Irregular periods are usually of the main signs that a woman is approaching the unpleasant stage of menopause. Before reaching this point, most women have determined what counts as an irregular period for them. It may be an increase or decrease in duration, intensity, and flow.
Most women will experience frequent and light menstrual cycles at some point during their lifetime. These are most commonly associated with menopause, but can affect any woman in any stage of her life. To gain a better understanding about your frequent periods during the perimenopausal stage, continue reading below.
What Are Frequent Menstrual Cycles?
Perimenopausal women normally maintain a somewhat regular menstrual cycle, yet no woman is completely consistent. Women shouldn't be worried about irregular periods because a missed period or two over the course of the year is normal. An irregular period is considered attention-worthy if the alterations in a woman's typical menstrual cycles persist after several months.
Typically, periods occur every 21 to 35 days, and are defined as being regular if they occur around the same date each month.
Irregular menstrual cycles are those that differ from a woman's normal cycle. Women who experience more frequent or light menstrual bleeding in each cycle are not properly developing and releasing a mature egg every month. However, abnormal bleeding, heavy blood clots, periods that last more than one or two days longer or shorter than normal, may also point to an underlying condition.
When Do Frequent Menstrual Cycles Begin?
Frequent and light menstrual cycles most often affect menopausal women (woman who are between the ages of 45 and 55). Women may begin to experience symptoms between two to ten years prior to menopause, the stage called perimenopause. However, there are some health conditions that can cause frequent and light periods like eating disorders, uterine abnormalities, and anemia, among others. Also, women who are under stressful situations will suffer from irregular periods.
What Causes Frequent and Light Menstrual Cycles?
There are many reasons why a woman might experience frequent and light menstrual cycles. Menstrual irregularities are typically caused by a hormonal imbalance, which can sometimes be managed by making lifestyle changes. Below are some of the more common factors.
Weight gain or loss
Birth control methods
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Talk to your doctor if your frequent and light menstrual cycles persist, in order to determine the cause and a possible treatment.
Click on the following link to learn more about the various treatments for frequent and light menstrual cycles.
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