Irregular Menstrual periods

Irregular Menstrual Periods

Why doesn’t my Period come every month?

What is a regular period?

Health care providers often ask if you period is “regular”. Regular / normal periods come every 3 to 5 weeks. This time is determined by the FIRST day of one period to the FIRST day of another period. When your period comes, it should last 5 to 7 days. There can be heavier bleeding at the beginning of your period.

The use of 7 to 8 moderately soaked pads or tampons a day is normal during your period. Ask your health care provider for the name of one of the many greats apps for your phone that can help you track your period. Your health care provider can also give you a calendar to track your period.

What if my period isnt’ “regular”?

Some girls do not have a period every month. When a girl first starts having her period it may not come every month. In the beginning, you may have periods less than once a month or you may have periods more than once a month. These periods may last less than 7 days or can last for weeks at a time. If your period is coming more than once a month or lasting longer than a week you should talk to your health care professional.

Why is my period irregular?

Lots of things need to happen for you to have a period every month. Your brain needs to send a message to your ovaries to make hormones to give you a period. When you first start your period these “messages” may not work the way they are supposed to. It can take up to 2 years for the brain and the ovary to communicate properly so that you get a “regular” period.

What will my health care provider do if my periods aren’t regular?

Your provider will talk to you to find out how often you have a period, how long your period lasts and how much you are bleeding. Your provider will do a physical exam that may include a breast and external genital exam. Your provider may draw blood to check your hormones and check your blood for anaemia (low iron levels). If you are having frequent or heavy periods you may become anaemic from too much blood loss.

How will my provider treat my irregular periods?

If your periods are not causing you any difficulty your health care provider may not need to do anything. Your health care provider will ask you to keep track of your periods and let him/her know if things change. If your iron levels are low, your provider may recommend starting an iron supplement to correct this or a medication to reduce your monthly blood flow. If your periods are coming too often your provider may talk to you about using hormones to make your periods shorter, lighter and less often. These hormones usually come in the form of birth control pills and can be taken even if you are young and not having sex.

When should I talk to my health care provider?

If you have any questions about your periods you should always check with you health care provider. You should be sure to talk to your provider if your period is lasting longer than 7 days, if you are using more than 8 pads or tampons per day throughout your period or if your period comes more than once a month. You should also contact your health care provider if you go more than 3 months without a period or there is a change from your regular period pattern. You should always let your provider know if there is a chance you could be pregnant.