Almost everyone knows someone with PCOS. There is a possibility that you yourself, the reader, have PCOS.
For those unfamiliar with the term Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it’s a condition wherein abnormal hormone levels lead to the development of cysts on ovaries. While the cause of this isn’t known for sure, symptoms are many and include excessive hair growth, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), obesity, and what we’re going to deal with today: irregular periods.
The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. Any fewer than eight of these cycles a year could lead to a build-up of abnormal cells and definitely merits visiting a doctor.
Here’s some things that help:
Getting to a healthy weight:
If you’re underweight or overweight, research shows that there’s a much higher chance of your periods being heavier, more painful and irregular if you aren’t manageable weight. It helps with your periods and general infertility.
Exercising more frequently
Hear me out, I'm aware it doesn't sound very original, but it does get your blood flowing (don't mind the pun). Daily walks and yoga go a long way.
Include more vitamins in your diet
Egg yolks and spinach are particularly very good for your period. You can always take supplements, but nothing beats the real deal.
Talk to your doctor about birth control
There has been a lot of research that has shown that contraceptive pills regulate and mimic a healthy menstrual cycle. Of course, that comes with its side effects, so discuss it thoroughly with professionals.
Stock up on supplies
Buy sanitary napkins in bulk if necessary, but make sure you're ready for whatever happens, whenever your period starts. This helps remove anxiety around the process.
The most important thing is to keep your wits about you and relax. Your period not arriving on time isn't the end of the world and doesn't always mean you're pregnant. We're going to get through this, one period at a time.