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What are irregular periods?

Normally, a period occurs every 24 to 38 days and it usually lasts for 2 to 8 days. When a normal period doesn’t occur on time or becomes unpredictable, it is said that you are suffering from irregular periods. A period is said to be irregular if-

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Risks

 

Endometriosis

 

Uterine fibroids.

 

Complications in pregnancy

 

Sexually transmitted diseases or infections

Causes

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Pregnancy

Hormonal birth control

Issues with the thyroid

Fibroids in the uterus

Endometriosis

Medications

Breastfeeding

Lifestyle conditions that contribute to irregular periods

Symptoms

Missing out on periods for 3 or more consecutive months

Period cycle occurring in less than 21 or more than 35 days

Menstruation continuing for more than 7 days

Intense pain and abdominal cramps

Feeling of nausea

Treatment

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Diagnosis of Irregular Periods

For diagnosis of irregular periods, the doctor asks the patient about her menstrual cycle and medical history. The doctor then performs a physical examination which entails a pelvic exam and a pap test. The doctor may also recommend the following tests:

  • To rule out anemia or other medical disorders, doctors recommend blood tests.
  • To check the presence of any infections, doctors perform vaginal cultures.
  • To look out for uterine fibroids, polyps or an ovarian cyst, a pelvic ultrasound exam can also be performed.
  • To confirm the presence of any cancerous cells, doctors also perform an endometrial biopsy. In this procedure, the doctor takes a sample of tissue with the help of a laparoscope to diagnose endometriosis, hormonal imbalance, or non-benign cells.

Treatment for Irregular Periods

For the correct treatment for irregular periods, evaluating its cause is of extreme importance. In case the patient suffering from the irregular period is a teen, young adult, or someone between the age of 25-40, the first approach to treat her irregular periods is medications. Depending upon the age of the patient, the gynecologist may suggest birth control pills and hormone pills to regulate her periods. In case the irregular is occurring due to PCOS, the gynecologist will suggest regulating the periods with dietary and lifestyle habits and medicines. If a woman in her later 40s or 50s is suffering from irregular periods, and the phenomenon is affecting her normal life, the gynecologist may suggest her undergoing hysterectomy. The surgery includes removal of the female's uterus and in some cases, also the ovaries. This treatment is suggested when all other methods of treating irregular periods fail.

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Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Pristyn Care is COVID-19 safe

Your safety is taken care of by thermal screening, social distancing, sanitized clinics and hospital rooms, sterilized surgical equipment and mandatory PPE kits during surgery.

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Assisted Surgery Experience

A dedicated Medical Coordinator assists you throughout the surgery journey from insurance paperwork, to free commute from home to hospital & back and admission-discharge process at the hospital.

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Medical Expertise With Technology

Our surgeons spend a lot of time with you to diagnose your condition. You are assisted in all pre-surgery medical diagnostics. We offer advanced laser and laparoscopic surgical treatment. Our procedures are USFDA approved.

Post Surgery Care

Post Surgery Care

We offer free follow-up consultations and instructions including dietary tips as well as exercises to every patient to ensure they have a smooth recovery to their daily routines.

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I have irregular periods but suspect I may be pregnant. What should I do?

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Natural ways to manage irregular periods

The treatment of irregular periods depends on the underlying cause or condition. Fortunately, there are some holistic natural remedies that women can follow to get the menstrual cycle back on track. Some of them are discussed below-

Practising Yoga: If you are suffering from irregular periods, practising yoga on a regular basis can help. Yoga not only reduces menstrual pain but also helps to cope up with symptoms such as depression and anxiety. This is considered beneficial as yoga regulates hormones as well as menstruation cycles.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Overweight or obese women are more prone to suffering from irregular periods, especially heavier bleeding and pain. The fat cells negatively impact the hormones responsible for ovulation, hence balancing a healthy weight becomes vital for women suffering from irregular periods. Women can exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.

Increasing the amount of ginger intake: Although there is no scientific evidence that explains how ginger works for irregular periods, many women have experienced instant relief from menstrual pain after consuming ginger juice.

Increase cinnamon intake: Cinnamon is beneficial to reduce bleeding and irregular periods. Cinnamon can also provide relief from cramps, nausea and vomiting during menstruation. 

Is it possible to get pregnant with irregular periods?

Yes, it is possible to get pregnant with irregular periods. Pregnancy is related to ovulation, the time when a woman is most fertile and carries the highest chances of getting pregnant. A girl or woman with irregular periods ovulates, just that the schedule of her ovulation is not predictable or defined. If a woman suffering from irregular periods has unprotected sex during her fertile window, there is a great possibility for her to become pregnant.

Unlike women who have regular menstruation, ovulation in women with irregular periods differ from cycle to cycle. This makes it difficult for her to understand when she is most fertile to get pregnant. 

A woman with an ovulation cycle of 28-30 days have 13 times the chances of getting pregnant, and she can also figure out well when her fertile window is. But in the case of a woman with irregular periods, the chances of getting pregnant drops to 6 times a year. Additionally, it is also tough to track when she is actually fertile.

How to track ovulation in case of irregular periods?

Compared to women with irregular periods, it is trickier for women with irregular periods to track their ovulation. But, there a few ways in which she can track her ovulation.

The woman is likely to get a lot of sticky and clear mucus ahead of her ovulation. The mucus can result in an increase in the level of estrogen which means she is ready to get pregnant. The woman is also likely to experience a rise in her basal temperature ahead of her ovulation. There is ideally a rise in the body temperature by at least half a degree during ovulation. A woman with irregular periods can also use ovulation trackers and test her urine to know when she will ovulate. 

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