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Periods are now more irregular

By Anonymous September 13, 2016 - 12:19pm
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My periods have always been pretty regular. However , this year ive had a few irregular ones (some only lasting for three days when it's normally 6-7, as well as being lighter than usual, and some ive had to wait up to 6 weeks for when they used to be pretty much every three weeks). When do you need to see a doctor about irregular periods?

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HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon!

Thanks for writing to EmpowHER!

Your question about talking a doctor may depend on a few things.

If you are over 40, this may be due to peri-menopause. These are the "preview" years of menopause when periods start becoming irregular as the body shifts into infertility. This is a natural cycle of life and is generally nothing to worry about. Peri-menopause starts between the ages of about 35-50 so that's quite a time bracket.

If this is not the case, I think it's a good idea to mention this to a doctor now. Our cycle is dictated by our hormones so there may be an imbalance that needs to be verified. Some blood tests can let you know where you stand on that.

Stress, changes in lifestyle, diet, medications, exercise routines and other medical conditions can also cause irregularity.

We look forward to hearing back from you!


September 13, 2016 - 12:58pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Is support@empowher.com the email address for enquiries?

September 14, 2016 - 10:58am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

That email address is for queries about EmpowHER policies, terms, legal matters, administrative questions and the like.

The ASK button is the tool for health related questions (the method you used).


September 14, 2016 - 1:32pm
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