Menstrual cycles usually have estimated clockwork timings. On an average, you are supposed have periods as at interval of 28 days. It can be 2-3 days before or after, and that isn’t much of a concern. But if it gets beyond that, it means you have irregular periods. Around 30% of women have irregular menstrual cycle during childbearing years. This is not usually a problem, but it signifies that you have health complications.
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How exactly is your periods irregular?
- Menstrual cycle is stated to be irregular if it happens before an interval of 21 days
- It is irregular if it lasts more than 8 days
- Missed, early or late, all of them are considered to be irregular.
To count your menstrual cycle and detect if it is irregular, you have to start counting from the last day of your preceding period and stop at the day your next period starts. You have to count for at least three months to measure the frequency. It is not just about how many days it has delayed or how many days it has come forward, if the time span between three months is significantly different, that too states that you have an irregular cycle.
Reason form missed and irregular periods
Missed periods are often related to the condition called ‘an-ovulation’. It means that ovulation didn’t happen during the menstrual cycle and the main reason could be severe hormonal imbalance. Sometimes, it could be subtle imbalances instead of severe ones. For instance, you might still the ovulation but the timing greatly varies from month to month. Medical conditions and lifestyle are both responsible for such conditions. We have listed down some of the main reasons which trigger improper menstrual cycles:
When you haven’t been into regular exercising, but you suddenly start off vigorously, it can have an effect in your menstrual cycle. Athletes who continue their practices often miss their periods. On the other hand, if you are underweight due to excess dieting or exercising, or you have eating disorders, you can have a similar condition. This could also lead you to weakness and illnesses.
Surprisingly yes! One thing that affects your cycle could be stress. If you have chronic stress, you get anxious too soon, you can go through hormonal imbalances. This in turn leads to irregularity of periods.
Birth control pills
Taking birth control pills lets you have irregular periods. It is supposed to last you for more than couple of months, but for some time you go through this situation. You might also bleed for a while, though that is not like regular period. You might also miss your periods for a long span, but then it eventually gets balanced.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
This is a medical condition which can happen to any woman. It is more common to women who have irregular lifestyles and who are obese. Tiny cysts form on our ovaries and they disrupt the regular ovulation. Women with this condition have had a history in having improper menstrual cycle. This can also cause infertility and increase heart and diabetes diseases.
When we start having our initial months of periods, it is not likely to be very regular. It takes time for the body to balance and to adapt to the new changes. Some women take years to settle the pattern. On the other hand, women who are near there menopause might have missed periods, light periods or heavy periods.
- If you have thyroid disorder you can have irregular periods. Blood levels of our thyroid hormone goes too high or low
- Sexually transmitted diseases can let you have irregular periods
- Eating disorder
After reading this article, you must have an idea about why you go through irregularities in your periods. If you think you have any chances of having polycystic ovary, it is advisable that you have a doctor consulted so that you can go through the medical procedures. If you have diabetes or you are near menopause, then it isn’t much that you can do about it. Try to reduce stress and follow exercises within a limit. All of these will help you to have a healthier menstrual cycle.
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How to get periods faster?
- Contraceptive pills: taking oral pills doesn’t just stop conception but also gets your periods faster. This is because they adjust the current hormones of your body. Women above 35 years of age should consult the doctor before having such pills. This is to avoid further complications if any.
- Vitamin C: it is known to accelerate periods because it deprives progesterone. This alternatively doesn’t allow you to have access of it as that could result in health issues.
- Herbs: some herbs which can help you get your periods faster are ginger and parsley. These make the uterus expand this it makes way for the flow. It also balances out your hormonal disorders which could be another reason for delayed periods. Add ginger or parsley to your tea. Consume once in the morning and once at night.
- Exercise: if you lack regular exercise you are bound to have physical issues. That can include increased weight or delayed period dates. Keeping oneself fit is one of the prime important things we do to ourselves. When you are fit, you will be sure that you menstrual cycle stays proper. There are some exercises which are specifically followed for bringing period date ahead. Search through some exercises and follow for quicker results.
- Reduce stress: reduce stressful worries from your mind as that too can make a difference in your body. You might not be able to avoid it, but you can try out some remedies to get away for some times. Try practicing yoga and meditate to keep your mind calm.
- Weight loss: gaining excessive weight within a short span of time can delay your periods. It is important to maintain your overall health and that is possible by maintaining you current physique.