When a period comes like clockwork, it's a sign that things are going right in the reproduction system. But every now and then, it's an inconvenience and can cause stress if it's going to start at an inopportune time. If you want to try and start a period early, there are some home remedies that may work. But you absolutely should speak with your doctor before trying any of them.

Early Periods

Starting a period early is done for various reasons: to verify that you're not pregnant, or because you don't want to have your period for a certain occasion, to name a few. An early period can usually only occur close the time of the normal period. Certain signs and symptoms typically occur about a week before a period is supposed to start, including cramping, bloating, breast tenderness, water retention, increased hunger and sometimes acne.


There are a few things you can do to help keep your period on a normal schedule: maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, reduce stress and get plenty of rest. If you want your period to come early there are some foods and many herbs that may induce periods:

  • Papaya
  • Tea with red sage, African saffron, chamomile, lemon balm, elecampane, parsley and basil
  • Tea with 1/4 teaspoon ginger, plus yarrow, rosemary, motherwort, mugwort, false valerian, southernwood, thyme, Ephedra, angelica and gentian
  • Tea with pennyroyal, black cohosh, blue cohosh, 6 grams of myrrh and vitamin C