Irregular periods are very common problem among females. Typically women with irregular periods experience a shorter or a longer number of days between their normal menstrual cycles. Anything shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days is considered to be irregular.
Causes are rarely serious , most of them can tackled easily by lifestyle changes.
Lifestyle Changes Can Lead to Irregular Periods:
Significant weight loss, poor nutrition, and even lack of sleep can result in irregular periods. Many women attribute a missed period to stress and may feel relief about not having to deal with their monthly visitor. It’s always wise to balance your lifestyle choices to keep your health in check.
Increase daily exercise, remove carbohydrate-rich foods from your diet, and learn to relieve stress by practicing yoga or meditation.
Irregular Periods Can Affect Your Chances of Getting Pregnant:
Irregular periods can make getting pregnant more difficult. Document your fertility signs, especially cervical fluid, to help you determine when you’re ovulating. Longer cycles, an indication of irregular ovulation within a normal monthly cycle, could also be a result of a condition known as anovulation.
Irregular Periods Can Indicate Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
Approximately one out of 100 women under the age of 40 experience an irregular period that could lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome (POI). This condition causes the ovaries to function irregularly leading to decreased estrogen production. Symptoms of POI include excessive hair growth, weight gain, dandruff, acne, and infertility. If left untreated, POI can lead to more serious complications including endometriosis, ovarian cancer, and heart disease.
Irregular Periods Are Normal:
About 30% of women experience irregular periods during their reproductive years. For women taking certain types of birth control, periods can cease up to four times a year and cause your period to be irregular. A missed, early, or late period and heavy bleeding (menorrhagia) can also indicate an irregular period. Many women can also have a continuous period or one that can occur twice within one cycle.
Natural Treatments Can Help With Irregular Periods:
Techniques from acupuncture (which involves insertion of fine needles into the body to create “energy paths” along the body) to homeotherapy (which uses natural substances to stimulate the body’s healing processes), can be very effective methods for treating irregular periods.
It is always advisable to consult with a healthcare professional if you are experiencing an abnormal menstrual cycle