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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Definition)

Pcos is a metabolic disorder affecting 8-10% of women that may cause irregular periods, acne or increased hair growth, infertility or subfertility, and increases the risk of diabetes. To diagnose pcos, we need 2 out of 3 of: 1. Irregular or no periods 2. Acne, hair growth and/or blood tests showing too much male-type hormones (androgens) 3. Ultrasound showing large ovaries ...Read more


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Can you still ovulate with pcos and irregular periods?

Can you still ovulate with pcos and irregular periods?

Still possible: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Diet and exercise can get ovulation back on track. See a GYN though. ...Read more

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Periods have become irregular and spotting between periods?

Periods have become irregular and spotting between periods?

Consultation needed: We're going to need to know just a little bit more about your health history before being able to provide you with an answer as to why your periods have become irregular. Thyroid issues? Other symptoms? Pap history? Hormone use? Etc. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular. Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis. Periods are irregular.  Is withdrawal bleeding good for my body?

In some circumstance: Not sure exactly what you mean by "withdrawal bleeding". If you mean that having a menstrual flow by withdrawing the hormones Progesterone and estrogen - yes that is the normal menstrual cycle. A woman with endometriosis however in order to decrease her pain can stay on continuous hormones and thereby not have a withdrawal bleeding and thus avoid the cyclical pain. ...Read more

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Excessive bleeding irregular periods and sometimes terrible pain?

Excessive bleeding irregular periods and sometimes terrible pain?

Dysmenorrhea: Dysmenorrhea (painfule period), take Motrin a few days befiore period start and during the period. Excessive bleeding, keep pad diary per day (normal is about 4-5 per day) bring to doctor; i will take iron 1-3 times a day, and have anemia test done. See pcp or gyn. ...Read more

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I am experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding (quality: between menstrual periods, contains blood clots) , excessive menstrual bleeding and spotting.

I am experiencing  abnormal vaginal bleeding (quality: between menstrual periods, contains blood clots) , excessive menstrual bleeding and spotting.

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding is 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. ...Read more

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Irregular mensess,heavy bleeding s menses?

Irregular mensess,heavy bleeding s menses?

Many poss causes: Se the GYN as this should be evaluated to determine the cause, so tx can be started to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does pcos cause irregular bleeding ?

Does pcos cause irregular bleeding ?

Yes it can: PCOS can certainly cause irregular periods, but it isn't the only culprit. Thyroid disorders can do the same thing. If you haven't had an exam and testing by a MD, now would be a good time for that. I it is PCOS, metformin can be helpful in minimizing some of its symptoms. ...Read more

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Can having irregular menstrual periods cause infertility?

Can having irregular menstrual periods cause infertility?

Sometimes: It depends on why you have irregular periods. Of the cause is that you are not ovulating you will have trouble getting pregnant. Off you keep a calander you may discover tat you are more regular tan is obvious ...Read more

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Is breakthrough bleeding and/or bleeding between periods normal?

Yes: Hormones regulate your menstrual cycle and nearly all women will have some irregularities to their menstrual cycle at some point in their lives. However, breakthrough bleeding can be a sign of hormonal imbalance, a polyp or fibroid, or even pre-cancerous cells in the uterus. I would recommend evaluation by a physician for break through bleeding. ...Read more

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After IUD removal, menstrual cylces changed from regular to irregular & now are 40 days menstrual cycles is it normal? NO PCOS & cysts. Normal thyroid

After IUD removal, menstrual cylces changed from regular to irregular & now are 40 days menstrual cycles is it normal? NO PCOS & cysts. Normal thyroid

Maybe: An average woman will experience periods every 28-35 days. Maybe your cycle has been disrupted and usually these irregularities resolve with time. If not, you can be on birth control pills that can also regulate your periods. Best wishes. Dr M ...Read more

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I am experiencing irregular menstrual periods (quality: spotting between periods) . The following also describe me: Hair loss and Abnormal vaginal...

I am experiencing  irregular menstrual periods (quality: spotting between periods) . The following also describe me: Hair loss and Abnormal vaginal...

Check thyroid: I am suspicious that your symptoms indicate a possible thyroid issue. Also, polycystic ovarian syndrome should be considered. These diagnoses can be made by checking some bloodwork, which you're gyn can order. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tubal Ligation 8/14. Been on BC to regulate cycle-was have 2/month. Now having irregular bleeding. Been having cramps & bleeding for 3 days. Why?

Tubal Ligation 8/14. Been on BC to regulate cycle-was have 2/month. Now having irregular bleeding. Been having cramps & bleeding for 3 days. Why?

Common problem: 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. ...Read more

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Ihave pcos & very IR periods. Only real sx of pcos i have are IR bleeding (brown clumpy spotting)&polycystic ovaries. Can weight loss help reverse sx?

Ihave pcos & very IR periods. Only real sx of pcos i have are IR bleeding (brown clumpy spotting)&polycystic ovaries. Can weight loss help reverse sx?

In some cases: Obese patients with PCOS can often improve with weight loss. Getting to a normal body weight can decrease the elevated Insulin levels that trigger the hormonal imbalance. Thin patients with PCOS will not improve with weight loss. Birth control is often used to provide cycle regulation in patients with PCOS. ...Read more

Dr. Liesa Harte
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Irregular Bleeding (Definition)

Irregular bleeding is a clinical finding in which a woman's menstrual bleeding is not in a similar pattern each month. She may have spotting between menstrual periods, or have light periods alternating ...Read more


Dr. Liesa Harte
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Irregular Menstrual Periods (Definition)

Average women will have a period every 24-34 days. If you do not have a period within this range, you would be considered to have ...Read more