These are a few basics for pretty much everyone, and a good starting point for getting things on track:
- Eat a healthy diet.
Every woman is different so not everyone will be affected by diet in the same way. Do some experimenting with your diet and find out what makes you feel best, is a raw vegan diet okay? Or do you need to add some red meat to your diet? Your body will only ovulate if it thinks that now is a good time to bring a new baby into your environment. If you are not getting the right nutrients, your body may not think you are ready to have a baby and therefore you may not ovulate.
- Drink enough water
A good rule of thumb is take your weight in pounds, divide it by two, and drink that many ounces of water per day. So if you weighed 120 lbs, you would drink 60 oz of water per day, adjusting, as needed, based on your particular circumstances.
- Get enough sleep
The amount needed may vary from woman to woman, and night to night. If you wake up feeling tired, there’s a good chance that you’re not getting enough sleep. Some women might need only 7 hours, but others might need up to 10, depending on what’s going on at the time. If you’re sick, you’re likely to need more sleep than if you’re well.
- Get enough exercise
Exercise is important as it keeps your muscles, bones and organs healthy and toned. Get the amount of exercise that makes your body feel good.
If you’re not eating a well balanced diet or getting enough water, sleep, or exercise your body will not be at its healthiest, and, if that’s the case, it’s not uncommon for a cycle to be a little unpredictable. YOU have to be healthy before you can consider bringing a new life into the world, and you’re not likely to ovulate regularly if your system is out of whack.
Assuming that you’ve done all of the above, and have been keeping it up for a few months, you may find that your cycle is now running like clockwork!
But if not, now is the time to start looking at what might be missing that might help your cycle.
- More food!
We’ve already talked about food above, and finding the right diet for you. But sometimes even a great diet needs a little supplementation. Some women found success by just adding a teaspoon of fish oil to their diet each day. The key here is always to find something that works for you, that you will actually DO, because if you’re not going to do it on a regular basis, it’s obviously not going to have the desired effect.
A good multi-vitamin is also usually a helpful addition to any diet. And some women find that B vitamins give them good results. Vitamin D is also said to be important for a healthy cycle. And for those of you suffering with PMS, 750mg of vitamin C every day has been shown in some studies to alleviate some of those less-than-pleasant symptoms of PMS, like sore breasts, bloating, super crankiness, et cetera.
If food and vitamin supplements don’t do the trick, then it might be time to move on to herbs. Herbs can be a powerful medicine, so be sure to consult with a qualified herbalist before beginning any herbal treatment. Bring them your charts and show them exactly what’s going on. They will likely create a plan of action based on your specific needs at that time.
Acupuncture has also been used by women for thousands of years to help regulate their cycles and give them a healthier reproductive system. There are acupuncturists that specialize in fertility. Here is a list of some Acupuncture for Fertility practitioners in the USA, by state.
- Medical treatment
And lastly, if you want to seek conventional medical treatment for your irregular cycles, you might want to ask your doctor to address the root of the problem. If your doctor recommends that you go on hormonal contraceptives, make sure you know what you’re getting into, and why. If you want to bleed every 28 days, and don’t care about addressing any potential underlying concerns, go ahead and do that, but know that being on the pill is not actually getting to the root of the problem, and that the bleeding you experience when you’re on hormonal contraceptives is not a real period. It’s a bleed caused by the sharp drop in hormones that occurs during your week of placebo pills. This is preferable for some women, it all depends on what your desired outcome is.
In short, get your health in order by eating, sleeping, drinking water and exercising in the appropriate way for your particular situation, and if that doesn’t work try some food or vitamin supplements, moving on to herbs, acupuncture, or medical treatment, if needed.