Menstruation, or a period, is part of a monthly cycle in women. If a woman does not have or misses a period it is called amenorrhea. It can be:
It is often due to hormone problems. This can happen because of health problems, medicine, genes, or too much exercise. The cause will need to be treated. Some women turn to natural treatments to promote periods.
May Be Effective
Therapies that may promote periods are:
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
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B1. Mohebbi-Kian E, Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi S, et al. Efficacy of fennel and combined oral contraceptive on depot medroxyprogesterone acetate-induced amenorrhea: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Contraception. 2014 Oct;90(4):440-446.
Mentha Longifolia Syrup
C1. Mokaberinejad R, Zafarghandi N, Bioos S, et al. Mentha longifolia syrup in secondary amenorrhea: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trials. DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2012;20(1):97.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
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Traditional Persian Medicine
E1. Moini Jazani A, Hamdi K, et al. Herbal Medicine for Oligomenorrhea and Amenorrhea: A Systematic Review of Ancient and Conventional Medicine. Biomed Res Int. 2018 Mar 18;2018:3052768.
Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 11/13/2020
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