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What causes irregular periods?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Hormonal imbalance

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. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier.

In brief: Hormonal imbalance

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. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine

In brief: Irregular ovulation

Ovulation is necessary to have normal spontaneous menstrual periods.
After ovulation the hormone Progesterone rises; if no pregnancy occurs, Progesterone falls and a period begins. In anovulation there is no Progesterone rise: menstruation cannot occur, so periods are irregular or absent altogether.

In brief: Irregular ovulation

Ovulation is necessary to have normal spontaneous menstrual periods.
After ovulation the hormone Progesterone rises; if no pregnancy occurs, Progesterone falls and a period begins. In anovulation there is no Progesterone rise: menstruation cannot occur, so periods are irregular or absent altogether.
Dr. Gerard Honore
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