Missed or Irregular Periods - Home Treatment
There is no home treatment for
missed or irregular periods. But the following information may help you
find the cause of your missed or irregular periods:
- Eat a balanced diet. Being underweight or
overweight can cause missed and irregular periods. For more information, see
Healthy Eating and
- If you are an
endurance athlete, you may have to cut back on your
training. Be sure to talk with your doctor about hormone and calcium
supplements to protect against bone loss if you are missing periods. For more
information, see the topic
If you think you might be pregnant
home pregnancy test if you have had sex since your last period. If the result is positive, practice the following good health habits
until you see your doctor:
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Do not smoke
or use other tobacco products.
- Do not use alcohol or
- Avoid caffeine, or limit your intake to about 1 cup of
coffee or tea each day.
- Do not clean a cat litter box, to avoid the
risk of toxoplasmosis.
- Avoid people who are ill.
- Take a
vitamin supplement that contains folic acid or a prenatal vitamin.
If the home pregnancy test is negative but you continue to
have pregnancy symptoms, it is a good idea to see your doctor to confirm the
results. Practice good health habits until you see your doctor.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- You have early symptoms of pregnancy, such as:
- Missed periods.
- Breast tenderness or
- Nausea and vomiting.
- You have missed more than two menstrual periods
in a row.