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Cheryl_W November 4th, 2009 10:58 AM

How to induce AF.
So, still spotting today. So I decided to do a different kind of research in Google, and look for ways to make your period START. I'm trying as many of them as humanly possible. Here is a list of the ones I'm using, I'll update as I find out more - but if anybody else is waiting impatiently for AF, why not give a few of these a shot so we can be mildly more scientific? LOL

**Disclaimer - I don't know if any of these are actually harmful. Do your own research if you're worried. I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV - so take this advice as the copy/pasted Google research it is, not gospel.

Ginger or ginger tea - Definitely trying this one, I love ginger. Also said to help with nausea and cramping. Trying the tea, as well as adding ginger to lunch.

Accupressure - there are 3 pressure points you can use yourself that will apparently start your period.

The first one is in the webbing between your thumb and index finger. You'll feel a spot there that kind of feels like touching a bruise when you apply pressure (its right next to your index finger bone, where it joins with your thumb bone). Rub there for 30 seconds, wait a few minutes, and repeat until you get bored of it. (This is also said to induce labor, and help relieve pain from contractions - GOOD TO KNOW! :D ) This made me cramp up, maybe its working.

The second is on your back. Basically it is a fingers' width above the top of your bum-crack. You should feel a little indentation, along with the same "bruise-like" feeling. This did nothing but release some tension in my back.

The third is on your ankle. Start at that big ball that is your ankle bone on the inside of your ankle, and go up 4 finger widths. You should find a spot there with the same bruise like feeling, and maybe even an indent. Apply pressure for 30 seconds, release. Repeat. Everyone I saw who tried this got AF within a few hours, so it is definitely worth a shot (even one girl with PCOS and a totally unpredictable cycle.) So far it has made me really crampy, and kinda tired - hopefully thats a sign.

Parsley tea is apparently another option. I'm not sure of the recipe, you'll have to look it up.

Exercise, of course - just don't wear a tampon. Kind of like booking a vacation in what would be your third trimester with a non-refundable deposit, hoping you'll get pregnant. Except you stain your clothes. But otherwise, I think irony may have a real effect on our bodies and this one is worth a try. (The gravity of jumping up and down when running or walking makes a difference, too)

Orgasm (duh) - this only really works when you've pretty much already started, it just hasn't made its way out of the uterus yet. The contractions help the blood go out through the cervix faster, so you start your period.

Vitamin C - not trying this one, because I don't have any. Most say it doesn't work, some swear by it - don't know the exact dosage for this purpose so you'll have to research online.

Spend time around other women who just started AF. Not online, I mean IRL. Apparently when women menstruate and get together in the same room, the menstruating woman emits some sort of biochemical reaction that causes the other women with her to try and synchronize their cycles to hers, thus starting AF sooner. Has some scientific merit, actually - has been studied.

So there you have it - everything I've been able to find so far about making your period start.

Now lets hope ONE of these works, otherwise I'm calling the doc tomorrow to make my CD35 appointment to get provera. If I have to cancel, no biggie, but if I don't, at least I won't have to wait a week to get in.

angel3y35 November 4th, 2009 11:23 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
I never thought to look that up. Last time AF was late (before I knew I had PCOS and wasn't ovulating) I went to the Dr. for a blood test. It's on the same military base as I work so I just walked down there on my break. The witch showed as I was walking back to work, before I even got the results. The first time I was really late the doc sent me to the emergency room because of my history of endo and cysts (I was in a lot of pain and really nauseous). They did a pap and blood test....I started the next morning. I think our bodies like to be annoying like that.

Cheryl_W November 4th, 2009 11:56 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
OMG I think the pressure point (the ankle one) worked!

Not even joking... I did it for about half an hour on and off, went to the bathroom and the spotting was WAY darker on the TP - went to check my cervix, its VERY low & firm, and theres red bleeding!!!!

Now I'm drinking ginger tea (you can buy it, even Tetley makes a ginger mint with lemongrass) and making parsley tea to speed it up... But I had NO cramps this morning, and the spotting was lighter again.

Ever since I used the pressure point, the cramps have come back, I got another AF headache, and red bleeding near my cervix!! I think AF will be here today!

Mandy you should SO adapt this stuff into a sticky I think LOL - I can't believe it worked that fast!

