There are many reasons why you may want to make your period come. Maybe you’re going on vacation next week and you want it to be over by then. Perhaps you’re tired of dealing with PMS and ready for it to come as soon as possible. A more serious reason may be that you’re worried you may be pregnant, and you just want proof you aren’t. Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to get your period faster. It’s a natural process that isn’t under your control. However, certain lifestyle changes and using herbs can induce your period.
Possible Reasons for Missed Period
Having irregular periods is completely normal for some. Everyone’s body is different, and some people tend to skip a month here and there or go long periods of time without menstruating.
There are many reasons why your period may not have come.
If pregnancy is at the top of your worry list, you’ll need to take a pregnancy test and decide what to do next.
2. Breastfeeding and Menopause
Breastfeeding (1, 2, 3, 4) and menopause (5) are other natural conditions that disrupt the menstrual cycle. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure whether the cause of your missed period may be connected with natural hormone changes.
3. Medical Conditions
There are certain medical conditions that can cause a disruption in your menstrual cycle.
- Hypothyroidism can affect how often you have your period (6, 7, 8).
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which causes your body to produce high levels of hormones instead of the normal fluctuations that bring about your period (9).
- Structural issues in your reproductive system can also cause missed periods. Uterine scarring, a lack of reproductive organs, or other abnormalities may be the source of the problem.
- Some people experience premature menopause, which is defined as menopause that occurs before age 40.
Certain medications can also lead to a disruption in the menstrual cycle. It’s possible that you’re on a medication causing you to miss your periods without realizing that this is a common side effect. If you are on one of the following types of medication, it could be the reason your period is late:
- Blood pressure drugs
- Allergy medications
How to Make Your Period Come Faster
1. Consume Emmenagogue Foods
Emmenagogue foods, or emmenagogic foods, are foods that have been reported to stimulate menstruation. There are a number of other foods and herbs that have been recommended as natural ways to make your period come faster.
Parsley: Parsley is a famous natural uterine stimulant that can be used to induce your period. It contains apiole and myristicin, substances that are thought to make uterus contract and cause menstrual bleeding. Although no scientific research backs this claim, some women have found drinking parsley tea to be helpful.
- Wash and chop 1/4 cup of fresh parsley.
- Boil a cup of water.
- Pour the water over the parsley and let it steep for five minutes.
- Strain out the parsley and drink the tea.
Celery: Like parsley, celery contains apiole and has been claimed to have emmenagogic effects.
Pomegranate: Pomegranate is another food that is known to be rich in phytoestrogens and that has been used as a dietary emmenagogue and uterine stimulant.
Cumin seeds: Cumin is yet another member of the Apiaceae family, and cumin seeds are commonly used as a natural uterine stimulant in India.
Sage: Sage infusions are one of the most effective natural remedies to induce your period. Take a cup of sage tea in the morning and at night to regulate your menstrual cycle effectively. Don’t drink sage tea if you’re taking contraceptives.
Turmeric: Turmeric is thought to promote period regulation and relieve menstrual cramps (11, 12). Scientists have not confirmed that it can make your period come faster, but it may be worth a try if your period is late.
- To make a drink, add one teaspoon turmeric to a cup of water. Flavor it with honey and lemon, then pour over ice
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is believed to be a natural emmenagogue (13). This means that it can help you get your period faster. Vitamin C helps build the uterine lining, helping increase your chances of getting your period. Eating food high in vitamin C or taking vitamin C supplements makes the uterus contract, bringing on a period.
- Try eating plenty of papaya, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and tomatoes.
- The recommended daily value of vitamin C is 60 mg. If you decide to take supplements, be sure not to exceed the recommended daily value.
3. Herbal Supplements
Several herbal supplements are thought to be beneficial for inducing your period.
- Dong Quai: Dong Quai, or Angelica root, belongs to the same Apiaceae family of plants as parsley and it has been claimed to induce a period. Dong Quai promotes blood flow to the pelvis where it will stimulate an absent or irregular period. This root herb is also recommended to people who suffer from menopausal problems or menstrual cramps.
- White Peony: White peony moves the blood in the pelvic area, an antidote to uterine “stagnation” during the absence of a period.
- Black Cohosh: Used for hundreds of years to help induce a period, black cohosh promotes the regulation of the entire menstrual cycle and contributes specifically to the shedding of the uterine lining (14, 15, 16).
- Motherwort: Motherwort has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus and help it work efficiently thereby contributing to the onset of menstruation.
Note: Speak with your doctor before incorporating herbal supplements into your lifestyle. Read the instructions on the packaging and take no more than the recommended dosage.
4. Hot Bath
Warm water relaxes your body, easing physical and emotional stress at the same time (17). Give yourself time for a good, long soak in the bath when you want to get your period faster.
- Let your body completely relax. Massage your arms, legs, face and scalp to improve blood circulation.
- Try adding relaxing essential oils. Lavender, lemongrass and rose essential oils will help you relax as you bathe.
- You can also apply a heating pad on your stomach.
Physical exercise can be beneficial because it improves blood circulation. According to studies, the endorphins released during a workout can relieve stress, which is good when you are trying to make your period come faster.
However, you don’t want to workout too much. Overtraining can cause your estrogen levels to decrease, causing your period to stop. Many athletes who train every day experience missed or irregular periods.
6. Reduce Stress
Stress alters the function of your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that regulates your hormones and causes menstruation to happen. Affected by stress, your body releases hormones cortisol and adrenaline which prevent the release of your fertility hormones and disrupt your menstrual cycle (18). That’s why extreme stress can cause your period to get delayed. If you think stress could be the reason your period is late, try to decrease sources of stress in your life.
- Give yourself some “me” time cancel social obligations that may be stressing you out.
- Spend the time relaxing, eating well and exercising.
- Tryyoga or meditation.
- If your stress is chronic, consider making an appointment with a therapist who can help you find a good solution.
7. Have Sex
Having sex boosts blood flow to the vagina and makes it contract. After the sexual intercourse, the vagina relaxes, thus triggering the shedding of the uterine lining. Another benefit of sex is that semen softens the cervix, which can result in bringing on early menstruation.
Medical Solutions to Induce Your Period
You may want to take medications to induce your period. If you want to try the medical solutions, always talk to your doctor before trying anything.
1. Birth Control Pills
Some doctors recommend using birth control pills regularly, because it’s one of the most common ways to regulate menstrual cycle, especially in women with PCOS. Taking these pills may help induce your period.
- Remember that only women who are below the age of 35 can be prescribed with contraceptives.
2. Hormone Injections
Another option is hormone injections instead of birth control pills. Your doctor may administer hormone injections to stimulate your menstrual cycle.
- People often believe herbs to be harmless, but they can have significant side effects. If you want to try using herbs to make your period come, it is best to not go over the recommended dosage, and consult an herbalist before taking them.
- Never try to induce your period if you suspect you may be pregnant. Some people bleed regularly throughout their pregnancy, so you may still pregnant even if you believe you’ve had your period. Trying to induce a period could harm your baby.
- Some emmenagogues are also abortifacients, meaning they could cause your body to miscarry if you are pregnant. If there is any chance that pregnancy is the reason your period hasn’t come, do not attempt to terminate the pregnancy using herbs. This can be extremely dangerous.