Menstruation, or a period, is part of a monthly cycle in women. If a woman does not have or misses a period it is called amenorrhea. It can be:

  • Primary—first period does not happen during the time a girl is 9 to 18 years of age
  • Secondary—three or more missed periods

It is often due to hormone problems. This can happen because of health problems, medicine, genes, or too much exercise. The cause will need to be treated. Some women turn to natural treatments to promote periods.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

Therapies that may promote periods are:

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.



REFA1 Jedel E, Labrie F, Odén A, et al. Impact of electro-acupuncture and physical exercise on hyperandrogenism and oligo/amenorrhea in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2011;300(1).


REFB1 Mohebbi-Kian E, Mohammad-Alizadeh-Charandabi S, et al. Efficacy of fennel and combined oral contraceptive on depot medroxyprogesterone acetate-induced amenorrhea: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Contraception. 2014 Oct;90(4):440-446.

Mentha Longifolia Syrup

REFC1 Mokaberinejad R, Zafarghandi N, Bioos S, et al. Mentha longifolia syrup in secondary amenorrhea: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trials. DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2012;20(1):97.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine

REFD1 Lai L, Flower A,. Standardised versus individualised multiherb Chinese herbal medicine for oligomenorrhoea and amenorrhoea in polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomised feasibility and pilot study in the UK. BMJ Open. 2017 Feb 3;7(2):e011709.

Traditional Persian Medicine

REFE1 Moini Jazani A, Hamdi K, et al. Herbal Medicine for Oligomenorrhea and Amenorrhea: A Systematic Review of Ancient and Conventional Medicine. Biomed Res Int. 2018 Mar 18;2018:3052768.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 02/2020
  • Update Date: 11/13/2020