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What are some of the common causes of irregular periods?

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Dr. Jennifer Frank
Family Medicine 22 years experience
PCOS, Hormones: Irregular periods can be those that occur too often, too infrequently, are very light or very heavy. They can be caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome, pregnancy, hormone changes, perimenopause, and medications. Other causes include elevated prolactin levels or thyroid problems.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Common causes of irregular periods that are late then early?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it common to have irregular periods?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Yes: Irregular periods are common even in younger women and become much more frequent after age 40.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Are irregular periods a common problem?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Very common : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Help! what could be causing my irregular periods?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get GYN eval to know: Reasons for irregularity include weight gain or loss, breastfeeding, alcohol use, eating disorders, marked emotional stress, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, cervical polyps, polycystic ovarian syndrome, excessive exercise & pregnancy. When a girl has just started menstruating & around the time of menopause periods can be irregular.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is causing my irregular periods?

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Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Many things: Hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, stress, new medications (certain ones), weight gain or weight loss, thyroid problems, fibroids, endometrial polyps of precancerous cells are some of the causes of irregular periods.

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