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Frequent and Light Menstrual Cycles

Most women will experience frequent and light menstrual cycles at some point during their lifetime. Menopause has many affects on a woman’s body and mind, frequent and light menstrual cycles are just one of these effects. They can be a cause of concern for many women, so it is vitally important to understand such changes and what they mean.

What are frequent and light menstrual cycles?

irregular periods frequentWomen normally maintain a somewhat regular period pattern, yet no woman is completely consistent. Periods occur every 23 to 35 days, but they are classed as regular if they happen on roughly the same date each month. At a certain age, the frequency of periods starts to fluctuate considerably, making menstruation extremely difficult and even impossible to track.

Frequent and light menstrual cycles are also known as irregular periods and mean that a woman does not properly develop and release a mature egg every month as she should do.

When do frequent and light menstrual cycles begin?

Frequent and light menstrual cycles often begin during perimenopause which is the stage before actual menopause begins. Symptoms of perimenopause include irregular periods and changes in blood flow. Menstrual irregularities such as this may occur for many years before menopause begins.

What causes frequent and light menstrual cycles?

The causes of frequent and light menstrual cycles can be divided into two areas; psychological and physical. Psychological aren’t as common as physical and it’s generally accepted that physical causes are largely responsible for frequent and light menstrual cycles.

irregular periods menstrualPsychological causes of frequent and light menstrual cycles: Anxiety and other forms of emotional daily stress, overdoing things, and fatigue can all cause frequent and light menstrual cycles. If these factors are not controlled, they could prompt emotional instability. This can lead to body functioning imbalance and, consequently, frequent and light menstrual cycles. Either way, bear in mind that physical causes of irregular periods are much more common.

Physical causes for frequent and light menstrual cycles: Hormones like estrogen and progesterone have a definite effect on menstruation due to the fact they regulate ovulation during the menstrual cycle. Without the right balance of these hormones, women are unable to properly ovulate, producing abnormal (anovulatory) menstruation that can lead to menstrual cycle problems. Thus, it is very important to maintain healthy hormone levels to avoid and control frequent and light menstrual cycles.

Click on one of the links in the article below to learn more about the various treatments for frequent and light menstrual cycles and to establish which is the right one for you.

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Sources:
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause." November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.