Folk remedy to make a late period come

I just wanted to put this info out there in case anyone needs it. If your period is a little late, and you feel all heavy and crampy and gross and are just waiting and waiting for it to come, you can try an old trick that uses ginger to irritate the uterine lining and slough off whatever's in there.

You'll have to consume a ton of ginger, at least 3-4 inches of fresh, ginger, and more if you can stomach it. Peel it with the back of a spoon, then slice and brew with hot water to make a tea. Drink as much of the tea as you can stand, and then eat the cooked ginger. Repeat all day until you've ingested as much of the tea and ginger as you can stand, plus a little more. If nothing happens by the next morning, do it all again.

You will be really sick of ginger and not want to eat it again for awhile, but your period should come in a day or two. I've used this to coax a sluggish period successfully. Pass it on.

26 thoughts on “Folk remedy to make a late period come”

  1. Interesting–my acupuncturist recommended fresh ginger tea to me in early pregnancy both for the anti-nausea effects and to strengthen the spleen, which has an upward/holding in energy (i.e. support the pregnancy), which is of course the opposite of what you’re talking about here. But I think it does relate to menstrual regularity in general, which would make sense.

  2. Raspberry leaf tea. Nettle tea. Whatever is in Traditional Medicinals PMS tea. I think maybe black cohosh.

  3. Similarly, of your period won’t stop – if it’s just an annoying slow trickle that goes on for days – take ibuprofen.

  4. But your period will arrive (especially if your timeframe is a day or two) with or without the ginger… how can you be sure the ginger is bringing it on? You’re probably suffering the ginger for nothing, it just gives you a feeling of involvement in bringing on something that will come on it’s own. I doubt this is bringing on your period.What’s the ginger supposedly doing to bring on menstruation?

  5. Very interesting. I was told to drink a similar tea to stop morning sickness (actually afternoon nausea) in my first pregnancy. The tea did not help at all, in fact it caused me to vomit, the only time I did during that shortlived pregnancy before I miscarried.

  6. I’ll fess up: I was thinking exactly the same thing as Nancy. But yeah, if we’re talking about an…um…*desperately longed-for* period, that puts a whole new spin on it.

  7. If ginger were really an abortofacient, the patriarchy would have banned it already.Come on, don’t do things that make you feel ill unless they are actually proven to help in some way.

  8. Actually, @HappyMama, try googling, Ginger as abortifacient. Google autofills the results and you will receive thousands of page results, over 62,000 to be exact. It is a well known therapy used in many cultures, just maybe not *our* culture. Eating too much candy makes one sick but people still do it, as does drinking to much. However not having a much wanted period will not make you sick, it will make you a mother. I would rather be sick for a few hours than have a child I cannot care for. Seriously, let grown woman make their won choices. You do for you what is best and I will do my own research and do what is best for me. Agreed?Ginger is a menstrual stimulant and potential abortifacient when taken in dosages greater than 250 mg four times daily.

  9. Too much ginger can be quite hard on the stomach for some people I think. For an annoyingly late period ( and I do mean just annoyingly late, not any sort of pregnancy scare) I find parsley taken as a tea very effective and a bit gentler than ginger.

  10. Heather, if you feel that your Google research is sufficient for you, I don’t object in the least.What worries me is Moxie and other commenters encouraging other readers to make themselves sick because they think it will cure them of something (without any scientific evidence to support it). Someone might read this post or your comments and not have the knowledge to evaluate your recommendations appropriately.

  11. If Ginger makes you abort, why do they recommend it to calm your stomach during pregnancy? Seems a bit crazy.

  12. How coincidental. I was just reading a Maeve Binchy novel where two characters were trying to “bring on a late period” and they were all about the very hot baths and glasses of gin 😉

  13. This is a known remedy in China – we eat A LOT of ginger after giving birth, I guess to help slough off any remaining blood/stuff in the uterus. I must’ve eaten several KGs of ginger in the 6 months after I delivered both my kids. My mom put it in everything – tiny bits of ginger in fried rice (so delicious), ginger steamed chicken, ginger boiled in Chinese vinegar, etc etc.One way to make ginger tea easier to consume is to boil the ginger with some brown sugar so you are making a spicy sweet tea. It’s actually really delicious. 🙂

  14. Anecdotes don’t make evidence. Just chiming in so Nancy doesn’t feel alone and beat up. I agree with you, hon.

  15. I’m going to post and support Moxie with hey that’s some cool info you gave us, and everyone can take it or leave it. Personally I’m interested in it, I have a copper IUD, and the past couple of months my period has been “late”- not sure why, could be stress, or just my body still adjusting (my son is 16 months old) BUT now that I know about the ginger thing, I can try it. Thank you!

  16. If you’re TRYING to give a home remedy option for abortion, why not just say that instead of making it sound like you are just trying to bring on a late period? What a strange an fyi to those who just want their period to come already but don’t have a pregnancy scare on their hands… track when you ovulate. periods come late if you ovulate late. stress doesn’t make the period late, it makes ovulation late which in turn means the period will come late. If you know when you ovulate and how long your normal luteal phase is, you can breathe easier if you expected your period yesterday because you already know it’s probably going to come tomorrow because you ovulated late.
    I’d go with parsley tea as well over ginger too for getting your period to come a tad early. It’s not going to do much on the abortion front though, most likely.

  17. So, a whole lot of ginger makes a period come and/or induces and early abortion, but just a little ginger settles a stomach during pregnancy? A bit wackadoo for me. If I’m already feeling bloaty and crampy as if my period is on the way, I’ll stick to pain reliever and wait for it.

  18. The scientific community has not ignored ginger or it’s medical uses. Yes, a small amount can settle the stomach. A large amount can irritate the uterus. This is supported by many scientific studies, and again, used in many cultures other than ours. Many teas and ginger products actually have warning labels on them aimed at pregnant women.If you click into the google search, which I wasn’t posting as scientific data, rather to show you how common this use is, you’ll see study after scientific study… It’s not junk science at all. Have you never used an herbal remedy to cure yourself from something minor? The thought process that only Western medicine is proven and other options don’t work is odd.

  19. From a Chinese Medical standpoint ginger is hot, so in small doses it can help relieve some kinds of upset stomach (like when you have a cold with chills). In some instances it can make you vomit (like when you have the flu with sweating).The reason it can induce a period is because you are flooding your body with a very hot substance (like heating a pot of water). Warm soothes, hot makes things move recklessly.

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