Irregular period or oligomenorrhea is a common issue among women. Some of the factors that cause this problem are hormonal imbalance, miscarriage, weight loss or gain, eating disorders, liver diseases, thyroid problems, and other health condition. Aside from these, there are also lifestyle triggers that can contribute to irregular periods, such as too much caffeine or alcohol intake, smoking, birth control pills, stress, and travel.
Missed menstruation can cause panic and unwanted stress. That’s why, for women suffering from irregular periods, some natural remedies can provide some help.
Papaya or pawpaw is a natural source of various vitamins and nutrients that are needed by our body for normal functioning. Its fruit has a luscious taste and can be eaten outright once it is ripe. The whole fruit, including other parts of the tree, possesses health benefits in several ways.
When it comes to irregular periods, papaya contains carotene that helps stimulate the production of estrogen hormone. It also enables contraction and proper functioning of the uterus thus producing heat and inducing period in women handling difficulty in their menstrual cycle.
Dr. Sadhna Singhal, a Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynecology says that:
“Papayas help in regulating the menstrual cycles. Raw papayas contain a lot of heat that helps in stimulating the production of estrogens in the body, which results in normalizing periods.”
Furthermore, she added that:
“Raw papaya helps in increasing the blood flow during menstruation as it enables the proper functioning of the uterus muscles.”
No wonder, it is advised to abstain from this fleshy fruit during pregnancy since it induces periods or menses more frequently.
How To Use
Consume raw papaya or its juice form twice a day. One cup of papaya juice (approx200ml) or a bowl of fresh papaya can be eaten around the middle of the cycle for significant effect.
Take note that raw papaya helps normalize the menstrual cycle and not ripe papaya.