Effects of Irregular Periods on Body

A normal menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days plus or minus 7 days. Menstruation usually starts at puberty (10-16yr old) and continues throughout a women’s life until menopause (45-55yr old). Absence of menstruation is called Amenorrhea and occurs when there is no period in the month. Irregular cycles, called oligomenorrhea is when bleeding occurs more frequently, when periods are late, or when bleeding exists for more than 8 days. >

Both amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea are abnormal and indicative of a hormonal imbalance. A hormonal imbalance relates to the production of the hormones involved in menstruation--oestrogen and progesterone.

Disruption to these hormones can occur as a result of using hormonal contraception methods, changes around menopause, endurance exercise, weight loss or weight gain, stress, eating disorders, and glandular disorders, or conditions such as PCOS, Cushing’s disease, and hypothyroidism.

If menstruation stops or is irregular it’s important to find out why. If not pregnant, this is an indication of an imbalance in the body that needs addressing.

The absence of menstruation implies that ovulation hasn’t occurred and for those wanting to conceive this is a problem.

Addressing hormonal imbalances requires a multifaceted approach including investigating diet, stress levels, and emotional states.

In yoga therapy it is often inferred that when the body stops functioning in some way, especially in regards to the reproductive system, there has been a proceeding emotional event.

When no obvious cause of menstrual dysfunction is apparent, we look toward the mental and emotional state of the individual. Yoga therapy aims to restore balance to the body by managing stress, or trauma and by supporting the glands and organs involved in hormone production.

Yoga asana does more than stretch the muscular system, but also tones, massages and stimulates internal organs. This gentle activation of glands can help stimulate the production of hormones and a regulating of the endocrine feedback system.