Periods, sometimes can be so irritating! Those 5 days of bleeding plus the bloated tummy, backache, soreness, acne, cravings, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea and those patent cramps can be gruelling at times! We have to work, run, dance, workout, travel and do everything that we do everyday with those cramps and anguish. But ladies, isn’t it a bigger nightmare to NOT have your period on time? It will remind you of all your unprotected romance from the past! Also, unpredictable periods can be worse as they make you carry your tampons literally everywhere!
Not many women know that a regular menstrual cycle is about 28 days on an average. Irregular menstruation occurs when your cycle is more than 35-40 days. This can be a normal thing especially if you are in your teenage. This is because your body is still getting used to your menstrual cycle, and that your periods will settle down with time.
For some women not only does the time period between cycles vary but the amount of menstrual flow is also different. However, the reasons can vary from person to person :
Dear ladies, no matter what stress you are going through, remember it’s affecting your period! When the menstrual hormone stops functioning properly, causes a condition called hypothalamic amenorrhea. Whether it’s a breakup, family problems or a pile up of work in office deal with it calmly as you would not want to miss your cycle.
- Hormonal changes
The imbalance in your hormones can lead to fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to regain hormonal balance naturally. The basic approach is to give your body the support it needs to balance its hormones.
- Excessive alcohol consumption
We all know partying is always fun! But a huge amount of hard drink intake can further lead to irregular menstruation. Remember to always take care of your health by avoiding food and beverages that’re unhealthy for you!
- Birth control
If you are frequently intaking birth control pills, know that your hormones will be unstable. Birth controls are designed to change your usual hormonal cycle, and this can cause bleeding in between your cycles. It is also possible to skip your period if you continue to take these pills. Before using birth control inorder to skip your period, ensure to consult your gynaec first.
- Weight Issues
Your body weight is directly proportional to your menstrual cycle. An overweight female often faces irregularities in her menstruation. But not many know that being underweight is equally worse. Therefore, always keep a track of your BMI.
Study shows that many women with irregular periods have hypothyroidism. Your thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your metabolism and releases important hormones into your body. Irregular bleeding can occur when this gland is overactive or under-active. If you suspect of having an issue with your thyroid gland, consult your doctor asap!
- Polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS / PCOD
About 40% of women today have PCOS, a condition caused by the imbalance of androgens (male sex hormones) which leads to the growth of small cysts inside the ovaries. A lot of women in my life have PCOS and often complain about irregularities in their menstrual cycle and uncontrollable weight gain as women with this condition don’t ovulate regularly, causing bleeding at unexpected times. But improvements in your eating habits or exercise regimen, can help treat PCOS.
- Excessive exercise
If you are an athlete, gymnast or a professional dancer there are chances of you having a condition called amenorrhea. Being fit is amazing and has so many positive benefits for your mind and body. But pushing your body further than it wants to go, doesn’t let it produce enough estrogen to complete its menstrual cycle.
Technically, menopause occurs when it has been 12 consecutive months since your last period, but it’s rare for women to menstruate regularly until their periods suddenly stop. If you’re over 35 you may be in peri-menopause, the months or years of hormonal transition that lead up to menopause.
We women must take our menstrual health as seriously as we take our beauty and fitness regimes. After all, it’s a vital part of what allows us to bring life into this world, and an unavoidable part of life for every woman.