Irregular periods are extremely common, but in some cases can indicate an underlying health issue, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis, that requires medical intervention. Leading board certified OB/GYN Dr. Ralph Armstrong, of Hollister Women's Health in Hollister, California, area, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating irregular periods and other gynecological conditions.
Everyone’s normal is a little different. However, in general, a menstrual cycle is considered regular if it occurs every 21 to 35 days and lasts between 4 to 7 days. That said an irregular menstrual cycle is one that varies every month. For example, sometimes it comes every 28 days, and on other occasions every 20 or 30 days.
Period irregularities are extremely common. In fact, just about every woman will experience menstrual irregularities at some point during her reproductive years. There are numerous reasons for an irregular cycle, ranging from temporary issues, like stress, fatigue or diet, to health problems that require treatment.
The list is extensive. Here is a sampling:
The first step is determining the reason for your irregular menstrual cycle. Dr. Armstrong will begin by taking a complete medical history, conducting a thorough physical examination and taking appropriate blood tests. If needed, an ultrasound, hysteroscopy or endometrial biopsy will be conducted. Once the underlying treatment is determined, treatment may consist of one or more of these approaches:
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