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Irregular Period

Women's Health Services

OBGYNs located in Arlington, TX

If your menstrual cycle lasts fewer than 24 days or longer than 32 days, or if it doesn’t seem to follow any discernible schedule, you have clinically irregular periods and should make an appointment with the doctors at Women’s Health Services, in Arlington, Texas. The doctors offer expert diagnosis of the condition causing your irregular periods and treatments to regulate your cycle and restore your health. Call or make an appointment online today.

Irregular Period Q & A

When is a period considered irregular?

Most menstrual cycles last between 24 and 32 days. If your period occurs more or less frequently or doesn’t seem to follow any pattern at all, it’s considered irregular. It’s annoying not to know when to expect your period and stressful to miss one altogether.

Although abnormal periods are relatively normal when you first begin to menstruate and during perimenopause, in most cases, you should talk to one of the trusted doctors at Women’s Health Services. They can identify the cause of your irregularity and provide treatments to regulate your cycle.

What causes irregular periods?

If you have irregular periods, a wide range of conditions could be at fault. For example, some of the issues that can lead to abnormal menstrual cycles include:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency
  • Eating disorders
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

It’s critical to get an accurate diagnosis so your doctor can provide appropriate treatment.

How is the cause of irregular periods diagnosed?

The doctors at Women’s Health Services offer comprehensive exams and testing to identify the issue causing your irregular periods. During your exam, your doctor asks you about your general health, lifestyle, diet, and your likelihood of being pregnant. They take time to get to know you. They may also perform a pelvic exam to check for abnormalities or inflammation.

Your doctor also orders blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels and to screen for signs of other conditions that could interfere with the regularity of your menstrual cycle. They also test to ensure that your absent or irregular periods aren’t because of pregnancy. In some cases, they may order a sonogram to check your ovaries for ovarian cysts.

How are irregular periods treated?

The doctors at Women’s Health Services offer customized treatments for irregular periods based on the condition causing them and other health factors. For example, you may benefit from hormonal birth control or treatments to resolve hormonal imbalances caused by thyroid problems. The doctors can also help you lose weight and learn to cope with stress.

If you’re concerned about an irregular period, call Women’s Health Services, or schedule a consultation online today.