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Reasons for Having a Period Every Two Weeks

 
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The menstrual cycle occurs in all females from the onset to puberty (average age 11 or 12 years) to the menopause in middle age (average age between 45-55). The lining of the uterus is shed via vaginal bleeding when a girl or woman has not conceived a pregnancy.

The menstrual period lasts between two days and seven days, usually occurring once every 28 days, although anything from once every 24 days to once every 35 days is considered normal.

If you are having a period more than once every 24 days, it is considered an irregular cycle.

Having a period once every two weeks, or twice a month is abnormal and you should see your doctor because you may become anemic if you are having very frequent periods. They are sometimes a sign of infection or other medical problem that would need treatment.

Reasons for a period every two weeks could be:

• Dramatic weight loss or gain -- This changes the hormones in the body and these are responsible for directing when the period will start.

• Excessive exercise -- This too disrupts hormones.

• Stress -- Exams, family argument, financial worries, divorce, even a holiday can cause a temporary change in your menstrual cycle.

• Illness and/or medications -- Some medications can affect your cycle. Talk to your doctor about altering or stopping your medication if you think this is happening.

• Uterine problems such as polyps, cysts, fibroids or tumors (either benign or cancerous).

• Sexually transmitted infections -- These can cause bleeding in between periods which can be mistaken for a period.

• Thyroid problems -- Thyroid disease could cause a thickening of the uterine lining, resulting in more bleeding than normal.

• Reactions to contraceptive methods -- Sometimes the pill, depo provera injections or the copper-only IUD can result in a change in your cycle.

~ The pill and IUD can make you bleed in between periods, known as "breakthrough bleeding" and this may be mistaken for a period.

~ The IUD can also make your periods heavier.

~ The depo-provera injection can make your cycle irregular, however, it often stops your period altogether instead of making it more frequent.

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Anonymous

I'm 37 years old with pelvic inflammatory disease my doc said I'm peri menopausal my symptoms for the last year have been debilitating I've had 7 laparoscopy and my tubes removed when I was 21 due to very large cysts on my ovaries and inside my tubes I'm bleeding very heavy and every two weeks now like clockwork I'm in constant pain back pain I'm always swollen pressure pains on my colon I'm dizzy tired very worried my cysts have returned is this normal bleeding cycles for peri menopause?

September 13, 2017 - 3:21pm
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Anonymous

I've been taking the contraceptive pill for almost a year now, and just for the past two months, I've been getting my period once every two weeks. I thought it could just be the pill, but since it didn't happen the first few months of me taking the pill, i thought it could also be something else. Should I get this checked out by the doctor or could this be a normal thing?

September 10, 2017 - 7:26pm
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Anonymous

Hello,

I am 51 always had very mild and short cycles until the last six months, they become considerably heavier and lasted up to 10days. Passed lots of small clots and then would have one day where it so heavy that I literally could not leave the house because of the amount of blood loss was beyond what anything could absorb. Saw a gynecologist and she put me on the pill and the first cycle was great, like it used to be, light and short however it has shown up again two weeks later! I had a small cycling accident which resulted in a staph infection and therefore had to go on antibiotics and codeine for the pain, also given an ibuprofen pm to help me sleep since I had to have stitches in my knees and hands and it was very difficult to comfortable enough to sleep. Could these medications have messed up my cycle? Should I continue taking my pill if I am on my cycle but am only half way through the pills given to me?

August 20, 2017 - 9:14am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Best for you to call and discuss this with your gynecologist who prescribed the pills.

Regards,
Maryann

August 21, 2017 - 9:15am
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Anonymous

Hi,
I am trying to get pregnant from 1st June 2017 but i am not getting. Tell me what could be the issue

August 17, 2017 - 12:12am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

That is not a very long time. Usually, a couple would be considered to have an infertility issue if they cannot conceive for at least a year.

To improve your chances, have unprotected intercourse five days before and on the day of ovulation.

After that period of time, if become pregnant, scheduling an appointment with your gynecologist to rule out possible cause of infertility.

Regards,
Maryann

August 17, 2017 - 8:52am
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Anonymous

Hello.. ^^
I can go by the name of Claudia.
I just want insights about my current situation.
I didn't have my period for the whole Month of May. It started on the first week of June and I was wondering why I keep bleeding over 14 days. After the second week, my bleeding reduced to small droplets in my pad which then lead to alternate days of having drops of blood in my pad or no drops at all.

I don't have a right ovary anymore. It was removed when I was 10 (Right now, I am 19 years old), because of ovariancyst. I'm going to see my doctor soon, but I just want to know about factors that could be affected. Does this mean, something's up with the ovary I have left? Would I still be able to get pregnant?

June 24, 2017 - 9:02pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Claudia,

The menstrual cycle is regulated by a precise balance of hormones, Your case is unique because you have only one ovary.

These are all good questions that can be answered by your physician during your upcoming appointment..Keep us updated.

Regards,
Maryann

June 26, 2017 - 11:28am
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Anonymous

Hey, 21 here with irregular periods (too early) for the last 3-4 months and deep pain to the left side when having intercourse. I don't take birth control. I'm just wondering if I should see a doctor.

June 10, 2017 - 2:45pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

It would be a very good idea to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist.

Maryann

June 13, 2017 - 10:02am
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