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what can cause my menstrual cycle to become irregular?

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Dr. Janis Fee
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Age, stress, etc: It can be due to irregular egg production, whether that is due to age or stress, medications or a combination. At age 47 irregularity of periods becomes more common. Watch out, you may be still fertile!

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a colposcope to prolong a menstrual cycle?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Unusual: Any stress on the body, such as surgery, can prolong or alter the next menses. It would be unusual for a colposcopy to cause this. However, if a biopsy was performed, the biopsy site can bleed lightly, usually for a day or two. Prolonged bleeding should be addressed by the gynecologist.
A 24-year-old member asked:

I've been on my menstrual cycle for 2months. How can this be?

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Dr. Leila Wing
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Internal Medicine 14 years experience
See Doctor: You need to see your gynecologist. Menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than a week needs to be evaluated asap.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some reasons a regular menstrual cycle might become very irregular?

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Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Multiple Reasons: There are many. Irregular periods can be hormonal from thyroid disease, elevated prolactin, or from pcos. It can be a sign of aging of the ovaries. Stress can play a role. Something physical like a fibroid or a uterine polyp can also cause that to occur. It is important to have a complete evaluation.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is a menstrual cycle called a period?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Occurs monthly: Colloquialisms are odd. Since menses occur about every 28 days in human females, there is a periodicity to them. It's an older term meaning regularly occurring. So one gets a period means its that time of the month for the periodic shedding of endometrial tissue absent a fetal implantation.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you have 2 menstrual cycle within a 1-month period?

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Dr. John Kirk
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yes: A relatively recent study showed that some women have the potential for more that one ovulating periods in a given "cycle." it is not common. More likely is an alternative such as an infection or a polyp in the cervix or uterus or hormonal change. Generally these are benign and easily treated. Check with your doctor. An ultrasound may be appropriate. Pregnancy and ovulatory bleeds are possible.

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