Perhaps the most inevitable symptom of menopause is irregular periods. Irregular periods are common and almost expected as women transition through menopause. As the body prepares to have its final menstruation and enters a stage of infertility, a woman's menstrual cycle can vary greatly. Some women will see irregularities such as infrequent periods, spotting, and changes in flow. Others may have periods twice a month or every two weeks.
What is an Irregular Period?
In order to understand irregular periods, let's first take a look at what constitutes a “regular” period. Menstruation refers to the monthly shedding of the lining of the womb - a normal part of the female reproductive cycle. This cycle begins during puberty and continues until menopause. The average length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days, but a “normal” cycle can be between 21 and 35 days with menstruation of three to seven days. Soon after puberty, women tend to settle into a menstrual cycle that becomes normal for them.
An irregular period is one that does not conform to the general time frames outlined above or deviates from what a woman normally experiences. Symptoms of irregular periods include varying amounts of time between periods or irregular bleeding. Periods that occur every two weeks over a sustained period of time are exceptionally rare and constitute an extremely irregular period.
What Causes Irregular Periods Every Two Weeks?
A woman's menstrual cycle can be interrupted by an array of factors such as a change in the method of contraception, extreme weight loss or gain, a change in diet, and even stress. All of these influence the hormonal imbalance and lead to irregular periods. Menstruation is dependent upon the balance between estrogen and progesterone in a woman's body. During menopause these levels fluctuate and greatly affect a woman's cycle.
If you believe you are experiencing irregular periods that occur every two weeks, consult a medical professional to identify the cause and develop a treatment plan. A biopsy may be needed to rule out other causes like polyps, a thyroid disorder, or an abnormal thickening of the woman's uterine lining.
An abnormal thickening of uterus lining can sometimes result from an attempt to medically regulate hormones by taking an excess of estrogen supplements without accounting for progesterone. Estrogen is responsible for thickening the uterine lining and progesterone thins out the lining. Thus, a balance between these two hormones is necessary to regulate periods.
How Can I Deal with Irregular Periods?
Irregular periods due to menopause are hard to control because they naturally occur as a woman begins to stop menstruation completely. However, you may be able to help regulate your periods by following a healthy diet, exercise regime, and through the use of natural herbs. Some natural medicines work by boosting the body's own capacity to produce hormones such as estrogen and reduce the side-effects of estrogen depletion.
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