Natural Cures for an Irregular Menstrual Cycle

| Modified on Jul 14, 2021

If you have ever missed a cycle, your first thought was likely “Am I pregnant?” followed by a quick second thought of “Is there something wrong?” In any case, if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, a condition known as amenorrhea, we’d like to offer you a few natural remedies to help you regulate your period and feel your best. A few of our favorite treatments are apple cider vinegar, saffron, and tomato juice.

What Is Amenorrhea?

The actual definition for amenorrhea is very broad – the absence of menstruation including one or more missed menstrual periods. However, you can narrow the condition down with a few more specific factors. Typically, women are considered to have the condition if they have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row or have not begun menstruation by the age of 15.

One of the most common causes of amenorrhea is actually pregnancy. However, issues with the reproductive organs and problems with the production and regulation of hormones are also common causes.

How Do I Know if I Have Amenorrhea?

You may be concerned that you have amenorrhea upon initially missing a period or even just being late starting your cycle; however, this issue is not the only indicator of the condition. In addition to the absence of menstruation, you will likely also experience milky nipple discharge, hair loss, headache, vision changes, facial hair growth, pelvic pain, and acne if you have the condition.

Will Natural Remedies Help Regulate My Menstrual Cycle?

Several herbs and nutritional remedies can be used to offer relief and promote regular menstruation. A few of our most-trusted treatment options include apple cider vinegar, saffron, and tomato juice.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is a naturally acidic liquid, which makes it the perfect option to balance the body’s pH and promote normal hormone production. This treatment also contains a number of important vitamins and minerals, including iron, phosphorus, and vitamin B12, that promote regular menstrual cycles.

2. Saffron

Saffron is an effective treatment as it helps reduce inflammation as well as stress in the body. Both of these factors are key contributors to amenorrhea.

3. Tomato Juice

Tomato juice contains key ingredients and nutrients that promote blood flow, making it a perfect treatment for amenorrhea. Drink two to three glasses daily for the best results.

In addition to these natural treatments, we suggest following a healthy diet and staying active to promote menstrual regularity. Continue reading below for many more remedies presented to us by Earth Clinic contributors, or let us know what other treatments have worked for you!

Also check out our related pages on:
Cures for Menstruation Issues
Home Remedies for Menstrual Cramps


Posted by Fortune (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) on 04/27/2013

I want to appreciate your kind support to improve the health of people arround the globe, I know I will testify too from your advice, I am 31yrs lady old from Nigeria, married for 3yrs now no child, thou had a still birth[36wks old pregnancy] on the 26th of March, 2012, after the stillbirth delivery [not cs but vaginal delivery] my doctor adviced me to come for evacuation of retained particles of conception after a week because I was experiencing severe stomach pain[lower abdominal pains], after the evacuation I was fine, no pains, no more retained particles of conception from the ultra scan result, 6months after my menses didnt show up so I went back to the doctor and he recommended bromegon a hormonal drug to stop the flow of my breast milk, I have gone for a fresh scan the result shows am ok but the eggs on the left ovary are poor, fluid on the right ovary, I am not pregnant and my flow refuse to show up till now, even after all the recommended medication. Pls what do I do for I am in a fix. thanking you for you kind response, please reply me via forcomdev(at) gmail [dot] com.

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

yes! yes! yes! FORTUNE, such a lovely name! You have gone though a lot emotionally with the expectancy , the dreams and then the loss. Then the health battles and meds. You are probably having some stress symptoms and need to totally PAMPER yourself with baths , walks, books that encourage you and laughter and new dreams.

Dr. John Lee was an ob/gyn that found the medical system he was educated in was in error , based on how the treatments were affecting his patients. He Wrote books on premenopause and menopause. I think the menopause one has the most information and I own both of them. What your doctor may not tell you about menopause. I read a lot of books and his is very to the point and precise on evey topic. No wasted words.

Fortune, May your loss be restored twofold, love... Joy

Replied by Mikocampos
(Orlando, Florida)

My wife drinks ginger tea for amenorrhea. She boils it with tea leaves and drinks at least 3x a day. Ginger has properties that stimulate menstrual period and eases menstrual cramps. It is one of the most common remedy for amenorrhea. It's another herb remedy worth to try.

Posted by Leslie (Manila, Philippines) on 06/20/2012

Hello earth clinic! Late last year I was diagnosed with ENDOMETRIOSIS WITH ADENOMYOSIS. I had 5 days periods (28 days cycle), extremely painful, extremely heavy with cramping. Every time I have periods I always took pain reliever for 5 days even during my ovulation days. This is so unusual to me, because normally I had 5 days 28 days cycle, tolerable pain, and normal flow periods.

