A regular menstrual cycle reflects a healthy uterus. But there are times when you may want to induce your period, especially when it’s been irregular. While your menses follow a regular 28 to 30 days cycle, there are some foods you can eat to induce it.

1. Ginger
This everyday herb does magic when it comes to inducing your periods. Ginger is thought to increase the heat around the uterus, thus promoting contraction. Ginger can be consumed in the form of tea or fresh ginger juice with some honey. Drink one cup of fresh ginger juice with water (2:1) every morning on an empty stomach, 15 to 18 days before your monthly date. (Related Article: Regenerative Properties Of Ginger Tea)

2. Papaya
This fruit is rich in carotene, which stimulates the production of the hormone estrogen which assists in inducing an early period. Papaya can be consumed raw or in the form of papaya juice two times a day. One cup of papaya juice (approx 200ml) or one bowl of fresh ripe papaya can be eaten around the middle of the cycle for this.

3. Sesame Seeds
These heat-producing seeds can be eaten daily around 15 days before your expected date to help you get your period earlier. You can also have a teaspoon of sesame seeds two times a day with hot water.

4. Vitamin C-Rich Foods
High doses of vitamin C can induce menses by increasing the levels of estrogen in the body. Increased levels of this hormone stimulates uterine contractions, which in turn stimulates bleeding. Vitamin C can also reduce progesterone levels, which initiate the breakdown of the uterine walls, leading to an early period. Foods rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, kiwis, and vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli and bell peppers can be included in your daily diet. Vitamin C supplements can also help and should be taken at the discretion of a physician or healthcare professional.

5. Pomegranate
The juice of pomegranate seeds is also helpful in inducing periods. Drink this juice three times a day at least 10 to 15 days before your regular date. Alternatively, mix pomegranate juice with sugar cane juice (1:1) and drink it four times a day. (Related Article: Pomegranate Juice: The Antioxidant Power Punch)

Note: It isn’t advisable to force changes in your menstrual cycle, unless absolutely essential. While these foods are known to induce periods, they cannot be completely relied upon.