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What are the reasons for having early periods than regular menstrual cycle?

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 11 Jul 2018 - Written by Dr. Sailaja Vuppu - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Reasons for early periods include increased stress, oral contraceptives, and health conditions such as PCOD, genital tuberculosis. Early periods need to be dealt with the right measures and required treatments for managing menstrual cycle and keeping it regular for timely periods.

Early periods or preponed periods might be due to many factors like stress, use of emergency contraceptives or Copper-T (IUD Contraceptive) and other health conditions. If your periods have come within 15 or 20 days of your menstrual cycle, then it is known as polymenorrhea. If this is the case every month, consult your gynecologist to rule out any health complications. If can also be due to nutritional deficiency or excessive stress, which can be dealt with increasing intake of nutrient-rich foods and lower the exposure of stress and practice meditation. 

Stress:

When you have stressed numerous hormonal changes occur in the body. It is the release of stress hormones during the stress period, which trigger the production of glucose in the body, leading to high reproduction blood glucose and high pulse rate.

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This directly disturbs the menstrual cycle by acting on the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian cycle, thereby leading to your irregular menstrual cycle, which can be early or delayed menstruation.

Oral contraceptives:

Unlike oral contraceptives, use of emergency contraceptives might result in irregular periods as they contain high doses of the hormones, estrogen, and progesterone. The drastic hormonal imbalance in the body might lead to bleeding, thereby causing your periods to come early than the regular menstrual cycle. The same is the case with intrauterine devices like Copper-T.

Health conditions:

One of the key causes of early periods is pelvic congestion, which could be due to an underlying inflammation in the pelvic region. It gives rise to the inflammation of the ovaries, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) PCOD and genital tuberculosis might lead to early periods or bleeding.

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Other common conditions include thyroid dysfunction and high levels of prolactin, a hormone, in the blood. To know the exact cause of the condition, it is important to consult your doctor and get tested.

Although most people feel that high-carbohydrate and high-fat diet is the key reason for early periods, it doesn’t have a direct role to play. However, intake of excess carbohydrates and fats increases glucose and lipids in the blood, which might lead to obesity, and pose a risk factor for irregular periods. 

Dr. Sailaja Vuppu

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Infertility Specialist, Gynecologic Surgeon
Vijayawada

Dr Sailaja Vuppu is an acclaimed Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist in Sri Ramachandra Nagar, Vijayawada. She has completed 10 years on working as a gynaecologist and infertility specialist. Dr Sailaja Vuppu is right now practising at Rainbow Super Speciality Hospital for Women and Children. Her fields of expertise are Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and so on. Find her contact details on www.elawoman.com

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1.  Copper t iud - how to use it for contraception in females?  Copper-T, Elawoman - 2017
2.  Top 10 effective natural remedies to cure menstrual cramps  menstrual cycle, Elawoman - 2017
3.  Irregular periods - what are the types, causes, and treatment of irregular periods?  irregular menstrual cycle, Elawoman - 2017
4.  Period delaying pills - best solution for how to postpone periods  oral contraceptives, Elawoman - 2017
5.  Polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) - symptoms, causes and treatments  PCOS, Elawoman - 2017

6 Comments

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Amy E

I am suffering from irregular periods for 8 months. Is it a matter of concern or I can ignore it?

Oct. 5, 2018, 12:35 p.m. 4.5

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Sudipa Dutta

If someone's period cycles are shorter than 25 days then it should not be taken lightly because such women can have shorter luteal phase which is a hindrance in the path of pregnancy.

Oct. 1, 2018, 10:58 p.m. 4.0

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Arpita Rai

I took emergency contraceptive pills twice and it disrupted my cycle. My cycle got early by 10-15 days. Emergency contraceptive pills should be avoided at any cost.

Aug. 16, 2018, 10:28 p.m. 5.0

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Tatiana Rose

Poor eating habits and lifestyle can also result in getting early periods. PCOS is also responsible for having early periods. I know one of my friends and she has PCOS. Her cycles are very abrupt. Sometimes she get early periods and sometimes her periods are late by a month. Very difficult to pre...

Aug. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m. 5.0

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Kapil Kumar

I think girls should exercise regularly to have a normal menstrual cycle. But heavy exercises should be avoided at all costs as it can have serious negative effects on menstrual cycle regularity.

Nov. 1, 2017, 12:29 p.m. 5.0

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Suganya Banerjee

I was quite tensed that why I got my periods earlier since last 2 months. After reading this article, I got my concepts clear and now I am relieved. Many thanks for posting this blog.

Nov. 1, 2017, 12:23 p.m. 4.5

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