How to regulate a menstrual cycle without birth control pills

Updated April 07, 2017

Women who have irregular menstrual cycles are prescribed birth control pills to help balance hormones and start regular menstruation. Having a regular menstrual period is important for women who are trying to become pregnant; women who have conditions such as endometriosis or who suffer from heavy periods also might want to regulate their cycles to lessen their symptoms. Using birth control to regulate menstruation is counterproductive for a woman who is trying to become pregnant. Irregular cycles that are caused by hormone imbalances can be regulated by diet, the use of over-the-counter herbal remedies or stronger, prescription fertility drugs.

Discuss your irregular cycles with a doctor. If you want to become pregnant, fertility drugs might regulate your menstrual cycle. Many doctors will begin by prescribing clomiphene citrate, or Clomid, to induce ovulation. If this is not effective within a few cycles, then the doctor might prescribe injectible follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) such as Gonal F or Follistim. These drugs will regulate menstrual cycles by causing the body to ovulate.

Take the prescribed medication according to your doctor's instructions. Clomid doses are usually taken from day 3 to day 7 or day 5 to day 9 of the menstrual cycle, and can be taken with or without regular monitoring such as bloodwork and ultrasounds. Injectible FSH is taken with regular monitoring, usually beginning on the third day of the menstrual cycle.

Use natural herbal products such as soy isoflavones and progesterone cream to balance your menstrual cycle's hormones without prescription medication. Regulating hormones with natural products is a good choice for women who are not looking to become pregnant but still wish to have a normal menstrual cycle. Soy isoflavone capsules work like Clomid and are taken from day 3 to day 7 or day 5 to day 9 of the menstrual cycle. The dose of soy isoflavones ranges from 50mg to 200mg; taking the lowest dose that causes a response is recommended. Once ovulation has occurred, use a progesterone supplement until the day before your expected menstrual period. The withdrawal from the progesterone will signal the uterine lining to shed, causing menstruation.

Maintain a healthy weight. Fat tissue produces excess oestrogen, which can cause irregular menstrual cycles in overweight women. For underweight women, hormone production will decrease, causing irregular periods. Maintaining a healthy weight will help to regulate menstruation for any woman, regardless of whether she is looking to conceive.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertility medication such as Clomid or Gonal F
  • Soy isoflavone capsules
  • Progesterone supplement - cream, pill, or suppository
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