Let’s Talk About Dealing With An Irregular Menstrual Cycle

February 25, 2020

Is there anything worse than having an irregular menstrual cycle? Scratch that, is there anything worse than having an irregular menstrual cycle and being sexually active.

Irregular menstrual cycles

We’ll give you five minutes to think.

Irregular Menstrual cycles occur when the usual 24 -28 day rule doesn’t apply to certain women or having a period outside of the known 2 – 8 day period.

irregular menstrual cycle

This can happen because well, some uteruses believe they’re big girls who don’t need to follow any rules.

Just playing, here are some real reasons women might be getting irregular menstrual cycles:

Causes of Irregular Menstrual Cycles.

Stress.

irregular menstrual cycle

You think worrying over every girl’s picture Nnamdi liked in the past week doesn’t have repercussions? Guess again. Stress can cause irregular menstrual cycles.

A little too much exercise.

irregular menstrual cycles

See, sometimes it’s good to love your pot belly like that oh. Excessive exercise can lead to irregular menstrual cycles.

It could just be pregnancy.

irregular menstrual cycles

Yah. A baby in your belly could cause irregular menstrual cycles in a woman. Maybe take a test and See?

Hormonal birth control pills.

Hormonal birth control pills and Intrauterine devices (IUDs) can cause irregular bleeding. Same with birth control pills. It’s all a part of the territory.

Endometriosis.

This is a condition where the tissue that usually lines the uterus grows outside of it, causing prolonged and painful periods, together with heavy bleeding.

Being overweight.

Because obesity can affect hormone and insulin levels, this can lead to an interference with the menstrual cycle.

Extreme weight loss and eating disorders.

irregular menstrual cycles

Excessive/rapid weight loss can cause your period to stop. Same with not consuming enough calories. This can prevent your body from producing hormones necessary for ovulation.

Treatments For Irregular Menstrual Cycles.

There’s no hard and fast rule to treating irregular periods as treatment usually depends on the cause of the irregularity.

Your doctor may advise a change of contraceptives or an improved method where contraception is to blame. Improved eating habits where that causes irregular menstrual cycles or stress-relieving exercises where stress is to be blamed.

Bottom line, you should see a doctor if your periods become too irregular and start to be a cause of worry. Zikoko always has the best advice and articles for you.

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