Book an Appointment
menstrual cycle

Causes And Treatment of Irregular Periods

  • 4.8 (7 Votes)

Menstrual cycle or period cycle may vary from woman to woman. Here are the cause of irregular periods or period problems and best treatment for irregular periods

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. 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.

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 healthy 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

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. 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.

Dr. Nalini Mahajan

About The Author

Infertility Specialist Dr. Nalini Mahajan

Dr. Nalini Mahajan is an infertility specialist at Ferticity Fertility Clinics in Geetanjali Enclave, Delhi and Mother and Child Hospital, Delhi. She is specialized in Reproductive Medicine, Infertility Evaluation/ treatment, ART techniques, IVF with Donor Oocytes and Laser assisted hatching. Dr. Nalini Mahajan is an infertility specialist who has completed MBBS from Lady Hardinge Medical College in 1974 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Delhi University in 1979. At present, Dr. Nalini is practicing at Ferticity Fertility Clinics, Delhi.


  1. Home remedies to beat menstrual cramps Menstrual Cycle, Elawoman - 2017
  2. All about menstrual cycle, menstruation cycle, period cycle period problems, Elawoman - 2017
  3. How to use iud as an emergency contraception IUD, Elawoman - 2017
  4. How effective are the contraceptive pills birth control pills, Elawoman - 2017



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 ...

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

View all comments

Leave a Comment



The information displayed on this webpage covers general information on several medical conditions, fertility treatments, IVF ICSI, surrogacy procedure, home remedies, and their respective treatments. The exclusive purpose of the displayed information is for the sake of general understanding and it has been collected from open sources which heavily rely on research and laboratory tests. However, the information shared here should not be considered as a medical advice or an alternative to consultation with a registered medical practitioner or licensed healthcare professional.

It is not advised to self-diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease following the information given in this article. We insist you to consult a registered practitioner and never try to replace their advice or discontinue treatment in between by relying solely on the information obtained. External links to different websites as well as videos given on the website serve the purpose of sharing knowledge only. Ela being an Independent Medical Information platform is neither responsible nor guarantees the authenticity, reliability, and accuracy of these videos and websites in any way. We do not intend the information displayed here to be used for a medical emergency, if you seek medical attention for yourself (or any other person with whom you want to share the information with), we advise you to directly get in touch with the hospital or the doctor.

Related Article view all

Menstrual Cycle
Menstrual Cycle and Fertility
Dr. Sunil Eshwar
Dr. Sunil Eshwar 4.9 (11 Votes)

Menstrual Cycle and Fertility

In this article, you will learn about the normal menstrual cycle with detailed information on short menstrual cycle and long menstrual cycle. You can also get the details on how period cycle affects the pregnancy through this article.

Read More

Menstrual Cycle
Menstruation and Menstrual Cycle - All You Want to Know
Dr. Surveen Ghumman
Dr. Surveen Ghumman 4.6 (6 Votes)

Menstruation and Menstrual Cycle - All You Want to Know

Learn all the useful information on menstruation and menstrual cycle including signs of menstruation, problems associated with menstruation in this article.

Read More

Menstrual Cycle
Crocin Advance Tablet - Uses, Benefits, Composition and Side-Effects
Dr. R K Sharma
Dr. R K Sharma 4.7 (9 Votes)

Crocin Advance Tablet - Uses, Benefits, Composition and Side-Effects

Crocin advance tablet is a mild analgesic and antipyretic drug which is used to get relief from a number of health conditions like fever and mild to moderate aches and pains like headache, arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, tooth pain as well as back pain. It is composed of Paracetamol as an active salt ingredient and can have side effects such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, allergy, diarrhea etc.

Read More

More From Author

Planning Baby
How to Get Pregnant with an Irregular Period
Dr. Nalini Mahajan
Dr. Nalini Mahajan 4.8 (12 Votes)

How to Get Pregnant with an Irregular Period

Checkout to know how to get pregnant with irregular periods. Keep t...

Read More

Fertility Tracking
How to Track Ovulation With Irregular Period Cycle
Dr. Nalini Mahajan
Dr. Nalini Mahajan 4.8 (6 Votes)

How to Track Ovulation With Irregular Period Cycle

Ovulation calculator can predict ovulation days.Ovulation predictor...

Read More

How to make your Period come Faster, Induce Period
Dr. Nalini Mahajan
Dr. Nalini Mahajan 4.8 (7 Votes)

How to make your Period come Faster, Induce Period

Irregular Periods lead to gruesome stress and often results in depr...

Read More

Trending Articles


5 Best Surrogacy Doctors in India

Find the list of best surrogacy doctors in India who offers the best treatment with the highest success rate. The list has been categorized on the basis of doctors fame, experience, reviews, ratings, and cost. Dr. Mohit Saraogi from Saraogi Hospitals and IRIS IVF Centre and Dr. Kaberi Banerjee from Advanced Fertility Centre top the list of the best surrogacy doctors in India.

Read More 4.5 (1 Votes)


Best IVF Doctors in India with Highest Success Rates

Find here the list of best IVF doctors in India on the basis of Ratings, Success Rate, Services offered, IVF cost packages and available Facilities. Dr. Nisha Bhatnagar, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee and Dr. Anjali A Deval top the list of such IVF doctors in India due to their unique pricing system, popularity and high success rate.

Read More 4.7 (3 Votes)


Top Surrogacy Centres in India with Highest Success Rates

In this article we bring you the best Surrogacy Centers and clinics in India with Review Ratings, Cost Estimates, and Surrogacy Success Rate to help you make the best choice. Aveya IVF and Surrogacy Centre and Advanced Fertility and Surrogacy Centre tops the list of such surrogacy centres in India due to their low treatment costs, popularity and high success rates.

Read More 4.8 (2 Votes)