Irregular periods may be a nuissance at times, but they certainly don't need to be considered our foes and be treated like they are a sign of sickness.
The pharmaceutical industry, specifically the manufacturers of birth control pills, would have us believe we need to have regular periods, or else, something is wrong with us. Thirty years of indoctrination is just about enough.
There is no scientific evidence to link irregular periods alone to serious illness.
Of course, we would all like to be able to predict when our next period will come. It would help with contraception- 14 days from ovulation the period arrives unless we are pregnant.
We would also love to know when we should wear those beautiful white pants, or take that romantic vacation without interference from the pesky period.
But life is not that predictable. Our bodies are beautiful and complicated creations.
To try to make them into automatons is dangerous and will never work.
Periods are irregular for many normal reasons:
- Ovulation does not occur every month and when it doesn't occur, we don't have periods. Young women below the age of 24 have fewer ovulatory cycles and thus more irregular periods. Anovulatory cycles and irregular periods on their own with no other symptoms associated with them do no harm.
- Stress, traumatic experiences, even wether changes, may cause periods to become irregular. That is not a sign that something is wrong with them, but rather a sign that we should become more aware of our surroundings and how they affect our bodies.
- After pregnancy, and as we age, periods become irregular because ovulation becomes less frequent. Unless you are trying to get pregnant, this situation should not force you to become scared or do anything about it.
- Unless irregular periods are associated with other symptoms like weight gain, unusual hair growth, personality changes or ever increasing symptoms of hormone imbalance, it is best to leave well enough alone. The human body has a wonderful way of rebalancing and calibrating itself if well nurtured and supported.
Being shackled into the belief that regular periods are a must, that we are defined by the presence or absence of the period, we become victims. The birth control industry and the dangers of side-effects from taking synthetic medications that override our natural system and hormone balance will create problems for us where there are none.
Birth control pills cause many of the symptoms I see that gynecologists treat with antidepressants and other potentially dangerous medications.
Hot flashes, depression, weight gain, night sweats and loss of libido often go away when the birth control pill is stopped and the woman is allowed to go back to her normal state of balance.
Free of fear that irregular periods are dangerous or the defining factor in your life, look upon your period as only a small part of the beautiful mind and body you have. Enhance your life through increasing your awareness of how you feel and treat your body and mind gently through better diet, exercise and stress management, not drugs!