Irregular period or menstruation is medically called oligomenorrhea (1). This condition is very common among women who menstruate. A women who has irregular period’s problem gets only 6 or 7 periods while a normal women gets 12 or 13 periods per year.
A menstrual cycle (2) ranges from 21 to 30 days and bleeding can happen for 2 to 7 days. It varies from women to women. A women who is affected by oligomenorrhea , a. the menstrual cycle becomes very irregular and might get periods only once in 2 months or 3 months, b. heavy or very less bleeding during menstruation.
There are many factors that might cause problems in menstruation.
- Thyroid disorders
- Weight gain/loss
- Menopause (3)
- Hormonal issues
- Liver disease
- Recent birth or miscarriage
- PCOD – Polycystic Ovarian Disease (4)
- Problems in Uterus
Apart from these, lifestyle issues like excessive exercise, overeating, alcohol. Smoking, caffeine (5), travel, stress and medications might also causes oligomenorrhea.
Having irregular periods once in a while is not very serious. Women who just attained puberty and who are nearing menopause also tend to have irregular periods (6).
There are many natural ways to correct the irregular periods. Sesame seeds are very effective in regulating menstruation.
Effect of sesame seeds on menstruation
What are sesame seeds?
Sesame seeds may be the oldest known condiment to man. Sesame seed oil is very nutritious and you can use it for many medicinal purposes. They are highly recognized for the rancid-resistant properties in their oil.
Though they are tiny in size, the nutrition information will make you go wow.
One ounce of sesame seeds contain
- Zinc (7)
- Vitamin B6
- Tryptophan (8)
How does it help to regulate menstruation?
Sesame seeds have the necessary compounds to create balance in hormones. Irregular periods are mainly because of imbalance in hormones. Regular intake of sesame seeds can help you get your periods regularly without the need for any medications. The only thing you should keep in mind is that sesame seeds are calorie rich and too much of it can increase your weight.
You can consume the seeds by the following method.
- Take 1 cup of sesame seeds (black or white)
- Heat a pan until it is warm.
- Add the sesame seeds and dry roast it for 5 minutes.
- Once it changes color, switch off the flame.
- Cool it down and store in an airtight container.
This dry roasted sesame seeds are tasty to eat. You can add little jaggery for taste.
You can also powder the dry roasted seeds and powder them for storage. Add one spoon of honey to the powder and eat it every day.
You can see better results when you consume sesame seeds in empty stomach every day in the morning. Regular intake of sesame seeds will slightly increase your body temperature and that is absolutely normal.
Will irregular menstruation cause issues in getting pregnant?
Yes, irregular periods cause difficulties in women to get pregnant. When the egg is formed and matured, it is the ideal time to conceive. When the cycle is disturbed, it becomes difficult to conceive.
Regulation of hormonal imbalance can increase the chances of getting pregnant. Sesame seeds are very effective in regulating periods.
You can correct irregular periods that are because of lifestyle issues by changing your lifestyle habits. Eating on time, exercise and reducing weight can help you regulate periods. Regular periods can keep you healthy and strong lifelong.