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Are My Irregular Periods Normal?

It is very common for women to experience irregular periods during menopause. As the body decreases its production of estrogen and menstruation slowly ceases, a woman will experience irregularities with her period. In fact, disruptions to your menstrual cycle are all but inevitable during this natural process. Keep reading to learn more about irregular periods, what they are, what to expect, and possible treatments to lessen their severity and frequency.

Irregular Periods: Disruptive, Unpredictable, and Perfectly Normal

When your menstrual cycle has remained fairly consistent throughout your entire adult life, it can be easy to view your irregular periods as abnormal. However, irregular periods and missed periods are common during the menopausal transition.

Periods Will Fluctuate

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During menopause, levels of female sex hormones fluctuate. As a result, the timing may be unpredictable, the flow can change, and there may be spotting in-between.

Periods Will Be Unpredictable

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As you transition through menopause, the time between periods can increase or decrease, altering the frequency with which they occur. This can make it harder to predict when your period will begin.

You Can Relieve Your Irregular Periods

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Irregular periods are caused by a shift in hormones. You can try to regulate them by addressing the hormonal imbalance. Start by making simple lifestyle changes such as eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. You can also try alternative medicines and herbs.

Some women experience extreme irregular periods that disrupt their daily lives. If you are experiencing what you believe to be abnormal symptoms, it is important to consult with a medical professional about your treatment options and to test for any chronic conditions. Click in the following link to learn more about irregular periods.

Frequent Menstrual Cycles

Most women will experience frequent and light menstrual cycles at some point during their lifetime. Continue reading to know more about frequent periods.

Irregular Periods and Brown Discharge

Normal lasting periods can also be considered irregular if characterized by irregular bleeding and brown discharge. Find how to overcome them here.

Thyroid and Irregular Periods

Irregular periods are usually not a concern, but they can be caused by an underlying issue, such as a thyroid condition. Click here for more info.

Sources:
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007
  • 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.