Irregular Periods 101
Irregular periods can be a common occurrence for some people.
For those who menstruate, an average cycle can last between 24 and 38 days.
Signs of irregular periods can be a fluctuation of the number of days between periods; the amount of blood during a period erratically changing from month to month, or periods coming further and further apart.
There can be a number of common factors which can influence irregular periods:
- Occasional periods of stress
- Weight loss or gain
- Increased intense exercise
- Hormonal contraception
Periods becoming irregular can also be a sign of pregnancy as well as menopause.
However, there are a number of underlying conditions which can influence period irregularity. These include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid problems
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Certain cancers (cervix, womb and ovaries)
When to see a doctor:
If your periods have recently become irregular and you think you may be pregnant, it’s important to take a test as soon as possible.
It’s important to understand the causes of your irregular periods, so we would recommend visiting your GP to rule out any underlying health conditions.
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