Irregular Periods

Should you be concerned if you notice changes in the regularity of your periods?

Sometimes we tend to ignore the symptoms our body gives us and a change in your period’s pattern is a good example of this. Dr Abirami Thevakumar from Specialist Clinics of Australia in Sydney explains in this article the importance of paying attention to changes in your menstrual cycle as these changes may indicate a deeper health issue that will need to be investigated by your gynaecologist.

When do I know I have irregular periods?

When it comes to irregular periods, it’s about the menstruation cycle that changes rather than other time-related factors (such as the habit of having your period in the morning vs. evening).

“If you’ve had regular cycles throughout your life, it’s easy to notice a difference when your period shows up too quickly or later than usual. When your cycles become shorter or longer, and this happens for several months in a row, it should be perceived as an abnormal pattern,” says Dr Thevakumar.

There are two groups of women with irregular cycles:

  1. Periods in women who have naturally been getting irregular cycles since they were young girls should still follow a pattern. This changes when the pattern no longer applies.
  2. Women who have been getting regular periods, but now are experiencing a change in their cycles.

Basically, the first group of women should be aware that this is their genetic makeup and having irregular periods throughout your whole life is not unusual. However, even then you should be aware of what’s happening with your body and react if the irregularity is going off course more than usual.

The second group of women should be even more alert regarding the changes in their menstrual cycle. If you notice that 2-3 cycles are out of the ordinary and the problem is not sorting itself out, then it might be the time to go and see your GP or your gynaecologist to investigate the cause of this change.

What are the reasons behind irregular periods?

“There is a variety of reasons for getting irregular periods,” explains Dr Thevakumar. “For example, one common cause is related to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), where there’s a hormonal imbalance, which leads to the lack of ovulation and causes irregular cycles,” she points out.

However, PCOS is not the only reason for irregular periods. Other factors might include stress, medications, or depression.

Irregular periods are a treatable condition but the course of action depends on the cause of the imbalance. This is why initial diagnosis is so important, as there are various treatment solutions.

What can happen if I ignore irregular periods?

Irregular periods are a sign that you’re not ovulating. This might be an important consideration for women who are trying to conceive. In this case, it is advised to address this concern as soon as possible.

Appropriate medical care and treatment will balance your hormones out and get your ovulation back into the regular cycles that you should be having. This way, you can ensure that the chances of you becoming pregnant are at the highest.

However for those that DON’T want children and are not concerned with becoming pregnant, they may tend to wait too long for a checkup because they are “fine” with not having a monthly period.

Despite the artificial sense of comfort, don’t ignore irregular periods. The condition can involve the thyroid hormone. Additionally, symptoms such as lack of sleep and tiredness tend to be overlooked because it’s easy to find excuses for them – but they can also be related to your irregular periods. It is your body trying to send you wake up calls: “Hey, contact your GP for an appointment, something may not be right…”

“Prolonged chronic exposure to the lack of thyroid hormone and excessive production of adrenaline can take the toll on your body,” highlights Dr Thevakumar. Just because the danger is not imminent, it doesn’t mean it is not there. Checking your health is always worthwhile as there are appropriate treatments available to help you get your body balance back.

There can be more serious long-term problems related to irregular periods if left unchecked. “If irregular periods are related to overproduction of oestrogen and the imbalance of progesterone, women tend to experience long time gaps without any bleeding. Later on, this can be associated with cancer of the lining of the womb,” Dr Thevakumar cautions.

6 thoughts on “Irregular Periods? See Your Gynaecologist!”

  1. T says:

    I Need To Know If I Go To My Period On The 20 What Will Be My Fertile Days

    1. Sandra says:

      Hi T
      Thank you for your inquiry,you are welcome to call 1300889935 to book a consultation with our Gynaecologist
      to discuss your question, or book here https://specialistaustralia.com.au/booking/
      Thank you.

  2. M says:

    I’m a unmarried 25years old girl. I had started getting my periods when I was 14 years old & since then my periods were irregular, i always used to get my period in every 2 or 2.5 months & when i consult my doctor ,they told me that probably i have less blood or hormones imbalance, but now this time I didn’t get my period from 6months then please suggest me what should i do ?& can be there any big major problem ? please tell me I’m so worried about my period.

    1. Sandra says:

      Hi M, please contact Specialist clinics Australia 1300889935 to book an appointment with our Gynaecologist or at this link here
      https://specialistaustralia.com.au/booking/
      Thank you.

  3. LG says:

    I’m a unmarried 21 years old girl. I had started getting my periods when I was 14 years old & since then my periods were irregular, i always used to get my period in every 2 or 2.5 months & when i consult my doctor ,they told me that probably i have less blood or hormones imbalance & also said that when u will grow the problem will short out but now this time I didn’t get my period from 4 months then please suggest me what should i do ?& can be there any big major problem ? please tell me I’m so worried about my health

    1. Sandra says:

      Hi LG
      You can book an appointment with our Gynaecologists regarding your concerns by calling 02 8459 0312 or
      on our website here https://specialistaustralia.com.au/specialties/gynaecology/. Thank you.

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