Irregular Menses


Pelvis | Gynecology | Irregular Menses (Symptom)


Description

A menstrual disorder is an irregular condition in a woman's menstrual cycle.

Causes

Hormonal imbalance as a cause of irregular periods. Too frequent periods, missed periods, spotting or bouts of heavy bleeding and clotting usually occur because of underlying hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and this hormonal imbalance can be treated easily.

Pregnancy is also one of the major causes of irregular periods or missed periods. A woman will miss her period once she gets pregnant, but that is completely natural.

A wide variety of factors can be responsible for irregular periods, among them: significant weight gain or loss; over-exercise; poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates); smoking; drug use; caffeine; excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone); eating disorders; increased stress; polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance; uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis); hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause; medications; chemotherapy; recent childbirth, miscarriage; breastfeeding.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To diagnose irregular menses a health practitioner will normally perform a complete physical, including evaluations of thyroid function and blood pressure; a pelvic exam is critical to rule out any uterine abnormality, a cervical polyp or fibroid, or a uterine infection.

Regarding the treatment, most of the time, simply decreasing our stress, improving nutrition and adding adequate nutritional supplements can provide a natural way to restore regular menstrual cycles. Getting regular but moderate exercise may also help.

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