Nyzira November 4th, 2009 12:36 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
Regarding the Vit. C: I've used it. You take 6-10 GRAMS (6000mg-10,000mg) a day for 5 days. Don't take it all at once but rather 1000mg ever couple of hours. The problem with this is that it can cause diarrhea, nausea, bloating/gas and in severe cases, kidney stones and vitamin b deficiencies. If you choose to take this, then make sure you DO NOT take the vitamin c with rosehips or anything else in it. They often add bioflavinoids to the supplements that counteract what you are trying to achieve.

I've also used parsley tea. Just put 1-2 teaspoons in a cup of hot water and steep for 20 minutes. Strain the tea (I use teaballs) and drink. Usually 2-4 cups a day is good enough. If you really want to go all out, you can make a parsley pessary (vaginal suppository) by binding together 3 or 4 fresh parsley sprigs wrapped in a layer of cheese cloth then sliding it up as close to your cervix as you can. It acts to soften the cervix and help trigger menstruation. Change the pessary every 12 hours until menstruation is achieved. This should not be used by anyone with a history of kidney stones.

I also use ginger regularly for many reasons. Fresh ginger is better than the store bought tea as, once again, they often add bioflavinoids like rosehip. Fresh ginger root an be bought in the produce section of most grocery stores. Just cut a few slices (it really doesn't take more than 2 or 3) and boil for 20 minutes. Let it cool then drink. Again, 2-3 cups a day should suffice. If you have a history of gallstones, you should probably avoid this.

You can also try yarrow (found in most herb/new age shops). Make it in the same way as parsley tea. 3-4 cups in one day should do the trick.

And of course, as with all of these, you want to make ABSOLUTELY sure that you are not pregnant otherwise you WILL shed your embryo. I've used all of these as forms of birth control before I decided to get pregnant. (Aside from the yarrow.)

Cheryl_W November 4th, 2009 02:18 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
Wow Bammers thats awesome info! I knew about the pessary, but I'm not quite that hard-core - yet ;)

Making some more parsley tea at the moment, while still using the pressure point every 20 minutes or so. Also making some ginger tea using the ginger I had in the house already (luckily I love to cook, I had lots of parsley and fresh ginger already!)

I'm sure I'm not preggo (haven't even Oed, BFN last week too) so thats no worry, just want to start my Clomid cycle already! :D

Any feedback on how long it took to work for you?

Nyzira November 4th, 2009 03:33 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
The vitamin C took the full 5 days, if I recall correctly (it's been a few years. :P). I'll tell ya, it about killed me with the stomach cramps and diarrhea.
The parsley never worked but I honestly didn't expect it to since it's a SUPER mild emmenagogue and by the time I tried it, I had gone about 4 months without a cycle at all. I can't tell you how long the ginger took because I drink it on a pretty regular basis, anyway. Fresh ginger and lemongrass tea is one of my favourites. I've never used yarrow but I hear it's very successful.

A note on the acupressure, you can cut off a regular pencil erasure and tape it to the spot and just wear it for a few hours. It'll save you from taking time out to put pressure on it for 20 mins at a time. :p

MotherFrog November 5th, 2009 10:08 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
I'm 8 days late and loads of BFN's. :brickwall:

I tried the orgasm and the acupressure to bring the witch in for a landing. She's still not here. The mood I'm in right now, she better not come. I'm on Dostinex for my prolactin levels and my temper is really bad right now. Very bad. I've been snapping at DH for days now.

Kristen528 November 6th, 2009 08:38 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
Is she here today, Cheryl?? Hope so!

Cheryl_W November 6th, 2009 11:56 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
Not yet, but I'm still holding out hope and doing as much as I can!

MandyRS November 6th, 2009 02:13 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
Your ticker says CD1, is she finally here?!?!?! :excited: :excited: :excited:

I will add those natural remedies to the AF question in the FAQs sticky! :)

MotherFrog November 6th, 2009 09:08 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
How late are/were you? I'm going on 10 days late now.

Cheryl_W November 7th, 2009 01:04 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
Yep Mandy, she's light but the :witch: is here! Actual flow today :)

I wasn't actually late Michele - I was just having yet another annovulatory cycle (I've actually only had one that was possibly ovulatory since we started TTC in March...) and wanted to start my first round of Clomid so bad that I did everything I could to get her to start early when I saw the spotting. I knew she was kind of there, and just hiding - but it looks like all of that stuff might have had an impact!

