Menstrual Irregularities

Women's Health Care Center, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Helena, MT

Menstrual irregularities could indicate an underlying problem with your reproductive health, so it’s best to be evaluated by a qualified OB/GYN just in case. The hard-working OB/GYNs of Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, in Helena, Montana, treat abnormal vaginal bleeding and menstrual irregularities and get to the root cause of your health problems. Your health and wellness always come first for the Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, professionals. Call or click to conveniently book your appointment online today.

Menstrual Irregularities Q & A

What are menstrual irregularities?

Menstrual irregularities refer to problems and abnormalities associated with your menstrual cycle, such as any vaginal bleeding that isn’t part of your normal menstruation.

Women can experience numerous menstrual irregularities, such as very heavy bleeding, prolonged menstrual bleeding, bleeding or spotting between periods, or concerning pain with menstruation. 

Some women might stop menstruating, have more frequent menstrual periods occurring less than 21 days apart, or shortened menstrual bleeding less than two days in duration.

Normal menstruation occurs every 21 to 35 days when the uterus sheds its lining to mark the beginning of a new reproductive cycle. A menstrual period can last for a few days or up to a week.

Your flow might be light or heavy and still be considered normal. Menstrual cycles can often be longer for teens and for women approaching menopause. For women in these phases of life, menstrual bleeding might naturally be heavier.

What causes menstrual irregularities?

Menstrual irregularities might be related to issues with your reproductive system, certain medications, or other medical problems.

Some of the causes of menstrual irregularities include:

  • Certain cancers, such as ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancer
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Changing or stopping your menopausal hormone therapy or birth control pills
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Celiac disease
  • Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
  • A forgotten tampon
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Fluctuating hormone levels
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Chlamydia

Sexual abuse and trauma to the cervix and vagina might also cause menstrual irregularities.

When should I see a doctor about my menstrual irregularities?

If you have concerns about your menstruation or reproductive health, it’s best to visit Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, for an evaluation

If you’ve had at least 12 consecutive months without menstruation and reached menopause, any subsequent vaginal bleeding might be concerning and should be evaluated by your provider.

If you're pregnant, visit your provider as soon as possible if you notice vaginal bleeding.

Depending on your age and the circumstances, vaginal bleeding may or may not be normal.

How are menstrual irregularities treated?

How your Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, provider treats your menstrual irregularities depends on your personal health, concerns, and preferences, and what’s causing it. Your provider might suggest various treatments, such as:

  • Medications
  • Healthy lifestyle changes, such as exercise and nutritional counseling
  • Surgical procedures, like a laparoscopic hysterectomy 

The Women’s Health Care Center, PLLC, providers effectively treat frequent, infrequent, painful, and heavy periods and many other menstrual irregularities. For the highest standard of gynecologic care, call the office or book an appointment online today.