Irregular Period Cycles
What is an Irregular Period Cycle?
Irregular menstrual or period cycles are defined as the variations in the duration, length and timings of periods. A difference of 3 to 4 days can still be counted as “normal” but more than that counts are irregular menstruation.
When is Menstruation called Irregular?
A regular cycle usually spans between 21 to 35 days. If the menstruation cycle is shorter than 24 days, longer than 34 days, or if the duration varies drastically from month to month, then the menstruation cycle is called irregular.
Common Causes of Irregular Period Cycles
Hormonal imbalances arising due to thyroid, PCOS, severe anxiety and stress, perimenopause, unexceptional weight fluctuations, irregular diet and nutrition, and chronic sickness, PCOD, emotional disbalances, and mental disturbances
How Common is it?
of women experience irregular period cycles at some point in their lives
of women aged 18-45 in India have reported irregular menstruation
of Indian women with irregular periods experience hormonal imbalances
of women with irregular menstruation face challenges in planning for pregnancy
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How many days are normal for irregular periods?
Usually, menstrual periods last for about four to seven days and have a regular cycle of approximately 28 days. However, irregular periods deviate from this pattern. Examples of irregular periods include those that happen less frequently than 21 days or more frequently than 35 days apart. Additionally, missing three or more consecutive periods and experiencing menstrual flow that is significantly heavier or lighter than usual are also considered irregular.
How do you know my cycle if my periods are irregular?
If the length of your menstrual cycle, which is the time between the start of your periods, constantly varies, it indicates that you have irregular periods. Your menstrual cycles may occur earlier or later than expected. Typically, the average menstrual cycle lasts around 28 days, although it's considered normal for it to be slightly shorter or longer than this.
Can birth control pills help regulate irregular periods?
Indeed, specific hormonal contraception techniques like combined birth control pills or hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) can assist in regulating menstrual cycles and establishing a more predictable pattern of periods. It is advisable to consult your doctor to determine the most suitable option for your individual needs and circumstances.
Are irregular periods a sign of infertility?
While irregular periods themselves may not directly indicate infertility, they can be occasionally linked to fertility challenges. If you are actively attempting to conceive and have concerns, seeking guidance from a fertility specialist can offer valuable insights and assistance.