Alternative names: Oligomenorrhea
Irregular periods involve bleeding that occurs outside the usual variations of a woman's menstrual cycle. In other words, periods that are significantly early or late, bleeding between periods, missed periods, continuous periods, or periods that occur twice in one cycle.
The average menstrual cycle usually lasts 28-29 days, but often varies between 24 and 35 days. Irregular periods are one of the most common complaints related to the menstrual cycle, and are usually nothing to worry about. Occasionally, however, they are a sign of a more significant problem.
Any underlying medical condition(s) should of course be treated. Reduce stress levels; get help if you have an eating disorder; don't over-exercise.
Medical treatments include using hormonal contraceptives to help regulate menstrual cycles, or hormone supplements if you have a specific imbalance.
Women with long or very irregular menstrual cycles may be at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus.
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