While being a woman is beautiful in itself, it can sometimes be a pain in the neck. Especially when you’re about to go on your dream trip or attend a crazy wedding, mother nature decides to pay you a visit. Or maybe your periods are extending their stay for too long and you just need them to go.
Periods can go out of hand because of a lot of problems such as hormonal imbalance, stress, polyps in the ovaries, fibroids, and ovaries-related dysfunction.
While in some cases prolonged periods might be okay, you still need them to stop so that you can enjoy yourself. So, instead of canceling all your plans, I have a list of some of the home remedies you could try when you want your periods to end immediately.
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How To Stop Periods: 10 Best Home Remedies
Add Ginger To Your Diet
Ginger has many potential therapeutic properties and one of them is that it reduces the levels of menstrual flow. Ginger does this by lowering the levels of prostaglandins in the body. Other than that, since this food is warm in nature, it also reduces cramps and muscle aches significantly.
In fact, in a research study conducted, it was observed that high school girls who consumed ginger had significantly shorter periods than girls who did not consume any ginger.
You can either add ginger paste to your food or drink it as tea. For the tea, add a slice of ginger to the water and bring it to a boil for some time. Leave it to simmer and then strain the water, and enjoy. Drink this ginger tea twice every day.
Tamarind is known for its antioxidant properties and it can also help in reducing the menstrual blood flow. Thus, it is used as a home remedy for menstrual suppression with zero side effects.
Tamarind can be added to water and blended and this mixture can either be consumed directly or added to food. It also improves the overall circulation of blood in the body.
Eat Vitamin C-Rich Food
Vitamin C acts as a supporting character as it may help the body to absorb iron more efficiently. Along with that, vitamin C makes the food highly acidic and this could aid in controlling the periods by reducing the progesterone levels, which are at their peak during the time of the month. This is why citrus foods like lemon juice are said to be effective during periods. However, no research study has confirmed this claim yet.
Vitamin C helps in producing L-carnitine in the body and is among the best vitamins for energy levels. In addition, as it is not naturally produced in the body, you may consume it through various sources like oranges, strawberries, papaya, kale, and lemon.
Consume More Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a very important nutrient for our body. It may play an essential role in the production of red blood cells. Any kind of reduction in the red blood cells leads to a condition called as Anemia, and ultimately anemia could cause heavy menstrual bleeding.
Along with this, Vitamin A also helps in maintaining the optimal level of estrogen in the body. An increase in estrogen levels, called estrogen dominance, can cause irregular and heavy periods, as seen in many women suffering from PCOS and PCOD. Some foods rich in vitamin A are spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, and lettuce.
Staying hydrated and drinking about 8 glasses of water every day is the simplest thing you can do to make your periods end faster. It is said that the more amount of water you drink, the lesser amount of blood you lose. It may also help in keeping cramps away and also aid in maintaining the proper functioning of organs.
Drinking plenty of water not only shortens the duration of your periods and makes them stop, but it also reduces cramps and backaches during periods. This is because water makes sure that the blood isn’t thick and mucus is passed easily with clots to reduce pain. It also helps in easing the muscles of the uterus.
Consume Mustard Seeds
Mustard seeds are a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids and these fatty acids act as a good source of anti-estrogen compounds called Lignans. These lignans are not exactly anti-estrogen but they act as weak estrogens and bind to the body’s natural estrogen receptors, not leaving space for natural estrogen to bind, thus lowering its effect.
This helps in halting the periods and also regulating the estrogen levels in case there is a hormonal imbalance. Ultimately, this leads to a better-regulated menstrual flow and healthy reproductive life. Mustard seeds can be added to the food in powdered form or they can be consumed directly, but they might be bitter in taste.
Eat Iron-Rich Food
Iron deficiency in the female population is the most common cause of irregular and prolonged periods. It has been seen that the deficiency of iron in women can lead to heavy bleeding and excessive clots. Thus, eating foods that are iron-rich foods helps your body to produce healthy RBCs and may also help to regulate the flow as well.
Foods that are rich in iron include spinach, beetroot, broccoli, nuts, legumes, quinoa, and red meat.
Consume Herbs: Angelica Root And Shepherd’s Purse.
Herbs are known for their therapeutic properties and have been traditionally used for a very long time now. Especially, to regulate periods and improve reproductive health.
Angelica root is a Chinese traditional herb that is known for its regulatory properties. It helps in case of prolonged periods and reduces blood flow. Along with that, another herb belonging to the mustard family, Shepherd’s Purse can halt blood flow. It is also used for nose bleeding and to halt postpartum bleeding. Both of these can be consumed in the form of tea.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Raspberry Tea
Apple cider vinegar and raspberry tea are known for a lot of reasons. They help in controlling blood sugar levels and also reduce belly fat. But what you don’t know is, that these can be used to stop or delay your periods as well.
While a lot of people turn to contraceptives for such things, these two magic ingredients can do almost the same thing, that too without causing any harm to the body. Apple cider vinegar effectively reduces the blood flow during menstruation and causes it to stop. On the other hand, raspberry tea has been traditionally used for the longest time to reduce body aches during periods and may reduce flow.
Just add three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to some warm water and drink it thrice a day. Or you can simply prepare a tea with dried raspberry leaves and add some apple cider vinegar to it.
While we are aware of the many benefits of exercising, did you know that it helps in stopping your periods as well? It is said that exercising helps in stopping the periods early as the muscle movement and strenuous activity of the body helps the blood to move out faster. Along with this, it also brings the hormones back to their normal levels, which are disheveled while you are menstruating. Some intense exercises like jogging, hiking, and brisk walking can also help you to stop your periods early.
Although these claims are yet to be proven by a proper research study, it is still worth trying because of the other benefits it has, especially during periods.
All of the above-mentioned home remedies are short-term and they are 100% natural so they do not cause any side effects and they can be reversed when you stop following them.
While using these tips for stopping periods has not proved to cause any harm to the body, you must still be aware of yourself. If trying any of these remedies is causing you any kind of discomfort, immediately discontinue. Also, don’t forget to keep on checking with your gynecologist and see what things work best for you. Don’t forget to check the reason behind it, if you have prolonged periods.