Three Potential Causes of Irregular Periods and What to Do

Having an irregular period is more than an inconvenience; it is also an indicator that something might be wrong. It is important to report any changes to your period to your doctor. There are a lot of things that can cause irregular periods, including birth control changes, menopause, and even physical or mental stress. 

However, there are a few different potential causes of irregular periods that should be addressed by your doctor as soon as possible. That is why it is so important to report any changes to your doctor. They need to be able to evaluate the likelihood that one of these are the reason for your irregular periods.

Uterine Fibroids

Fibroids are small tumors that attach themselves to the wall of the uterus. These tumors can range in size from about an apple seed to a grapefruit. They are usually benign, meaning non-cancerous, but they can cause heavier or more frequent periods.

Endometriosis

During your period, the lining of the uterus sheds and is discharged through menstruation. Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the lining begins to grow outside the uterus. This can cause highly irregular periods because rather than actually having a period, your body is shedding the extra lining.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

This is a medical condition that is essentially a very bad bacterial infection. It is best treated with strong antibiotics that your doctor will prescribe.

Irregular periods can also be caused by:

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Some medications, especially blood thinners or steroids
  • Some medical conditions such as bleeding disorders

If you have irregular periods, it is important that you don’t put off talking to your doctor. While all of these potential causes may seem scary, they all have very viable treatment options that can be used to improve your condition.

If you are ready to do something about your periods, contact us today for an appointment.