if you could provide more information about you and your health. I just don’t have enough information about you to say what herbs to learn more about.

  33. so my period has never been regular. and about a year ago i didnt have my period the whole summer. but then i got it back around fall. ive recently had the same problem. i havent had a “full” period since january. i had one around march but it was VERY light. ive also recently started exercising alot more, to be ready for summer and lose weight. (like running 100 times up/down stairs about 3/4 days a week) i read that over-exercising could cause this. could you please help me figure out whats going on?? please.

    • Hi Erica,

      Extreme exercise over time may lower body fat so much that a woman’s cycle may stop or become irregular. This is common in women who are extreme athletes (think Olympians), women who train all the time. Since this has been an issue for you in the past, I don’t think the amount of exercise you are now doing is playing a role in your absent cycles, but I can’t be for sure. There are a variety of reasons a woman’s cycle may go missing. To find out if it is a hormone issue, I would suggest you go see a doctor and get a full hormone panel run. Cycles that come and go, the way you describe them, are often a sign of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Hormone testing can help a doctor to know if this may be the case.

      If you are interested in natural options to help you to restore a normal cycle, but aren’t sure where to begin, we do offer consultations. I hope this helps you to figure out a place to begin to resolve the issue.

  34. Hi I am reynalyn 24yrs. old I want to back my period regularly..

  35. Hello
    I’m 16 years old and last year I lost my period for 9 months (I wasn’t pregnant, I went to the doctors many times and they didn’t know the cause as many blood tests and scans didn’t show anything). I got my period back in November and it was regular for 3-4 months however it has been the 4th month now that I have been without it again. Please can you advise me on what to do, I dance most nights and on weekdays I skip lunch because I am self conscious and want to loose some weight. I generally eat healthily as I have porridge for breakfast and I eat a full dinner. I don’t want to gain weight but I want to be healthy and have my period back. Please can you advise me on what to do? Thank you Xx

    • Hi Amy,

      I would encourage you to consider working with an herbalist, nutritionist or naturopathic doctor in your area. Proper nutrition is vital to a healthy menstrual cycle. While I understand the peer pressure to look a certain way and the importance of looking fit and being fit to enjoy dance, I see that your fear of your weight and looks may already be impacting your health. Never forget, your health the most important thing here and having irregular cycles is a sign something is not functioning properly in the body. I think this article on teen fertility will be helpful for you.

  36. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

  37. Can going to the Chiropractor cause you to have a period even if you have not had one in months.

    • Hi Denise,

      Maybe?! In my experience, any type of body work, massage, chiropractic, even soaking in a hot springs or sauna may stimulate the body’s natural detoxification processes, which I have seen bring on the menstrual cycle in some women. You may want to ask your chiropractor about this, though. He/she will be able to better answer your concerns and questions.

  38. Hi,im elena & im 28y/o.last year,i stop my pills@january,so,after that, i didnt take a pills again then month of aug.i tried to do a extreme workout and diets then mo.of sept.,my mens was absent til dec.but im not preggy,when i did a checkup and ultrasound,my OB says my ovary was clear and clean so no problem,they are so confusing if what is the prob why i should not having a mens then the prob was i had an amenorrhea bcoz of hormonal imbalances and i got that bcoz of my extreme exercise.she prescripted me a progesterone tablet,after 9 days,i had my mens then she prescripted me again a contraceptive pills then i took that again til i stopped it since last month bcoz i already did an exercise and diets again,and i had my mens last month.i stopped that pills bcoz i really felt so getting bigger and bigger bcoz of that pills!so that i decided to go on diet and exercise bcoz im obese,and also i did that for my next pregnancy if i will conceived again if ever…now,im worried for my upcoming mens,what can i do to normalize my mens again,today is my 29th day since my last mens last month!??pls help me thanks…

  39. Hi, I am wondering if you might have some ideas to direct me in my current issues:

    I am 15 months post-partum, and we stopped nursing when my son turned a year old, had been slowly weaning (adding formula) since 7-8 months old…

