How To Regulate Your Period

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    haybay

    Is there a way where I can control my period? I used to be on the Pill and it was nice because if I was going on vacation next week and I was about to start my period I could start a new pack and skip the placebo pills. Now that I have gone off the Pill I don't know if there is a way to control it. Should I try to regulate it and then plan my vacations around my period?

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    Courtney

    Hey there, without artificial hormones, it's not possible to control exactly when you get your period or make it happen earlier or later than usual. This is a good thing! Even though not being able to delay your period can be an inconvenience, letting your hormone and your uterus do their thing without trying to force them to do something else can set you up for better reproductive health in the long run. 

    Following the guidelines above should help you to have a more regular period, so you'll know when to expect it. The best way to know when to expect your period is to keep track of how long your luteal phase (the post-ovulatory phase) typically is. Whereas the length of the follicular phase (or the pre-ovulatory phase) can vary, the luteal phase length usually varies by only a day or two. So if you typically have a luteal phase length of 14 days, and you ovulate on March 10, then you'll know to expect your period right around March 24. 

    Also, if you're on vacation and happen to get your period, menstrual cups can make periods a lot easier - you won't need to use up packing space with tons of tampons and pads, and you can keep them in for up to 12 hours at a time :)

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    ncredic

    I'm currently taking Vitex, which has worked wonders for my period and PMS symptoms. What are your thoughts on Vitex? I'm currently trying to conceive, and started taking it bcuz so many women claimed vitex helped them conceive.

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    Courtney

    Hi there,

    Many women report that Vitex can be beneficial for regulating the menstrual cycle. Of course, every woman's body is different, so some women will undoubtedly experience different effects than others, and some women may not notice any effects. Here's an article with some useful information about Vitex: http://wellnessmama.com/8314/herb-profile-vitex/

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    miranda.salazar388

    Is it still possible to get pregnant when your cycle is irregular?

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    Courtney

    Hi Miranda, that depends - if your cycle is irregular but you are ovulating occasionally, then yes, it's still possible to get pregnant. If you're not ovulating at all, then it's not possible to get pregnant. Tracking your basal temperatures and cervical fluid will help you to determine if and when you're ovulating (and in turn, whether you can get pregnant). 

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    erinesiyok

    I went off the pill about 7 months ago and had regular periods for a while but now my cycle is getting longer and longer and I don't think ovulated last time. Is there I should do in addition to diet to increase my chances of getting pregnant? I'm getting worried.

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    preciouscarmia

    I have an irregular mentrual cycle. I get 28 days, sometimes 35, and the longest would be 45 days. That's why ovulation predictors don't work for me at all. And my husband i and i have been trying to get pregnan for almost a year. For a month we tried using the ovulation kit, but it didnt work on us either. Maybe we didnt do it right? But im still hopefull. Just preorder Wink. Hopefully will work for me.

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    arielle.brill

    My experience is the same as erinesiyok. Came off the pill about 8 months ago and had regular periods and temp/fluid patterns for about 4 months and thentmy cycle began to get really irregularand inconsistent temperature and really long luteal phase with negative pregnancy tests. Is this just my body regulating to being off the pill or something I should be worried about?

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    Lauren

    Hi Arielle and erinesiyok, I'm so sorry about the trouble you've experienced with getting off the pill!  It can take up to a year for some women's bodies to adjust after getting off the pill, so I wouldn't worry about anything being wrong just yet.  Also, keep in mind that a 'normal' menstrual cycle is anywhere between 24 and 35 days or so, so unless your cycles are wildly erratic (with some cycles approaching even 100 days long) you're still falling perfectly in the normal range and there's nothing to be concerned about.  However, if your cycles don't regulate over the next few months, consider charting your cycles thoroughly to help identify any potential health problems may be causing the irregularity and share your chart with your doctor for diagnosis.

    I hope that helps - let me know if there's anything else I can do for you!

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    shel4mac

    What are your thoughts on Fertility Blend by GNC?

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    Lauren

    Hi shel4mac, thanks for your question.  I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that particular product - I'd recommend checking with your doctor before you begin any treatments, especially if Fertility Blend has active herbs in it (as opposed to just vitamins).  I'm sorry I can't be of more specific help!

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    kh.kamilla

    Hello,

    I'm trying to regulate my periods. Currently I'm on 81 day of my cycle. I was on the pill up until the end of July, then in October I had my first real period and nothing since then. I had saliva test done on the 19th day of my cycle which showed that I had depressed adrenals, very low estrogen and progesteron levels with normal testosterone level. I should also mention that I was diagnosed with PCOS last year and that's the reason I went on the pill. However, I have no weight and skin issues and no sugar issues either, I just have\ had irregular and\or absent periods since as long as I can remember. And 81 day long cycle is no surprise for me either, I've had longer. Right now I'm seeing a naturopath that prescribed two herbal supplements to be taken at different stages of my cycle. For instance, dong quai + omega 3 to be taken during folicular phase and Vitex + Omega 6 - during luteal phase. Im also treating adrenals with genseng and rhodiola throughout the cycle. The problem is that I don't know what phase im in at the moment. What is the phase tendency with a cycle this long? If I take one supplement in the wrong phase, will it mess up my treatment? I excersize regularly, take multivitamins, my BMI is normal, I stay away from junk food and always choose water over juice and pop but it feels like nothing seems to work! I apologise for my rant, I'm just getting sooooo frustrated, especially with baby planing and the upcoming TTC attempts, I'm afraid I won't be able to conceive at all because I'm not ovulating.

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    cgharrison22

    I was on the depo provera shot for about a year, I stopped taking it in July, and have only had one period in August and haven't had another one since. we are trying to conceive and it's getting very discouraging and making me wonder if the shot messed with my cycles. Before taking the depo I had very regular periods. Any advice on the aftermath of the depo shot and trying to get pregnant?

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