You may need to advance or pre-pone your menstrual cycle due to some genuine reasons, such as a family wedding or a sporting event you want to take part in or to travel on a much awaited holiday, during which having a heavy period could cause inconvenience. Another reason may be to look for are safe and natural solutions to regularize irregular periods, which is a common problem in women.
Pre-poning your periods naturally, can be done with the help of hormonal induction by natural foods and herbs, organically grown. Any food which has properties that generate heat which tends to pace up the circulation of blood and induces your period to start early naturally.
Carotene rich foods like papaya, pumpkin, carrots and herbs like turmeric, ginger, etc are recommended. Eating heat inducing foods like red meat, jaggery and pineapple also help.
Hot water baths, vigorous physical exercise, relaxing techniques, acupuncture and acupressure, can also help to advance your periods.
Here’s a list of some of the most effective natural home remedies to treat irregular and late monthly cycle and ways you can induce your periods early.
Herbs and seeds that have the ability to induce menstruation
Carom seeds (Ajwain )
A brew of carom seeds and jaggery will help in inducing periods besides relieving menstrual cramps.
Method: Boil 1 tsp carom seeds with 1 tsp jaggery in 1 glass of water and consume it on an empty stomach in the morning.
Completely safe, natural and recommended by doctors, drinking celery juice is one way you can induce an early period.
Method: Drinking fresh celery juice twice a day can stimulate the blood flow to your pelvis and uterus, helping to induce your period early.
Coriander seeds (Dhania)
Coriander seeds are said to be the most effective home remedy for irregular periods because they stimulate and increase menstrual flow.
Method: Boil 1 tsp of coriander seeds with 2 cups of water till the water reduces to just one cup. Strain to remove the seeds and drink the brew thrice a day for a couple of days before your monthly period.
Fennel seeds (Saunf)
Fennel seeds boiled in water to make a brew, work best when drunk every morning on an empty stomach.
Method: Mix 2 tsp of fennel seeds in a glass of water and leave to soak overnight. In the morning strain and drink the water.
Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
Fenugreek seeds are recommended by experts to induce period.
Method: Drink fenugreek seeds boiled in water.
Sesame seeds (Til)
Sesame seeds, loaded with essential minerals and vitamins are known to help with advancing the menstrual cycle. But they should only be eaten in moderation as they generate a lot of heat in your body. These heat-producing seeds can be eaten daily around 15 days before your expected date to help you get your period earlier.
- a teaspoon of sesame seeds twice a day with hot water or
- a teaspoon of roasted or raw sesame seeds mixed with honey 2-3 times a day or
- a teaspoon of sesame seeds mixed with jaggery.
Ginger is a powerful emmenagogues and is thought to increase the heat around the uterus, thus promoting contractions and starting periods. However, it can have some side effects, like acidity.
- having fresh ginger juice mixed with honey first thing in the morning or
- ginger brewed in the form of tea or
- drink a mixture of 2 tsp fresh ginger juice with 1 tsp water every morning on an empty stomach for a few days before the regular date.
Along with its many other health benefits, turmeric helps women to advance their periods.
Method: Add just a pinch of turmeric to a cup of boiling water. Drink it first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night. Drinking it regularly for around 15 days prior to your expected date will pre-pone your period by approximately 5 days.
Foods rich in carotene
Eat food that contains high amounts of carotene, such as papaya, pumpkin, carrots, apricots, peaches, spinach, etc. Carotene present in these fruits and vegetables helps in stimulating the hormone estrogen, thereby inducing your periods early.
It’s one of the most effective home remedies available to pre-pone periods. The carotene present in raw papaya stimulates the hormone estrogen resulting in contractions in the uterus and which help in inducing periods. It also helps generate excess heat in your body that helps to pre-pone your period. This will also help improve your vitamin C intake.
- can be consumed raw twice a day or
- one bowl of fresh ripe papaya eaten everyday around the middle of the cycle or
- one cup of papaya juice (approx. 200ml) with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Another food that’s rich in carotene, carrot can be consumed plain or in the form of juice as many as 3 times a day. Carotene promotes estrogen production, and with an increase in estrogen levels, you can advance your period a bit early.
- simply eat fresh carrots daily or
- drink a cup of carrot juice thrice a day.
Pomegranate juice contains high amount of antioxidants that help improve your health. It can also help start your period earlier.
Method: Simply include pomegranate juice in your diet and drink it at least thrice a day for a few days before you want your period to arrive.
You can also try to advance your period by mixing sugarcane juice to pomegranate juice and drinking it four times a day.
Consuming sugarcane juice before a week or two weeks of your menstruation cycle helps in pre-poning the periods.
It is one of the good heat-inducing foods that seems to act effectively if you need to pre-pone your periods, when consumed in larger quantities.
- you can eat a bowl of pineapple daily or
- make a papaya and pineapple fruit salad
The carotene present in pumpkins is a great mechanism in inducing periods.
Method: Eat as much as you can to start your period earlier than expected.
Eat a lot of red meat as it also has the ability to produce heat in the body, and therefore speed up your period.
Jaggery is a good home remedy for preponing periods.
- when mixed with ginger, sesame seed and carom seed is an effective natural home remedy to pre-pone periods or
- drink ginger juice with jaggery first thing in the morning on an empty stomach early in the morning
Eating dates will increase heat in your body that will help bring your periods early.
Method: Simply eat a few dates throughout the day a few days before your due date.
Buttermilk, curd or bananas also help to bring on early periods.
While all the above herbs, seeds, fruits and vegetables were effective in olden days to pre-pone periods, today it is difficult to rely on them completely because most of them are grown using chemical fertilizers as opposed to organic cultivation before. By this their nutritive value is considerably reduced.
Other methods to induce periods
Vitamin C: High doses of vitamin C can induce periods by increasing the levels of estrogen in the body. Increased levels of this hormone, stimulates uterine contractions, which in turn stimulates bleeding. Vitamin C also reduces progesterone levels, which initiate the breakdown of the uterine walls, leading to an early period. Foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, kiwis, and vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli and bell peppers can be included in your daily diet.
Taking vitamin C supplements can also help to get your period started a bit earlier than expected.
Hot spa and hot tubs: Relaxing in a hot tub or spa regularly can speed up your period.
Physical exercise: Extreme physical exercise is another way to advance your period. Performing high intensity aerobic or cardio exercises will help to pre-pone periods.
Acupuncture and acupressure: Acupuncture and acupressure can stimulate specific points associated with circulation and blood flow.
Avoid stressful situations: Make sure to keep your stress levels to a minimum and practice some relaxing techniques. Exercise reduces stress and encourages the release of endorphins that make you feel good.
Sex: Sexual intercourse increases blood flow to your vagina and helps contract the uterus, while relaxing the vagina simultaneously. Hormones released by woman’s body during sexual intercourse all help induce periods. Moreover, semen contains hormones that help soften the cervix, which will also help improve your chances of having your period early.
Hot water pack: A hot water pack is also a natural remedy to pre-pone periods. Place a hot water pack or bottle on your abdomen for about 10-15 mins at a time for 2-3 times a day.
Birth Control Pills: Increasing the levels of estrogen will help bring your period early, and that’s exactly what you can do by taking contraceptive pills that contain both estrogen and progesterone. It is important to consult your doctor before taking these pills, especially if you have heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, or other medical conditions.