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Early Menstrual Period

Most women will probably experience early menstrual periods at some point in their lifetime. A woman's daily routine can be significantly disturbed by menstrual irregularities, and its impact may become deeper if not given the necessary attention. Listed below is important information about early menstrual periods, as well as useful strategies to manage them.

What Are Early Menstrual Periods?

Most women have a pattern in their menstrual cycle, though deviations can crop up from time to time. Menstrual cycles typically last from 25 - 31 days, band as long as they occur at roughly the same interval, they will be classed as regular. As perimenopause approches, the frequency between periods may start fluctuating, making them extremely difficult or even impossible to track.early menstrual period.

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Early menstrual periods are also known as anovulatory periods. This means that women do not properly release a mature egg every month as they do normally.

Types of Menstrual Periods

Early periods and related irregularities can be described in different ways.

Irregular periods that affect frequency of menstruation

Polymenorrhea. Frequent periods (with intervals of 21 days or less).

Oligomenorrhea. Infrequent and short menstrual periods. Frequency exceeds 35 days in each cycle, and bleeding last less than three days.

Amenorrhea. Absence of periods for more than 60 days in a woman of reproductive age. Usually occurs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Irregular periods that produce pain during menstruation

Dysmenorrhea. Cramps or painful menstruation. This involves menstrual periods that are accompanied by either sharp, intermittent pain or dull aching, usually in the pelvis or lower abdomen.

Irregular periods that affect quantity of menstruation

Hypomenorrhea. A menstrual cycle with light bleeding.

Menorrhagia. This refers to an abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual period. It may be associated with abnormally painful periods (dysmenorrhea).

What Causes Early Menstrual Periods?

The causes of early menstrual periods can be divided into psychological and physical.

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Psychological causes

Anxiety and other forms of emotional stress, such as overwork and fatigue, can cause early menstrual periods. If these factors are not controlled, they could not only cause menstrual irregularities, but also other health issues.

Physical causes

Hormones like estrogen and progesterone affect menstruation and cycle frequency, given that they regulate the ovulation during the menstrual cycle. Without hormonal balance, women may experience abnormal menstruation and irregular periods.

What to Do about Early Menstrual Periods

Early menstrual periods caused by anxiety, stress, overwork, and fatigue should be treated by scheduling rest and relaxation time and by integrating an exercise program into your life.

Click on the following link to learn more about the treatments for irregular periods.

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