I also did lots of walking, and lots of visualization. It might sound gross, but I tried to visualize my uterus opening up, and releasing the blood. I concentrated really hard and did that all night last night, and woke up this morning to HELLO - light period!

I'm so happy I get to start Clomid Sunday! :excited:

Oh and a big huge help to Bam, she taught me a lot about herbs and such, she's so knowledgeable on the whole subject, she taught me a lot! Thanks so much!

Nyzira November 7th, 2009 06:53 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
Glad it all worked for you! I often forget how effective walking can be for this kind of stuff. And the visualization is great! Yay for getting to start Clomid!

chrissy323 November 7th, 2009 07:26 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
YAY for AF finally getting in gear Cheryl!!! :cheer: Bring on the Clomid! If you are anything like me, get ready for some hot flashes girl, but it will all be worth it!!

Tammyms November 15th, 2009 07:19 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
Just to bring this topic to the top again since I'm having such a fabulous cycle... :sarcasm: how long after you drink the teas should AF come?

Cheryl, in my journal you mentioned celery seed... is that another tea to drink or did you mean parsley?

Def going to be giving these a try, I want my ovulatory cycles back darn it!!! :lol:

Nyzira November 15th, 2009 07:50 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
It depends on the tea/method. With parsley, results can be seen as early as the next day (drink 4 cups the afternoon before). Others can take up to a week to work.

Just make ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT SURE that you are not pregnant before doing any of these. Also make sure you are not on any medications that can interact. Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's safe.

Tammyms November 15th, 2009 08:16 PM

Re: How to induce AF.
Absolutely Bam... I've been taking pg tests even though my charts don't show I O'd yet, I figured if I wasn't temping I wouldn't know and would just think I was late so better to be safe then sorry :) I have a transvaginal U/S scheduled for tomorrow so depending how that goes I would like to do something to bring on AF because my doctor won't, and even if I get referred to a specialist, could be weeks before I can get an appt... thanks for the heads up though always appreciated when I'm new to something :)

MandyRS November 16th, 2009 01:12 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
BAM I was just thinking of you!!! :excited: 9 days left, COME ON Bella!!!!!!! :cheer:

Cheryl, would you post the recipe for the celery tea here? :)

Nyzira November 16th, 2009 08:00 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
A warning on the celery seed... it's nasty. (As Cheryl will attest to. :p) It's also very likely to cause you some serious gastrointestinal issues. Much like the vitamin C. If you have low blood pressure then you'll want to avoid the celery seed as it is also used to relax and dilate the blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure. Handy for those with hypertension, deadly for those with hypotension (like myself). If you have an active kidney infection/stones/other inflammation then you want to avoid celery seed. Also, if you are on blood thinners for anything, avoid celery seed... once again, it could be deadly. Also, make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen as celery seed can make you extra sensitive to the sun. Also avoid if you're on water pills. Celery seed is a diuretic and can cause you to dehydrate.

And actually, you probably want to observe the same precautions with parsley as it's also a diuretic. I'm not 100% positive but I think it has the same chemicals as celery seed, which means it would affect the body the same. I know they are both used for treating the same things.

With either tea, crush a teaspoon of celery seeds (or drop in about a teaspoon of parsley, fresh or dried), steep for 20 minutes, drink 3x a day.


Originally Posted by mandyt (Post 17988218)
BAM I was just thinking of you!!! :excited: 9 days left, COME ON Bella!!!!!!! :cheer:

The ways she's acting, we maybe heading for induction. All early labour has stopped and I can't really do anything to trigger it as I'm pretty much bed-ridden due to the SPD. Hubby's family is flying in from England the 24th, I'm due the 25th so hopefully the doc will induce me 27th-ish. We see him again Friday so I'll ask him then about induction dates.

Tammyms November 16th, 2009 08:59 AM

Re: How to induce AF.
Hmmm, I may have to rethink the celery seed then... my last BP test a couple weeks ago was perfect but I have been known to have low BP... and with this dizziness the last couple days I don't want to risk doing something to myself that I can't undo.

Bam... where did you learn all this? Would love to have your brain right now!!! :lol:

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