Answer from: Moses Batwala
You have touched on that actually. It’s exactly what you’ve said: it’s diet and exercise with those two things and getting your BMI to reduce. Those will allow women to most likely have more regular periods but those are women who have raised BMIs. With women who have normal BMIs or even much lower BMIs about 18 and 19, losing weight is not going to help and in those women unfortunately, you would, at least in my books, you would need some kind of formal connect from pharmacological intervention such as the contraceptive pill or even using progesterone tablets to kind of regulate their periods or even, as I mentioned, ovarian drilling but that’s really if they’re trying to get pregnant.
Yes, the most common is diet and exercise to help you drop your BMI and by dropping your BMI, you’re going to reduce the insulin circulating in your body and that can in turn lead to decreased androgens and therefore the ovaries are able to regain their normal function.
Answer from: Stephen Davies, BSc MBBS DCH DRCOG
Weight loss, often by itself, can reverse ladies who have problems with oligomenorrhoea. So I’ve seen many ladies over the years who have erratic cycles, who have perhaps have a starting BMI of 32 or 33 over a period of maybe six months, if they lose a significant amount of weight and their BMI comes into the normal range under 30, that will often see the return of regular cycles and with that, the return of spontaneous regular ovulation.
Is there a natural way to regulate periods?
One of the symptoms of PCOS is irregular or absent menstrual period. If the period is absent for a long period, it can lead to serious conditions including cancer. Proper monitoring is needed in case of PCOS diagnosis.