Irregular periods

What do you mean by a normal period?

On an average, a normal period is one that appears every 24 to 38 days and usually lasts about 2 to 8 days.

An irregular period can be classified as such if –

  • The time between each period starts to change
  • More or less blood flow during the period than normal
  • Variation in number of days the period lasts

There are many reasons for irregular periods – 

  • Changes in the body hormones (estrogen and progesterone) can cause irregular periods. So women going through puberty and menopause where there is a fluctuation in amount of hormones in the body can cause irregular periods
  • Stress, too much exercise, starvation or extreme weight gain
  • IUD
  • Starting or stopping of birth control pills
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Thyroid problems
  • Uterine fibroids
  • PCOD

When to see a doctor?

  • If you miss 3 or more periods in a year (with a negative pregnancy test)
  • If your period lasts for more than 7 days
  • If you get your period more often than every 21 days
  • If you get your period less often than every 35 days
  • If you’re bleeding between your periods
  • If you’re bleeding more or less heavily than normal during your period
  • If you have more pain than you normally do during your period

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