Having irregular periods can mean a variation the number of days you have your period or that your period arrives early, late or even skips a few months. Irregular bleeding can make you feel a bit all over the place, but regulating your period is easier than you may think.
We break it down into three common causes, and three easy solutions!
Irregular periods: what does irregular mean?
The average length of a Menstrual Cycle is around 28 days, and menstrual bleeding usually lasts between 2- 7 days. If your period varies from the average length and flow, your period may be irregular.
Don’t worry, irregular periods are common and a missed period does not always mean something serious. Most women will experience some irregular bleeding in their life, the causes are common and the solutions very simple.
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3 Common causes for a missed period
Why is my period late? Your cycle is controlled by hormones, which if imbalanced can cause irregularities to your cycle and period flow. The most common causes of hormone imbalance:
- Stress and a hectic lifestyle can release stress hormones, which can disrupt your usual cycle and cause a late period.
- Diet and unhealthy eating can impact your body and your flow. Similarly, weight loss or gain can make changes to your period.
- Contraception; hormonal birth control methods such as the pill or the injection can affect your period.
Irregular periods can sometimes be a sign of pregnancy. If you think you could be pregnant, see your doctor for a consult.
3 Easy solutions
There are different ways to balance your hormones and manage irregular menstruation. Top solutions:
- Relax after work and make time to de-stress. Try yoga, a hot bath or reading a book.
- Eat well all month. Getting the right vitamins during menstruation is especially important.
- Menstrual cups can make managing irregular periods easy because:
- They are reusable, so you won’t run out of products
- Cups are made from a healthy material, so they don’t dry you out
- If your period is heavy, they are a good solution due to their higher capacity
Track your period, improve your life!
Hot date lined up? Biggest social event of the year just weeks away? Plan your month to make sure you get the most out of every day – even if you have irregular menstruation.
By keeping track of when your period starts and ends you can know when to expect your next period. You can also spot any changes or irregularities and deduce the causes.
Check out some easy-to-use Period Apps, which can help you to map out your month and spot any changes to your flow.
When to see a doctor
If you find that irregular periods are taking over or making day-to-day life difficult, then visit your doctor for a health check. Many women find that their periods are more irregular during puberty or menopause. A missed period can also be an indication of pregnancy, so if you are unsure, see your doctor.
Now you know some great ways to regulate your flow, and manage irregular periods, but maybe you still have some questions. If you have any questions or concerns about period problems or want to know more about menstrual hygiene options, check our additional info pages: