It’s that time of the month again, or is it? For most women, a typical menstrual cycle will occur every 21 to 38 days. This is counted from the first day of one period until the first day of the next period. Generally, women will have their period once a month, but sometimes cycles can be irregular, causing delayed or missed periods.
What Is Considered Irregular?
It’s important to identify what a normal period is for your body so that you can determine an abnormal one. You may be experiencing an irregular period if you notice a change in the following:
- The number of days between periods
The length of time between cycles may become longer or shorter.
- How many days you spend bleeding
Again, this duration may be longer or shorter than usual.
- The amount of blood you lose during your period
This may be more or less than usual.
What Are The Causes?
First, rule out whether or not you may be pregnant before considering any other reasons for an irregular or missed period. Many things may cause disruptions in your flow:
This is a common culprit. Too much cortisol, known as the “stress hormone,” can affect estrogen and progesterone production and may impact when your flow begins.
- Extreme weight loss
A significant drop in body mass index (BMI) due to an eating disorder or over-exercising can be another contributing factor.
If you’ve just begun taking a new birth control medication, a possible side effect can be lighter or absent periods.
- Hormonal changes
A hormonal imbalance may affect how your body regulates your period. This could be due to thyroid issues such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is another hormonal disorder that causes ovulation to occur infrequently or not at all.
Should I Worry?
Generally, irregular periods shouldn’t be cause for alarm. If your irregular cycles continue for three consecutive months, you may wish to see a doctor, primarily to determine whether or not the cause is hormonal and begin treatment to re-balance the levels in your body.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact NuWave Medical Center today!