Irregular Periods

Irregular Periods

Just as every person has distinct personalities and features, menstrual periods also differ from woman to woman. While some may experience light flow with little to no period cramps or pain, others may experience heavy flow and heightened period pain. The frequency and regularity of periods may also vary.

The typical time from one period to the next is 28 days but anything between 26-35 days is considered to be normal. If yours are more or less frequent then you may have irregular menses.

Causes of irregular periods vary and can be due to one or more reasons. These reasons may include the following:

  • Puberty- periods may be irregular for the first several years
  • Stress or too much exercise- finding a healthy lifestyle is great, but some activities may be causing your body stress.
  • PCOS, also known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Thyroid problems
  • Stress

  • Significant weight fluctuations
  • The use of progesterone intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Progestrone only birth control (Depoprovera injection, Implanon implant)
  • Pregnancy
  • Perimenopause/Menopause

Though your body may correct its cycle and become regular with time, you need to seek professional help if it doesn’t go back to normal after a few months. Dr. Karmel has many years of experience working with hormonal imbalances and irregular cycles.