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Menstrual Cycle Problems

Menstrual cycles can naturally fluctuate from month to month, and many women approaching menopause may notice differences in their menstrual cycle. Irregular periods can be frustrating and interrupt a woman's day-to-day life. However, irregular menstrual cycles and other menstrual problems such as spotting, cramping, and heavy flow can subside with the right treatment and lifestyle changes.

What Are Menstrual Cycle Problems?

Menstrual Cycle Problems

Normal menstrual cycles can range from 21 - 35 days, and usually menstruation occurs around the same time every month. Menstrual cycle problems are also known as irregular periods; this happens when an egg is not released at the same time every month.

Keeping a record of when your period ends and when the next one begins can allow you to see if you have menstrual problems. Below you can find a table showing phases of the uterus during a 28-day span:

Menstrual cycle

What Causes Menstrual Cycle Problems?

Menstrual cycle irregularities can be caused by physical or environmental circumstances. Birth control and other medications can create menstrual irregularities. Additionally, stress, anxiety, depression, and other psychological conditions can impact hormonal balance and cause irregular periods. Female athletes can also experience menstrual irregularities or missed periods.

Menstrual Cycle Problems

Women frequently experience irregular periods when they experience changes in hormones, such as during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Women approaching menopause may experience more sporadic periods with a heavier flow.

Handling Menstrual Cycle Problems

Because menstrual irregularities can be caused by a range of things, it is impossible for there to be one fix-all. Unless you have other symptoms along with irregular periods, or your menstrual cycle problems are preventing you from living your day-to-day life, you probably do not need a treatment. Menstrual irregularities are common and normal for many women. This can include periods that vary in length, heavier or lighter periods, and cramping, which can all be normal parts of the menstrual cycle.

Carrying around extra tampons, pads, and pantyliners can help if you are worried about getting your period unexpectedly and not having protection. Talk to your doctor about going on birth control or changing the birth control you are on, because birth control should help regulate your menstrual cycle.

Menstrual Cycle Problems

It is important to note that irregular periods can be related to an underlying medical condition, especially if you have heavy bleeding or spotting between periods. If you have symptoms other than an irregular period, or feel like you have an underlying condition that needs to be treated, you should consult your medical professional. Click on the following link for more information on treating 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.

Constant Irregular Periods

Irregular periods are one of the earliest signs that a woman is approaching menopause. They can be caused by a range of medical conditions.

Irregular Periods: When Will They Stop?

Irregular periods are a common symptom of menopause. They typically stop after the menopause transition, but bleeding may occur after.

Sources:
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2013). Menstrual cycle: What's normal, what's not. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/womens-health/in-depth/menstrual-cycle/art-20047186
  • National Institutes of Health. (2014). What causes menstrual irregularities? Retrieved from https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx