5 percent of adult women experience irregular menstruation, defined by the absence of a period over an extended period of time, and experiencing a period out of a normal scheduled cycle. While this may not seem like too much of a threatening gynecological condition, seeking medical care from our office is advised, as irregular menstruation can lead to serious issues with your health. In addition to seeking help from our expert staff, becoming more familiar with your irregular menstruation condition is another beneficial step to getting back on track.
Causes of Irregular Menstruation
If you can rule out pregnancy and menopause, but still have been enduring an irregular menstrual cycle, there are a variety of factors that could contribute to your current predicament. The good news? Many of the causes behind abnormal periods are lifestyle-related, so there is room for improvement. Causes of irregular menstruation include, but are not limited to:
- Sudden stress, and elevated levels of stress in general
- Losing weight too fast
- Weighing too little
- Practicing poor eating habits
- Food allergies – especially undiagnosed gluten sensitivities.
- Exercising too frequently, or at an intensity that is too high
- Taking yourself off of birth control
- Hormonal imbalances and disorders, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
- Thyroid conditions, which could lead to hormonal imbalances
Complications and Missing a Period
Oftentimes, getting your period irregularly can be a revealing hint that you may have another condition to worry about. Missed periods and generally irregular periods could mean that a woman’s hormone levels are either too low or too high. Additionally, women who consistently miss their periods are put at a higher risk for both thyroid disorders and PCOS, as they can be at the root of a woman’s irregular menstruation. An abnormal menstrual cycle can also make it extremely difficult to become pregnant, as a woman is not producing the proper amount of eggs or ovulating correctly. Secondary amenorrhea – when a woman has gotten her period in the past, but suddenly stops getting it – is another complication associated with irregular menstruation; alterations in mineral, glucose and fat metabolism are all results of amenorrhea, and they can increase the chances of a woman getting osteoporosis and coronary heart disease.
Irregular Menstruation Treatment in New Jersey
The types of treatment plans we offer to our patients are based off a number of factors, depending on the age, lifestyle, and overall health of the woman who is going through the symptoms of an irregular period. As previously mentioned, if you are going through menopause or have recently become pregnant, no treatment is necessary. Simply put, we are able to treat irregular menstruation in a number of ways – these include treating an underlying condition that is causing it to happen (such as PCOS), switching up the types of birth control you take, suggesting serious lifestyle changes, providing hormone therapy and in some cases, surgery (in the event that there is a structural problem in the uterus).
Schedule an Appointment with an OB/GYN in New Jersey
A woman usually gets her period every 24 to 38 days – if you get your period less often than 35 days, bleed for longer than seven days, miss three or more periods within the span of a year or get your period more often than every 21 days, it’s strongly advised that you contact our office and schedule an appointment via the form on our website. At Anthony C. Quartell, M.D. & Associates, we are truly here for you, and promise to provide the most excellent care – especially when it comes to irregular menstruation.