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What Happens When Menstruation is Delayed?

When a woman is on birth control pills for a while and then decides to go off them, it could take some time before her period becomes regular.  Birth control pills contain hormones that stop the ovaries from producing eggs that would otherwise be fertilized during pregnancy.

When a woman chooses to go off her birth control pills, her hormones change and it could take several weeks until her menstrual cycle becomes regular again.  A woman who is experiencing an irregular menstrual cycle after going off  her birth control pills should seek her gynecologist’s help.

Around the same time each month the lining of the woman’s uterus becomes thick and full of blood in preparation for the woman to get pregnant.  When the woman does not become pregnant the uterus sheds its lining.  This causes the menstrual blood.  When a woman menstruates she typically loses approximately two to four tablespoons of blood during her period.  Some women may lose more blood than that.  This excessive loss of blood can cause anemia.

Most women begin their periods around the age of thirteen and tend to menstruate until they reach their fifties.  A typical period cycle runs every twenty-eight to thirty-four days.  A woman who is getting a healthy period each month can expect to bleed thirteen times a year and 450 times a lifetime.  The bleeding is caused by the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.  The estrogen causes the uterus lining to become thick and filled with blood.  The progesterone produces chemicals that the body uses for pregnancy.  If the woman does not become pregnant her uterus lining breaks and releases the chemicals through her blood.

Birth control pills typically contain synthetic versions of estrogen and progesterone.  These synthetic hormones cause the ovaries to stop producing eggs so that the woman cannot become impregnated.  The synthetic hormones also make the cervix’s mucus thick so that the man’s sperm cannot penetrate the uterus.

If a woman has recently gone off her birth control pills and is not getting a regular period she can try drinking a hot mixture of a teaspoon of parsley and chamomile.  This mixture will bring on the period, relieve the cramps associated with menstruation and regulate her period.

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In: Menstrual Problems, Posted 9 years ago

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