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Menstrual Irregularities

Most women are likely to suffer menstrual irregularities at some point in time. Menstrual irregularities can become a real burden if not dealt with in the right way. Therefore it’s worth taking the time to find out more and understand menstrual irregularities to better inform yourself about this condition.

What are menstrual irregularities?

Menstrual Irregularities fertileNormally every woman has a period pattern - a time when they expect their period to start. However, no woman is completely regular. Periods can vary from 23 to 35 days, but you are considered regular if your periods occur at roughly the same date each month. At a certain age in a womanīs life, the frequency of periods starts fluctuating considerably, making them extremely difficult or even impossible to keep track of. This is the nature of menstrual irregularities.

Menstrual irregularities are also known as anovulatory periods and they basically mean that women do not properly develop and release a mature egg every month as they normally should. Understanding why menstrual irregularities occur is essential in dealing with this problem effectively.

What causes menstrual irregularities?

Menstrual Irregularities factorsMenstrual irregularities are caused by various factors such as anxiety, stress, doing too much, and fatigue, among other things. A womanīs busy life can affect her menstrual pattern enormously as can her diet. The most common cause of menstrual irregularities however is hormonal imbalance, brought on by menopause.

Hormones like estrogen and progesterone have a definite effect on your menstruation as they regulate ovulation during the menstrual cycle. Without a balanced level of these hormones, women are unable to properly ovulate, resulting in abnormal (anovulatory) menstruation that will lead to menstrual irregularities. Thus, maintaining healthy hormone levels is important in both avoiding and controlling menstrual irregularities.

The following articles explains which steps to take in managing menstrual irregularities so that they donīt impact on your life too much. Please keep reading to find out more about controlling menstrual irregularities.

How can I deal with menstrual irregularities?

Menstrual Irregularities stretchThe first thing to do in managing menstrual irregularities is to work out if they are caused by psychological (stress, etc.) or physical (hormonal imbalance) factors. If your menstrual irregularities are triggered by psychological factors then you should try to do more exercise and consider taking up a hobby such as Yoga to help you relax.

If physical factors have prompted your menstrual irregularities then consider using an alternative medicine to deal with the hormonal imbalance. Combining this treatment with lifestyle approaches such as more exercise and rest time will provide optimum results.

Click on the following link to learn more about the treatments for menstrual irregularities that are most suitable 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.