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Suffering irregular periods

Dr. Ankur
April 29, 2011

Menstruation or periods start in young girls when they reach the teenage. The common age for starting the periods is between 12 to 16 years of age. But many times climatic conditions can either extend its occurrence or make it come early.  The irregular period’s problem in young girls is more as it is the beginning and the body has yet to adjust to the cycle properly. But apart from it, there are many other reasons due to which irregular periods can become a regular feature in a woman’s life. This can catch the lady unprepared at times which is a very embarrassing situation. 

Causes of irregular periods

Whatever your age may be if your periods are not regular then it is a harbinger of your menstrual cycle having lost the balance. But relief is that the case of irregular periods is benign and hence it generally does not hamper your regular body condition. Irregular periods include the conditions such as too frequent periods, bouts or spotting of heavy bleeding, missed periods and even clotting. These are all the resultant of hormonal count going haywire. This imbalance in hormonal conditions can be easily treated with proper and regular medication. When the teenage girls suffer from such problems, it is understandable as it takes couple of years for the hormones to get the whole cycle under control and regularize menstruation. Irregularity in periods can be also the indication of menopause period. So although it’s necessary for you to have a chat with your lady doctor on these issues, its indeed not that serious, unless accompanied by some other ailments as well. Pregnancy is also one of the reasons which tips your periods off the balance.

Some other causes are:

  • Huge amount of weight loss or weight gain in very short time can lead to hormonal imbalance. Low body weight has always been a common problem for irregular periods but obesity too is known to interrupt the menstrual cycle at times.
  • Severe emotional stress or depression or even trauma can lead to irregularity in periods. Stress has a great influence on our reproductive health and if you are taking medication for treating any psychological problem then this can also disrupt the menstruation cycle  
  • Eating disorders like bulimia nervosa or anorexia too can be reason for irregular periods.
  • Too much of exercise or body straining activities also disrupt the menstruation cycle. Many athletes face such problem as their work out sessions is indeed very grueling.
  • Some times the new mothers do not start regular periods till the time they are breast feeding.
  • Consumption of drugs or alcohol in excess is also the cause of such disruption. 
  • Uterine abnormalities like cervical polyps or endometriosis and uterine fibroids too can lead to disruption in periods. Apart from breaking the menstrual cycle, these diseases or outgrowths are also very painful and has to be removed fast so that they do not develop into more serious problems.   


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