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Normal Menstrual Cycle and Irregular Menstrual Cycle Causes and Treatment

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Normal menstrual cycle phases are executed for regular menses. Irregular menstrual cycle causes include PCOD, pregnancy, uterine fibroids, and use of new birth control pills. You can get normal menstrual cycle with healthy diet, avoiding stress and caffeine, and birth control pills.

What is a Menstrual Cycle?

Menstrual Cycle is a process of changes through which a woman’s body undergoes every month. One of the ovaries releases egg in the fallopian tube and wait there to meet a sperm for the process of fertilization. If the sperm does not fertilize the egg, uterus sheds it’s lining in the form of blood, which flows out through the vaginal opening. This is called menstrual bleeding or the menstruation. A normal menstrual cycle repeats itself after every 28 or 30 days. The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman.  Some women may have a short cycle with duration of less than 21 days and some women may get a longer cycle with duration of more than 35 days. Irregular or abnormal menstrual cycles are one of the major factors causing infertility in women. They can even cause diseases like PCOD, which can even lower down your chances to conceive. Women between 25 to 

38 years of age should have a normal menstrual cycle. You should maintain a healthy weight as being overweight or underweight can trigger various Health related complications like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

What are the symptoms of a Normal Menstrual Cycle?

An irregular menstrual cycle can lead to severe complications while you try to conceive and lower down your chances of getting pregnant. Every woman should know the symptoms of a normal menstrual cycle in order to avoid anyhealth relatedissue while planning a baby.  

  • Your Cervical Mucus changes throughout the menstrual cycle due to proper functioning of hormones.

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  • PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) is not your cup of tea. Due to proper hormonal balance, you dont experience any of pre-menstrual symptoms if you have a normal menstrual cycle.
  • The duration of menstrual cycle varies woman to woman. A normal menstrual cycle lasts for 2 to 7 days. During the first three days of menstruation you are more likely to experience heavy bleeding and during the last 2 or 3 days the bleeding will be lighter or it may completely stop. However, the bleeding should not continue for less than 2 days or more than 8 days. If you experience bleeding for less than 2 days or more than 8 days, you should consult your doctor at the earliest.
  • A normal menstrual cycle is counted from first day of the previous menstrual cycle to the first day of your next period, covering a length of almost 28 to 30 days.  It may exceed up to 35 days and may be less than 21 days depending upon your body.
  • Your menstrual blood is bright red in colour and looks like cranberry juice, which is a sign of adequate blood flow to your pelvic region.
  • You do not bleed other times apart from your period days if you have a normal healthy menstrual cycle due to abundance of progesterone hormones in your body.

What Factors Can Cause Irregular Menstrual Cycle?

An irregular menstrual cycle may be caused due to various factors. Some of the most common causes of irregular menstrual cycle include-

  • Having an intrauterine device (IUD).

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  • Changing birth control pills or using certain medications.
  • Too much exercise.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Stress.
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
  • Thickening of or polyps on the uterine lining.
  • Uterine fibroids.

How to get Normal Menstrual Cycle?

1- Diet Plan

You can induce a normal menstrual cycle or regulate your period by following a proper diet plan. You must include green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit juices and iron-rich foods like rajma, beans, grams to regulate your menstrual cycles.

2- Exercises

With a proper diet plan, you need to follow an exercise regime also. However, heavy exercises can cause injuries and may also cause hormonal imbalance due to which you may experience irregular periods. Exercises like light crunches, stretches and aerobics can help you get a normal menstrual cycle.

3- Avoid Excess Caffeine and Alcohol Intake

You must avoid taking too much caffeine and alcohol. These food items can disturb your hormonal balance and may affect your menstrual cycle. Alcohol can even cause severe complications in pregnancy and may lead to infertility.

4- Avoid Stress

You must also avoid stress and anxiety to have a normal menstrual cycle. Over thinking and tension may lead to high blood pressure, which is not healthy for menstruation period. You can practice Yoga and Meditation to release your stress and regulate your hormones.

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These techniques can also help you to regulate your menstrual cycles and can even assist you in planning a healthy pregnancy.  

5- Stop Taking Birth Control Pills

Birth control pills are considered as one of the safe and affordable method for preventing unwanted pregnancies. However the hormonal composition of birth control pills may affect hormonal levels of your body and can make your periods irregular. If you are planning to get pregnant soon then it is advised to stop taking contraceptives few months before you try to conceive.

Hope this article has helped to resolve your queries on signs of a normal menstrual cycle. Follow Elawoman to get regular updates on fertility health and treatment.

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Dr. Chitwan Dubey

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Dr. Chitwan Dubey is a leading Obstetrician and IUI Expert currently working at SevenHills Hospital in Andheri, East Mumbai. She has been practicing in the same field for over a decade and her areas of expertise are Endometriosis, Ectopic Pregnancies, Fibroids, Total Lap Hysterectomies, and Fertility Enhancing Diagnostic etc. She completed MBBS from Rant's Medical College in 2004 followed by MS in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Mumbai University in 2006. Dr. Chitwan Dubey is an honoured member of Indian Medical Association (IMA). For contact details of Dr. Chitwan Dubey visit elawoman.com

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Divyanka Baxi

The progesterone hormones play a vital role for anyone to have their regular cycles. Less production of these hormones can also cause perimenopause or menopause.

Oct. 7, 2018, 5:39 a.m. 5.0

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Shelly Gehlot

My IUD was removed one year ago and since then, I have normal menstrual cycle. But I am unable to conceive till now. Should I contact a physician? Please suggest!

Sept. 10, 2018, 12:24 a.m. 4.5

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Nitya Yadav

I can not stop my birth control pills, can you suggest some other alternatives?

Aug. 20, 2018, 1:30 p.m. 4.5

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Belly

Thank you for letting us know about the menstrual cycle. I would be happy to learn more about this. This is my first cycle and I want to know everything about it.

Aug. 12, 2018, 2:32 p.m. 4.5

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Yogita

I want to conceive but the results are always negative. Help me with calculating fertile days as I have an irregular cycle.

July 31, 2018, 4:35 p.m. 5.0

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Kapil Kumar

Healthy periods should not be more than 7 days and it should not have clots. If you experience any of these unwanted symptoms you should get yourself checked by your gyne as soon as possible. It has been observed that women with unhealthy periods also have fertility problems.

Oct. 30, 2017, 5:14 p.m. 4.5

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Manik Agarwal

It has been found that soft or noncancerous tumors in the uterus can cause overwhelming draining or long stretches. Amiable developments in the endometrium can cause a substantial or delayed period. These developments are known as polyps, when the development is comprised of endometrial tissue, o...

Oct. 30, 2017, 5:13 p.m. 4.5

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