Before I settle to my doctor's decision I opted to search for natural remedies. On searching I found earth clinic, read all the comments and replies to all queries.

Hesitantly, I tried (last march 2012) the blackstrap molasses (organic, unsulphured), 1 tablespoon an hour after meals, 2x a day. Indeed the pain disappeared, so I decided to continue drinking until the next month period (april), I was stunned that my period has stopped (amenorrhea) up until present. Though, on my part it was beneficial because my ob-gyn planned is to halt my period temporarily. At present, still I continue drinking my black strap molasses but with a mixed of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon an hour after meals, 2x a day.

Before I will discontinue the BSM and ACV I would like to ask questions, am I doing it right? Or do I need to stop drinking the BSM & ACV or do I need to drink supplements? I read Ted's replied that Vitamin B complex, magnesium supplements and vitamin E helps improve menstruation. (

Please advise me what to do next, thank you so much.

Posted by Puja (Nagpur, Maharashtra, India) on 10/21/2011

Hello I am 28 years old married girl, my monthly cycle do not come by itself, when I take contraceptive pills then only my menses comes, otherwise not. For the first also I had taken medicine named LYNORAL to start my menses... Doctor were saying that after marriage this problem will be solved automatically but now it is 2.5 years since I got married but I am not getting my menses by itself... My Parents are so much worried for me since 10 years........ Doctors said your uterus is small in size and hormones are not automatically building up in your body...

Please suggest me some remedy, I will be very thankful to you please, please I beg.

Replied by T
(Houston, Usa)

Puja, Please google 'pranic healing'. You can learn to do it yourself, or you can find many healers especially in India who can do this for you. Within a few sessions your condition can be shifted.

Good Luck, T

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Puja, The Indian herb Shatavari is worth looking into, just search amenorrhea and shatavari, it is used with success for a lot of women. Also shilajit just to make sure you are getting your minerals. I believe iodine is very important but always start off on a low dose and build up the amount. Iodine is not just for the thyroid but some of its other benefits are for female hormones, fibrocystic breasts and ovary issues. You can use lugols iodine internally, I started with 1 drop a day for around a week then went to 1 drop twice a day for about a week. I also take some magnessium, selenium and vit c which help the iodine to be utilised. If you are having no cleansing reactions you can increase the dose. There is info here on EC about iodine. All the best.

Replied by Shau
(Manama, Manama, Bahrain)

Dear Puja... I was also dealing with same problem for 2 years but just last week I got my periods and I am so happy that my decision of not taking hormonal pills proves to be correct. Because once you supply hormones artificially to your body then the natural hormonal cycle will become more inactive.

Now coming to the point that what I used as medicine is a natural herbal formula by Dr. Christopher. The medicine is available by the name-Dr. Christopher's Female Reproductive formula. My Naturopath has told me to take this for 3 months and then stop to see whether the cycle has normalized. This is my first month of treatment. Hope this will cure my problem of Amenorrhea.

Posted by Kia (India, Maharashtra) on 09/19/2011

Pls suggest remedies for Ammonehrea - lack of menses...

Will ACV help in that? Also because mainly I have read ACV helps to decrease the flow.... Please help and post.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Sage tea (the regular spice "salvia") one or two a day has helped people I know.

Replied by T
(Houston, Usa)


Please look into 'pranic healing'. It is brilliant for any type of menstrual or women issues. Good luck

Replied by Kia
(Mumbai, India)

Thanks guys but want to know if ACV will also help.... or I shouldn't take it....

Replied by Vanu
(Pune, India)

@kia I'm also having the same problem. I just wanna know did you find any remedy for amenorrhea. I am 32 and having no chid plz let me know if ACV worked or any other remedy. Thanks a lot

Replied by Latha
(Chennai, India)

Hi I too got the same problem. After getting into this site I started to do some modification in diet.

1. Cut down all the sugar, coffee, tea and refined flour items.

2. change to vegan diet. eat salads mostly with raw fruits and vegetables.

3. Have a glass of raw beet root juice in empty stomach.

4. Have acv 2 times a day.

5. Do exercise, just 30 min of brisk walk.

I am sure u will start finding the difference . All for the best.

Replied by Azdevka12
(San Diego, Ca)

I am 49 y.o. and had severe bleeding with pain I had never experienced in my life. Thanks to this site I found the remedies. ACV and BSM 3 times a day. That stopped the pain and bleeding in couple of days. But today is day 12, but still spotting... Not like all day long but sometimes in the morning and it stops. Then next day couple of drops at night time and no more till next day. I am still taking ACV, BSM, Maca powder half of tbs twice a day, Vit A, Cod liver oil... What I need to do to stop completely my spotting? Today I started MSM powder. Pls, suggest me... I am really frustrated. Thanks.

Replied by Jon
(Othello, Wa, Usa)

For spotting many women get relief with red raspberry leaf. 1-3 cups a day with 1 teaspoon of dried leaf per cup as a tea or equivalent capsules.

Replied by Heather

Hi, I would advise getting a blood test to check your iron levels and quality of red blood cells etc and I would recommend talking this through with a doctor/gynocolgist and having a smear/pap test and ultrasound to check for fibroids/ cysts etc. While lots of us have mensturation challenges we shouldn't accept this as normal and should try and work through our problems to get a better quality of life. I woul guess you are anemic but you need this confirmed with a blood test as too much iron in blood is not good either. Anemia can cause prolonged bleeding but other issues can too which is why you need to rule these out with other tests.

Replied by Azdevka12
(San Diego, Ca)

Thank you for your reply... I will try it.

Posted by Vanessa (St Louis, Mo) on 09/09/2011

I was diagnosed at 17 with PCOS and have gone over a year at times with no period (amenorrhea). I am now in my 30's and have no children, although married over 5 years. I actually started taking a magnesium supplement after reading that it might help with restless leg syndrome. The second day after taking it, I began menstruating. It did not seem to help with the RLS, however, so I stopped taking it. After a while of again having no period, I decided to take magnesium and see if it would bring on menstruation again. It DID. I have continued to take magnesium for about a year in the same fashion when I haven't had a period in a couple of months and it brings one on EVERY TIME. I have found NOTHING written online about magnesium being a cure for amenorrhea and find it very hard to believe that nobody else has ever discovered this. Has anyone else ever heard about a connection there? (And I have only been taking the run of the mill drug store magnesium oxide! After reading on this site, I will be trying a more absorbable version and take it much more often and see if that helps with the RLS. ) Also, if magnesium can bring on menstruation; maybe it can help with fertility? Could it be possible that my problems have just been a magnesium deficiency this whole time?! What do you think?

Replied by Katie M
(Kentucky, Usa)

Vanessa, I also have amenorrhea to the point where I go for a year without menstruating. For awhile I was having maybe 1 light period a year, if that. This past April I changed my diet. I stopped eating dairy and all animal products (whole foods plant based diet, or vegan). In late May I was menstruating. And again in early July! I couldn't believe it. Not only to have it come on ONCE, but TWICE and seemingly in a "normal" time frame (the "28 day" cycle) was just amazing. I chalked it up to too many hormones in the animal products I had been eating causing an imbalance. I was due again in September but nothing happened. But, I started again in October. 3 periods within a short time frame is a HUGE deal for me.

Anyway, I was reading recently about low estrogen and I DID read that low estrogen and a magnesium deficiency are linked. So, I am not surprised you had success with the magnesium supplements! I suspect that I have a similar issue. I am glad I found these posts! Earth Clinic should make an "ailment" page for Amenorrhea...

Replied by Keri
(Cheshire, Uk)

I am replying to the email about magnesium supplements that will help with amenorrhea, this is definately the case and we are all lacking in this mineral as there is non present in the soil these days. Magnesium citrate and mag oil applied topically will deal with these issues plus infertility, pantothenic acid b5 will also work. I had blocked tubes and I was told that I wouldn't have children. I now have a boy 5 and a girl 4. Praise god. Look up dr mark sircus for more info on magnesium.

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Posted by Leeno (Exton, Pa) on 07/14/2021

ACV is amazing once again!! My daughter, age 15 (now 16) missed her period since May, it is now July. I came to Earth Clinic to see what they would suggest and since I've seen the positive affects of ACV for so many different things, and she is used to taking it for cramps, I figured we'd give it a shot. Well, to our amazement this little gem worked immediately once again! In only 3 days she got her period--we couldn't believe it!

The first 2 days she only took one tablespoon mixed with a glass of water after breakfast. We kept forgetting to take the second glass at night after dinner so on the third day we did that and the next days she got her period. I can't tell you what a relief this was for both of us. Once again, Apple Cider Vinegar has come to the rescue!! :)

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Posted by Lea (Lake Charles, LA) on 03/01/2020

ACV works!

I am in myid 40s and missed 2 periods for the first time ever. My cycles were always 21 days apart since onset at 9. I've struggled with bulimia for 15 years and recently revisited some old habits and my cycle suddenly stopped. I came to this site, wishing I had came sooner, but drank 2 teaspoons of organic acv in water and a few days later my cycle came! I have always been a believer of the healing effects of acv but had no idea it helped with hormones.

