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As women, we have a love-hate relationship with periods. Every time aunt Flo knocks at our doors, we go on a world-hating rant and cry our hearts out (read cramps and PMS symptoms). On the other hand, if our periods are delayed, there is an altogether different kind of stress that takes over. Some people say that eating certain foods can induce periods. Well, sorry to burst your bubble.
This is a subject Dr Tanaya Narendra aka dr_cuterus has touched upon in her recent Instagram post!
“Yeah, you read that right. There are no foods that are scientifically proven to help you in the early arrival of your period, “ she says.
Furthermore, Dr Narendra adds, “Substances called emmenagogues are supposedly useful in helping with delayed periods, but umm they don’t really do that.”
So ladies, consuming raw papaya, turmeric, oranges, pineapples and even some herbs will NOT help you bring on a delayed period. “In fact, some researchers even believe that these substances were actually used to induce abortions secretly.”
There are others who also believe that vitamin C, which is also called ascorbic acid, can help to induce period. That’s because vitamin C is said to elevate estrogen levels and lower progesterone in the body. This, in turn, helps your uterus to contract, which breaks down the lining of the uterus. But how much of it is true?
Dr Cuterus advises everyone to chill and calm down a little. That’s because stress releases cortisol, and that can truly delay periods. “Other than that, orgasms can really help in bringing your period,” she adds.
The good stuff from your hormones plus those squeezy contractions in your pelvis, when orgasming, can really get your periods flowing. Plus, they also help you relax, which is a good thing!
You could also try and take a warm bath that helps to relax tight muscles, and helps to relieve emotional stress. Try and use some relaxing essential oil to soothe your senses.
But even after this, if your periods don’t arrive on time (and you are overall healthy), then it’s time to see a doctor.
Your doctor can then check if there’s some hormonal issue that needs to be diagnosed, which is causing a “traffic jam in your period factory.”
Oh, and eating papaya after papaya won’t help. So, STOP right away!