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    Irregular Periods - What are the Types, Causes, and Treatment of Irregular Periods?

    • 4.8   (7 Votes)
    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 30 May 2019 - Written by Dr. Nalini Mahajan - MD, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, MBBS

    Irregular periods types include absent, light, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Irregular periods causes such as IUD presence, changing birth control pills, PCOD, Stress, Uterine Fibroids and Polyps in the uterine lining, Breastfeeding, and Hyperthyroidism need to determined to find out how to get periods fast.

    Menstrual periods may vary widely from woman to woman. Some periods are punctual, some are unpredictable. On average, a woman gets her period every 24 to 38 days. A period usually lasts about two to eight days. However, more than 20% of menstruating women experience irregular periods & you may be experiencing it too. (1) Do you also have an irregular menstrual cycle? Are you also experiencing period problems in your period cycle?

    1. The time between each period starts to change.

    2. You are losing more or less blood during a period than usual.

    3. The number of days that your period lasts varies significantly.

    Period problems

    Different types of Irregular Periods:

    1. Irregular Bleeding In Menstrual Cycle: Bleeding of more than 20 days in individual cycle lengths over a period of one year.

    2. Absent Menstrual Bleeding (amenorrhea): No bleeding in a 90-day period.

    3. Heavy Bleeding In Menstrual Cycle (HMB): Excessive menstrual blood loss that interferes with the woman’s physical, emotional, social, and material quality of life and can occur alone or in combination with other symptoms.

    4. Heavy and Prolonged Bleeding in Menstrual Cycle (HPMB): Less common than HMB. It is important to make a distinction from HMB given they may have different etiologies and respond to different therapies.

    5. Light Menstrual Bleeding: Based on the patient complaint, rarely related to pathology. (2)

    Do Irregular Periods Need Treatment:

    Treatment of irregular periods depends on the cause and your desire to have children in the future. Changes in your body's level of the hormones estrogen and progesterone can disrupt the normal pattern of your period. That's why adolescent girls going through puberty and those women who are reaching to their menopause commonly have irregular periods but that's not the big health problem that needs a diagnosis. Are you also experiencing period problems in your period cycle?

    Common Causes of Irregular Periods:

    • Having an intrauterine device (IUD)
    • Changing birth control pills or using certain medications
    • Excessive exercise
    • Polycystic ovary disease (PCOS)
    • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
    • Stress
    • Overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism
    • Thickening of or polyps on the uterine lining
    • Uterine fibroids (4)

    Period Problems, Period cycle

    Treatment for Irregular Periods:

    Most of the time, simply decreasing our stress, improving nutrition and adding adequate nutritional supplements can provide a natural way to restore regular menstrual cycle. (3) Are you also experiencing period problems in your period cycle? For most patients, we see big improvements with the following steps:

    1. Healthy dietary modifications especially decreased intake of refined carbohydrates.

    2. Supplementing nutritional gaps with a medical-grade multivitamin, including calcium, magnesium, and a high-quality fish oil supplement, such as the high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade formulations by Women to Women.

    3. Moderate exercise (this may require increasing or decreasing your current level of exercise).

    4. Stress relief through exercise or other relaxation techniques.

    5. If the issue stems from an anovulatory or perimenopausal condition, a doctor may prescribe birth control pills to normalize the cycle.

    6. Sometimes, scarring or structural problems in the uterus (womb) or fallopian tubes may lead to irregular periods. Surgery may be done to correct any structural problems or birth defects, particularly in women who want to have children.

    Menstrual cycle, Period cycle

    You must call your Doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:

    1. You miss three or more periods a year.

    2. You get your period more often than every 21 days.

    3. You get your period less often than every 35 days.

    4. You are bleeding more heavily than usual during your period.

    5. You bleed for more than seven days.

    6. You have more pain than usual during a period. (5)

    Dr. Nalini Mahajan

    Written by

    MD, MBBS
    Infertility Specialist

    Dr. Nalini Mahajan is a renowned Gynecologist and Obstetrician in Defence Colony, Delhi. She has gained over 3 decades of experienced and has valuable expertise in General medical consultation, Fertility Treatment, Third party Reproduction, Fertility Preservation, Cytogenetics, Endoscopy, Reproductive Medicine, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, Laser-assisted hatching, In-vitro Fertilisation, IVF with Donor Oocytes, and Clinical Counselling. She passed her MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi in 1974 and completed her MD in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the University of Delhi in 1979. Dr. Nalini Mahajan also completed her Master's in ART from Nottingham University in UK 1994, being the first Indian to be awarded the degree with honors.

    She has many achievements which she received during the early days of her career. She got the President’s Gold Medal in 1994 and Pfizer Gold Medal, which is highly valued in the medical society. She is a proud member of the Indian Fertility Society (IFS), Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR), International Journal of Reproduction, Contraception, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility Preservation Society (India, 2014), FOGSI and AOGD.

    On the International front, she is the secretary and founder member of the Asian Society for Fertility Preservation which aims at improving knowledge, research and quality fertility preservation services across Asia. She keeps herself updated with the latest technological advancements in infertility treatments. Patients from all over India visit her clinic as she assures a high success rate in IVF treatments. Her success in assisting couples to achieve both natural and assisted conception is amongst the highest in India. She is now practicing at Ferticity IVF Clinics Pvt. Ltd. in Geetanjali Enclave and Mother and Child Hospital in Delhi.

    Ferticity IVF, located in New Delhi offers a comprehensive infertility management programme under one roof to couples who face problems in pregnancy. The hospital has state-of-art IVF labs equipped with the latest technology. The centre is backed by an experienced team of dedicated senior consultants and embryologists. Ferticity IVF Clinics Pvt. Ltd. Is specialized infertility treatments including IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF, ICSI, PGD/S(Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening) and Blastocyst Transfer. They ensure complete transparency in treatment, compassionate staff, lively environment and promising results. The hospital is spread over a huge area, with well-ventilated rooms and organized spaces. Patients from all over India visit Ferticity IVF hospital for their excellent services and high success rates.




    Kamini Saxena

    I think poor lifestyle and junk food habits are responsible for irregular cycles. Women in the past used not to have irregular periods because their lifestyle was positive and healthy.

    Oct. 8, 2018, 2:26 p.m. 5.0


    Jeevika Dua

    Irregular periods can be due to hormonal imbalance or stress. Better to control these parameters if you want to have regular periods.

    Oct. 3, 2018, 9:24 a.m. 5.0


    Desy Kirkland

    "Well, I have missed 3 periods and I'm supposed to be on one now but I'm not! I have went to the hospital several times for pain in my abdomen. I have been having all these pregnancy signs but as per the tests I am not pregnant! I even had a blood test and it came out to be negative! I found out th…

    Oct. 25, 2017, 11:55 p.m. 4.5


    Mareechi Bhatti

    I'm confused! I have missed my last month period and now I'm 4 days past the day I was supposed to start this month and still not had a single drop of blood! Should I take a pregnancy test or wait another week and see if it starts?

    Sept. 5, 2017, 4:39 a.m. 4.5


    Shalisha Edwards

    Period delaying pills can also affect menstrual cycle. Try to avoid them.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 6:15 p.m. 5.0


    Sandhya Raghuvanshi

    Period problems or irregular periods should not be avoided at all especially while trying to conceive.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 6:13 p.m. 4.5


    Anandi Sehgal

    I too had short period cycle. I started taking pomegranates and beetroot. Now, I get 30 days of menstrual cycle.

    Aug. 21, 2017, 5:26 p.m. 5.0

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