Having irregular or unpredictable periods can be inconvenient, but in most cases isn't a cause for concern. However, as there are several more serious reasons why you might be having irregular periods, it's best to consult the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York to get a fast and accurate diagnosis. The practice has offices in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Call the location nearest you or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.
Irregular periods are those that don't correspond to the typical monthly menstrual cycle.
Women 18-50 years old (the reproductive years) generally have menstrual cycles that last 28-35 days. That's from the first day of one period to the first day of your next one.
Each period lasts 4-6 days. They stop temporarily during pregnancy and permanently when you reach menopause. Irregular periods take several forms, including amenorrhea (not having periods), frequent bleeding, and bleeding between your periods.
Primary amenorrhea means not starting your periods as an adolescent. Secondary amenorrhea is when your periods start normally at puberty but stop at some point for more than three months.
The most obvious reason for menstruation to stop is pregnancy. If that's not the case, amenorrhea could be due to:
Excessive exercise can sometimes cause your periods to stop by interfering with estrogen production.
Frequent bleeding is when your menstrual cycle is shorter than the typical 28-35 days. Many women have a cycle as short as 22 days, but have regular periods and no underlying medical condition.
However, if your periods occur at or below 21-day intervals, it could indicate a problem such as:
A less common cause is cancer. Frequent periods can lead to anemia from losing too much blood. If you experience a change in your cycle, contact the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC to find out why.
For healthy women who have regular periods, bleeding mid-cycle is most likely related to ovulation. However, if you have bleeding at other times during your cycle, you should consult your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC.
The most likely causes are uterine fibroids, an overgrowth of the endometrium, or polyps. It's also possible for irregular bleeding to be a symptom of a malignant growth in your pelvic area.
Treatment for irregular periods depends on the cause and how much of a problem irregular menstruation is for you. Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC has state-of-the-art lab facilities and onsite ultrasound so that you can get a diagnosis quickly and with minimal inconvenience.
One possible treatment is hormone therapy, which helps regulate your periods and reduce bleeding. You could use birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings, an injection, an intrauterine device (IUD), or an implant.
Most women who experience irregular periods don't have any serious underlying conditions. However, it's always best to make sure. If you have irregular periods, call Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC or book an appointment online today.