Most women experience at least one episode of irregular menses (periods). However, for others it’s a chronic condition that may indicate a serious underlying medical condition that left untreated could lead to permanent complications. If you suffer from persistent irregular periods, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Kyle Lipton, located in New Rochelle, New York, can provide effective diagnosis and treatment. Call or book a consultation with Dr. Lipton online.
In an initial evaluation, Dr. Lipton can help you determine if your period is abnormal. Normally, menstrual cycles last about 28 days, give or take seven days. If bleeding occurs more often than every 21 days or persists for over eight days, that is something to note. Missed, early or late periods are also signs of an abnormal cycle.
The causes of irregular periods can range from age or subtle hormonal balances to more sinister underlying conditions that pose health risks. Both lifestyle choices and medical conditions can impact your menstrual cycle. Common causes for irregular periods include:
For teens who just began their menstrual cycles, it may not always be on the same schedule every month. Sometimes it takes a few years before it settles into a pattern. Conversely, missed, lighter or heavier periods are common for older women as they approach menopause.
They can cause you to have lighter periods or even miss periods entirely.
Intense exercise and dieting
Overdoing it with too much strenuous physical activity can disrupt or even stop menstrual bleeding. Excessive dieting can have the same effect.
This condition causes cysts to grow on your ovaries, affecting normal ovulation. Women with PCOS often have a past of irregular periods. PCOS also increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Long-term or short-term stress or anxiety can cause hormone imbalances that lead to missed or irregular periods.
Other illness, such as thyroid disorders, can also play a role. When blood levels of your thyroid hormone become too low or too high, that can trigger irregular periods. Fibroids, which are tumors in the uterus, STDs, diabetes and eating disorders can also cause irregular periods.
Dr. Lipton will take a complete medical history and conduct a comprehensive physical examination. This may include the use of a sonohysterogram which is an ultrasounds aided by a saline solution to provide a more detailed image of your uterus. Depending on the specific issue, Dr. Lipton may call for additional hormonal testing. He offers advanced hormonal treatments to deal with a variety of causes for irregular periods as well as surgical treatments, and lifestyle changes to help you get on a regular cycle.