The article has been medically reviewed by Doctor Ramlah Tariq FCPS on/gyn, RMP, MBBS, BSc.
While periods can be bloody annoying, we need them. A regular cycle shows a good picture of our overall health and fertility. Not only that, but knowing when our period is likely to show up helps us to be prepared.
When your period is running behind schedule there can be a number of reasons for it. Make sure you check out our blog ‘Late period, negative pregnancy test, here’s why’.
If you are keen to get Aunt Flo back on a regular visiting schedule then there are a few things that are thought to help induce your period.
** Quick warning **
If your period is late and you think you may be pregnant then take a test and ensure it is negative before you try emmenagogues (herbal remedies) to induce your period. These herbal remedies may be mildly abortifacient and could cause miscarraige.
How to make your period come faster | Home remedies
Warm bath or heat compress
Having a warm bath or using a heat compress on your pelvis may increase blood flow. This may help to induce your period. It may even reduce period pain just like it is used to reduce labor pains during delivery. Read the complete research here
Whether you are enjoying and orgasm with a partner or on your own, there is thought that it can help induce your period.
When you have an orgasm your cervix will dilate, creating a vacuum that can pull down the menstrual blood. It can also contract your uterus causing it to shed its lining. You can read a little more about that here.
Worth a try – right?!
Stress is a factor for missed and delayed periods. During times of stress and anxiety our body produces cortisol as a reaction. Cortisol can cause imbalances and inhibit the production of menstrual cycle hormones progesterone and estrogen. You can find out more on how stress affects our bodies here.
The best way to counteract stress, is to relax. Take a bath, chat to a friend, read a book, pamper yourself, take part in a chilled yoga or meditation class.
Herbal remedies to bring on period
Herbal remedies to bring on period faster are called emmenagogues. They should not be used if you think you might be pregnant. If you have taken a test or know for certain that you are not pregnant, then you might consider a herbal option to bring on your period.
Black cohosh is a supplement that may help with regulating your cycle, inducing labour and to ease PMS. It even relieves symptoms of menopause. The supplement is thought to help tone the uterus and encourage the shedding of the lining. You can read more on this here.
If you are on other medications then before you start taking this supplement you should consult your doctor to learn about any interactions.
A cup of hibiscus tea each day could be helpful if you are facing irregular periods. The hibiscus flowers can help to balance progesterone and estrogen to regulate periods. Why not read some more research on this here. It is also thought to contract muscle fibers in the uterus which may induce periods.
Hormone imbalances can be a cause of irregular periods. Our Remedy CBD oil may help to balance hormones and therefore bring on your period. It is still a theoretical claim and needs a lot of research. If you are facing issues even after using it, do consult the concerned experts. Find out more about this here.
This would be part of a long term strategy to having a regular period rather than a quick fix ‘make my period come tomorrow’ type of thing.
Instead, add a daily dose of the cannabinoid to your routine and enjoy the benefits from better sleep to fewer mood swings and more balance in your hormones.
Food to make your period come faster
Eating certain types of foods, spices and herbs is thought to bring on your period. Whether you are looking for it to start earlier or to regulate it, these are some things to try.
To keep your reproductive system healthy – that includes your period – your body needs fat. I’m not talking about the fish and chips, greasy burger kind of fat here. I mean avocado, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds.
Having a healthy dose of fat will help to keep your reproductive system regular, particularly if you are an avid exerciser on a low calorie diet.
Healthy fats will also help your body to absorb vitamins A, D, E and K. This will give your body what it needs for healthy hormones.
There isn’t any solid research for this, but anecdotes tell us that pineapple could be a solution to induce your period.
The exotic fruit contains bromelain, which is an enzyme thought to impact estrogen and therefore induce a period. Read more on the effects of bromelain here.
Adding ginger to your daily diet, in your porridge, tea or cooking sauces, is thought to help reduce menstrual irregularities. You can find out more of the benefits of ginger here.
Turmeric is a spice that you would usually add to curries or in a herbal tea. It is an emmenagogue, which is thought to stimulate blood flow in the pelvis and uterus. The antispasmodic effect this spice has on the body may reduce irregular periods and induce menstruation. You can find out more here.
How to induce your period at home – Summary
- Try a warm bath
- Try herbal remedies (only if 100% sure you are NOT pregnant)
- Eat healthy fats, pineapple, ginger and turmeric
There are ways to induce your period at home, however, they would be mostly likely to work when your period is actually due.
If irregular periods are a problem for you or you have missed more than 3 consecutive periods, then you should have a chat with your doctor.
Irregular or missed periods can be a sign of a wider health issue, so it is always good to check.
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