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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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not uncommon: 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.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can take for irregular periods?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Talk to a doctor: A doctor can evaluate you for low thyroid function and can talk to you about several other causes of irregular or heavy periods. Some of the treatments are hormonal. Birth control pills are a common treatment, but there are other options that preserve fertility (allow you to get pregnant.). And you may need to be evaluated for pcos (polycystic ovary syndrome), a common cause of irregular periods.
A 39-year-old member asked:

At 12, what are most common reasons for irregular periods?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
Not ovulating: At age 12 almost all girls are still early in establishing their menstrual cycle, and they are usually not ovulating consistently. While this is happening, and it can go on several years, her periods will be irregular. At age 12 this is not unusual and is rarely a cause for worry.
A 39-year-old member asked:

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.
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.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it common to have irregular periods when you first get it?

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Dr. Steven Weissberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Yes: Don't worry-they will become regular. The engine is starting up.

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