    I still have not gotten a period back. Several times I’ve had cramps, for a few hours or a few days, thinking I might be getting it soon, but it doesn’t come. Most recently this past Sunday (6/17) I had debilitating menstrual-type cramps. It honestly felt like early labor- I had the pain in my back too. I had cramps the day before that were pretty moderate, but not like Sunday’s cramps. Then they started dissipating and now (thursday) they’re all but gone. My breasts have been sore off and on, but it seems like getting less sore too. Pregnancy tests have all been negative. I saw dr and she drew blood to make sure not pregnant, check thyroid, and said if those are ok she can give me something to make me start my period. Should I do this? I suppose it’s possible (?) that I could be pregnant, since we were intimate about a week to ten days before Sunday’s horrible cramping. I was also terribly gassy on Sunday as well, but that’s dissipated as well.

    Ever since I got my cycle at 14 I’ve been irregular, going 9 months or even a year sometimes without. I was overweight (BMI 27?) in my late teens, early twenties during the worst of the amenorrhea. I slowly lost weight down to a healthy range and stayed at that weight for a year or more, then got two fairly regular periods, then got pregnant. Had a missed miscarriage that finally resolved May 2008 then was irregular for a few cycles. I think I had a chemical pregnancy sometime in 2009, and did sort of settle into a pattern of having periods (albeit 30-35 day ones)…then got pregnant in July 2010.

    I did gain weight with the preg that I haven’t been able to lose, and even GAINED weight while breastfeeding (I’d always heard it helps you lose the weight!) so now I have a very unhealthy BMI and need to lose 70 lbs to get back to the weight I was when my cycles returned..

    Is my weight REALLY related here? I’ve been irregular always at a larger weight, and *sometimes at a healthy weight. Is there anything I can do to restore my fertility while I work on losing the weight? Cuz that could take a loong while if I do it the right way.

    Thanks in advance!

  40. I had been taking vitex & maca + prenatal for 4 months when I got pregnant. Unfortunately I miscarried in February. I was devastated! I waited to naturally miscarry and was provided follow-up to ensure everything was clear. I waited a cycle to start maca & vitex again. I started using fertity monitor and detected ovulation. No luck that second month…go period. Third month detected only highs no ovulation. I am late now going on two weeks. I have had significant cervical mucus. No infection. No positive pregnancy test so not that…my questions are; did I start vitex & maca too soon after miscarriage? Should I stop? Thanks in advance for advice.

  41. I started taking vitex and I realised that my period has moved from light to extremely scanty. Is this normal?

    • I would need more information on how long you have been taking the vitex, at what dose, are you consistent in taking it, why you chose to take it, etc. This doesn’t sound normal.

  42. Hi is there anyway else that you can do to increase your period

  43. Hi,I`m almost forty & i live in the carribbean.I`ve blocked fall/tubes & i haven`t seen my period in a year which hjas been so frustrating.Can u please give me some advice.A doctor told me that nothing can b done to help me. by the way I don`t even have a boyfriend.Hoping that God would send someone soon that would stick by me.

    • Have you considered embryo adoption? That is a viable option for women with blocked fallopian tubes and no partner. Or you could do IVF with your own eggs (if they are determined viable) and get a sperm donor. Over 5 million children on earth have come to make millions of infertile couples very happy!

  44. Hi Dalene

    I have irregular periods. Sometimes about 3 months absence. My blood tests show that I have less FSH but not too low to diagonize PCOS. My fasting sugar and insulin resistance results were ok as well as progesterone and prolactin and androgens. I have been put on Provera to bring on a period before I start Clomid, as I am trying to conceive. I had a miscarriage Sept 2011, at 6 weeks. I have read your articles but would like you to recommend what herbs I should try I want to go the natural route… My Bmi is good and I’m 27. I get stressed, yes :-).

  45. Hi Dalene,
    I am 28 years old and its been almost 2 years since i had my period. I went to my gyno for blood tests & internal sonograms & he said everything is normal. He first put me back on BC for 3 months to see if i could regulate my period again but i got no period on the pill free days. Then he put me on Provera but after 2 trys on that still no period. I am getting really worried now that i wont be able to get pregnant. I am on Vitex now since March 7th but nothing yet. Would you recomment Dong Quai also? Thank you.