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A 22-year-old female asked:

I have irregular menstruation?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Lots of options: There are many options to improve menstrual cycle control. Many patients choose to go on birth control pills, nuvaring, the orthoeva patch and cyclic oral Progesterone pills. Discuss the options with your doctor as this is a very easy problem to fix.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
See your Doctor: 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.
Dr. Elise Sadoun
Family Medicine 15 years experience
Irregular periods: Normal periods occur about every 4 weeks, last up to 1 week, and do not cause severe pain. Periods which are more frequent or less frequent than about once monthly, last a long time or a very short time, or are accompanied by severe pain, are not normal. A woman should seek a doctor's care if having irregular periods.
Dr. Patrick Connerly
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 50 years experience
Just that: Most women's menses occur every 28-32 days. Some have intervals shorter or longer than that, but the interval is the same very month.Those are regular menses. Irregular is when the interval between periods varies by more than 4 days.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can I fix irregular menstruation?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Birth control pills: Birth control pills can achieve this.
A 19-year-old member asked:

What causes irregular menstruation?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brittany Chan
Dr. Brittany Chananswered
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Many causes.: Not ovulating during every cycle can cause irregular periods. This is is common in teens as their systems mature, but may also occur in adults. Excessive exercise, stress & eating disorders can also throw periods off, as well as polycystic ovarian syndrome, ovarian or adrenal tumors, thyroid dysfunction, or too much prolactin. Spotting between periods is commonly caused by infection.
Last updated Nov 14, 2018
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