Many people use natural remedies to try and induce a period. There is no scientific evidence that these methods work, but there are few risks associated with trying them.
Natural remedies that some people use to try to bring on a period include:
Pineapple is rich in bromelain, an enzyme that some believe may affect estrogen and other hormones.
Research suggests that bromelain may help reduce inflammation, which means it could help with some causes of irregular periods that involve inflammation.
However, there is no research to say that consuming pineapple or bromelain supplements will induce a period.
Some people believe that eating large amounts of vitamin C can help to bring on a period. This may be due to possible effects vitamin C has on estrogen and progesterone levels, which are the hormones responsible for the timing of the menstrual cycle.
There is no scientific evidence to support this, but increasing dietary intake of vitamin C is not harmful.
To increase vitamin C intake, try eating:
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale
- citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits
- cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts
Emmenagogues are herbs that some people believe can bring on a menstrual period. People sometimes use chamomile, parsley, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, and oregano for this purpose.
Some also say that pomegranate, celery, papaya, fenugreek, and chicory are emmenagogues.
Most methods discussed above are safe and should not present any risk to healthy adults.
It is essential that people buy any herbal supplements from a reputable source because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate herbal products and supplements. Also, anyone with a known or suspected allergy to any of the herbs, foods, or supplements should avoid taking them.
Hormonal birth control can cause side effects and may not be right for everybody. Though rare, the birth control pill can increase a person’s risk of developing a blood clot or having a stroke or heart attack.
People who smoke or who are above the age of 35 are at higher risk for complications from the pill. When considering hormonal birth control, speak with a doctor about individual risk factors.