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A 24-year-old female asked:

what is a irregular period?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Irregular is about U: Irregular period are periods that are different that your normal periods. This usually represents a change in when, how long or how intense the period is compared to your normal periods.
Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
See your doctor: At 47 yrs of age, the hormonal changes related to aging are frequently a cause of irregular periods and need to be investigated. A sonogram, labs and possibly a biopsy of the lining of the uterus may be needed. Fibroids can cause as well. Once dangerous causes are ruled out: tx options may include: a low dose ocp, cyclic progestin/ or Progesterone pills, or surgical tx's if you want to stop them.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The BC pill can often pace your cycles by using it's supplemental hormones to make you regular/predictable. That will require that you meet with an OBGYN & have a thorough review of personal/family medical history to see if you are suitable. Some can come off the pill in the future & remain regular but some do not. It is something to try.

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A 37-year-old male asked:

Why do people have irregular period?

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Dr. Ron Eaker
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many reasons : There are many reasons for irregular cycles. It may be not ovulating regularly, other hormonal or metabolic problems, pregnancy, even changes in weight and stress.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is having an irregular period normal?

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Dr. Susan Almquist
Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 years experience
It varies.: Most women (not on any kind of birth control/hormones) should have a monthly period. Some medical conditions cause irregular periods, and this is not normal. Women approaching menopause will probably have irregular periods until they stop completely. A person's age, medical history, exam, and labs will help determine if this is normal. Check with your doctor if you are having irregular cycles.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Would my irregular period stunt my growth?

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology 35 years experience
No: Menstrual irregularity is common in women in their forties. It has no relation to growth, even in teenage women.
Commack, NY
A 27-year-old female asked:

What is considered an irregular period?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Lori Lange
Dr. Lori Lange commented
Specializes in Family Medicine
I would say more or heavier or lighter flow in any cycle is abnormal. Only you would know what is regular for you. Frequency is 28 days or your normal. Some individuals are never regular, others change due to stress, exercise, age. some ladies are every 28 days on the dot. Your regular is known to you.
Jun 6, 2018
Staten Island, NY
A 24-year-old female asked:

Help with my irregular period?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Question vague but: Many women have occasional variation of their menstrual period timing, some spotting between periods, a heavier or lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or Ob-Gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome.

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