Once again you saved my life EarthClinic. THANK YOU!

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Posted by Alice Cornmeal (Oakwood, Georgia) on 01/22/2013

I have had an irregalar and horrible period since I began my menstrual cycle. I started at age 11 and now I am 26, soon to be 27 in March. Oddly, I can count on one hand how many times I've had cramps during a menstrual cycle. I have been hospitalized twice for anemia and I have had 7 blood transfusions. When I was dealing with this as a teenager I was terrified and I hated going to school as you can imagine. I thought I had cancer, etc... I have been on numerous brands of birth control pills, which caused pain a blood clots. The last time I was hospitalized for anemia, I received 2 depo shot and was discharged with a prescription for birth control pills. I was advised to take 2 birth control pills a day. I have had test ran, vaginal ultrasounds, etc... The doctors still could not tell me what was wrong. They said, "Some women just bleed! " So, I was thinking that I couldn't have children, I was infertile! Until 2009, I had my son. Then, in 2011, I had my daughter by c-section. I also got my tubes tied. The doctor that performed the surgery said that everything is fine in that region. Recently, I started my period and it has not stopped. I thought that this nightmare was over since I haven't really had any problems since 2008.

I really hope that ACV works because I have exhausted all other options. Trust me I have tried everything, even the gyn!! I'm not trying to take birth control pills again because they cause more problems than they help and I most definitely do not want my uterus removed.

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Posted by Eunicycle (Honolulu, Hi, United States) on 10/22/2010

I also missed my period and am not pregnant. I did ACV and I got it within a couple days!! Wow a miracle cure!! I love this site and I love ACV! Thank You so muchhhhh!! :)

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Posted by Somewhereinchina (Beijing, China) on 12/01/2009

I just wanted to say I am so grateful one of my friends told me about this site! As an American living in Beijing, I am a bit hesitant to go to the doctor unless its a total emergency...But when I hadn't had my period for 6 months (not preggers), I thought I may have to go to a doc. Then i saw this site! I drank Apple cider vinegar for 2 days- one 8 oz. glass of water with 3 tablespoons once in AM, once in PM. My period just came! I'm a believer!

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Posted by Yaa (Chicago, Illinois) on 09/23/2008

I have been suffer from not having a period but I noticed that after taking the ACV for 3 days that my period would start and would last for at least 4 days. has any one heard of this and do you think its ok to keep doing this. I have tried the pills, but I hate pills. please reply

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Posted by Chantal (Kingston, Jamaica) on 08/03/2017

Good day, I have recently started to take 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses of a dosage every morning and night with a glass of warm water, i am starting to see changes (my period is here) and i haven't seen it in 8 months. I only wish to continue this treatment and hope to improve on my medical problems. I started this treatment less than 2 weeks now. I only need my ph levels to be balanced, really tired of the embarrassing odor. I even mixed some baking soda and apple cider vinegar as a face mask, all my blemishes are gone and i have been struggling for years to get rid of it, I have never yet experience that with my other treatments.

Thanks to this site i am finally, experiencing extreme changes that my doctors could not help with. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Ines (Lisboa) on 09/27/2015

PCOS and amenorrhea:

Dear all, I would like to share my successful case. After taking the contraceptive pill for many years, I decided to quit taking it because of its side effects. I was really worried because I was having a mestrual cycle every 3 months (if I was lucky) after quitting it. In order to return to my normal monthly cycle, I tried many herbs and dietary changes with little success. After trying and trying, I finally came accross She Oak (Australian Bush) flower essence. I took it every single day for several months until I had regular cycles once more (7 drops in the morning and 7 drops at night). I have been having regular cycles (28 -30 days) ever since (and I am not taking it any longer).

It was a very long time ago :) I hope this information reaches someone in need of hope as I was. It might not be a solution for everyone but It is definitely worth trying Xx

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Posted by Colleen (Illinois) on 01/22/2017

Starting using Unsulphered Blackstrap molasses, suddenly got my period again after 2 years.


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Posted by Libraloveshealth (Los Angeles ) on 02/27/2017

Use to suffer irregular periods. Figs are another thing that can start your periods. Eat a serving or two of figs a day. It will trigger your period to start. it is a good source of copper, vitamin b6, magnesium, etc. All the things your thyroid needs to signal your hormones to do what they need to do. I had some dried figs which tried to start my period quickly even though I am not due for it yet. This is a great remedy.

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