Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Good day, I'm a lady of 27yrs, married. I am hoping to get pregnant, but my irregular menstrual cycle is troubling me. I can't even figure my ovulation days. And another thing that annoys me is my low cervical mucus, it all started 12months ago. I want to see my doctor who told me to go for lower abdominal scan which I did, and later place me on daily pill for 3moths, but I am not regular yet. Please, I really need advice and help.
RAGINA Answer: Irregular Menstrual Cycle
I do understand your situation even if I do not have enough information. What was the result of the ultrasound or lower abdominal scan and why did the doctor put you on birth control? Did he made any diagnosis regarding your situation? Low cervical mucus and irregular periods are in most cases related to estrogen dominance. This is condition caused by the presence endocrine disruptors, which are toxins present in your foods, water and environment.
Make sure to avoid chemicals in your life, as they cause hormonal imbalance. Here are some tips to help you reduce chemicals in your life in order to increase fertility:
Don't eat processed foods
Don't apply herbicides or pesticides in your lawn or in your home
Don't drink water in plastic bottles
Don't use a microwave oven to warm or cook your food
Don't dry clean your clothes
Do not use chemicals to clean your house, make sure to choose "green" products
Absolutely don't use air fresheners, chemical perfumes and fabric softeners
In more and more young women now we see conditions related to endocrine disruptors that cause menstrual cycle irregularities like:
1. Delayed ovulation
2. Short luteal phase
3. Painful menses irregular menses
4. Irritability and moodiness
5. Pre menstrual syndrome
6. Poor cervical mucus discharge
7. Increased urinary tract infections
8. Recurrent yeast infections
9. Weak immunity and allergies
10. Inability to conceive and recurrent miscarriagesConditions Connected to Irregular Menstrual Cycles
When these hormonal disruptors are present in your water, food and in your environment, they cause your estrogen levels to rise. As a result of this progesterone levels decrease.
In fact, estrogen dominance is a condition always associated with progesterone deficiency. In some cases other females hormones may also get out of balance. These are FSH and prolactin that increase, while LH decreases.
Estrogen dominance is a condition that affects women of any age these days including newly menstruating girls. They suffer through difficult periods, which are routinely treated by doctors by birth control pill, like in your case. The problem is not solved, it is just a temporary solution, that may cause side effects and more hormonal dysfunction that over the year causes infertility among other conditions.
Other women develop estrogen dominance conditions later in life (30s and 40s), especially has their body levels of toxicity increase and the liver is no longer able to excrete the excess estrogen.
These is a list of other conditions related to women's health and caused by estrogen dominance:
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Fibrocystic breast disease
Inability to lose weight
Blocked fallopian tubesDiet And Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Estrogen dominance syndrome can be counteracted by a diet that is high in fiber because fibers are capable of binding with body toxins that overload the function of the liver.
When the liver in under-functioning, fibers assist the body in eliminating excess estrogens that can be eliminated through the bowels.
Women who suffer from constipation are more at risk of developing estrogen dominance.
have shown that circuiting estrogen decreases in women who eat a diet that is high in fibers.Xenoestrogens And Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Xenoestrogens are hormonal disruptors responsible for estrogen dominance conditions, that are now reaching epidemic levels. They are everywhere in our modern life style. Nobody can avoid them, we can only try to reduce and limit exposure, but ultimately everyone will need to detox.
Xenoestrogens are in young women like yourself most likely the main cause of irregular menstrual cycles. They are PCBs, DDT, phthalates, and pesticides. The sad news is that even if most of these compounds have been banned in North America and In Europe, they are still widely used in third-world countries and thus continue to pollute our planet.
The next sad news is that men are now also affected by these xenoestrogens and suffer more than before from reproductive disorders like:
Poor sperm count
Low sperm motility
Weight gain and insulin resistanceAlternative Medicine For Irregular Cycle1. Fertility Detox
The first step in addressing irregular menstrual cycles includes supporting the liver through a fertility cleanse. The main function of the liver is to detoxify the body from harmful toxins including excess estrogen. The liver is the largest organ in the human body and from time to time becomes engorged or sluggish. Herbal remedy can stimulate the liver to eliminate excess toxins and resume normal functioning.
If you suffer from some of the problems I mention earlier, it is very possible that toxins may be causing estrogen dominance and ultimately irregular menstrual cycle. You may want to talk to a naturopath or homeopath regarding doing a fertility cleanse.
The next step after doing a fertility detox is to stimulate the body to produce a healthy egg every month and regulate your periods.
2. Fertility Supplements
It is important to address irregular cycles from many angles. Most women lack very important minerals (zinc, selenium, iron, magnesium) and vitamins (vitamin B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin C, A and E) that affect their menstrual cycle. If you have an irregular menstrual cycle, you will benefit from taking fertility vitamins. Some products also include specific fertility herbs like Vitex and Red Clover. Vitex agnus castus is the herb mostly recommended by alternative practitioners to regulate the cycles and stimulate ovulatory cycles.
Studies have shown that Vitex increases progesterone production and decreases estrogen dominance by stimulating the pituitary gland in producing luteinizing hormone (LH). LH surge is responsible for ovulation and for stimulating the production of progesterone. Women who take Vitex are capable of regulating their menstrual cycle after 3-6 months because their levels of progesterone production increase counteracting high estrogen levels.
Red Clover is used in western herbal tradition to balance estrogen levels and to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Low cervical mucus sis also an indication of low progesterone. By taking Vitex and Red Clover this problem can also be resolved. There are some supplements that can help speed up cervical mucus production to increase conception. These supplements that like evening primrose oil can make a huge difference in the quality and quantity if the fertile mucus a woman can produce.
A natural approach to irregular periods is always the best way to go, especially if you want to have a baby. But they shouldn't be used in conjunction with birth control pill. Talk to your doctor about a more natural approach to your problem.
To improve your situation, I would recommend taking evening primrose oil and FertilCM with fertility vitamins.
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