Menstrual irregularities occur when the length of a women’s period falls outside the regular schedule (28 days) or the flow is lighter or heavier than what is considered “normal”. Other signs of an irregular period include those that last longer than 7 days, severe cramping, varying lengths between periods, and bleeding or spotting between periods.
Irregularities in a menstrual cycle may be the result of a medical condition such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), bleeding disorders, or ovarian cancer. They can also be caused by lifestyle factors such as extreme dieting or physical activity, stress, weight gain, viruses, and illnesses.
Women should keep note of their periods and work with an ob-gyn in order to spot irregularities. If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of irregular periods, the women’s health team at Schneck is here to help.