Facebook Pixel

Reasons for Having a Period Every Two Weeks

 
Rate This
Menstrual Cycle related image Andres Rodriguez/PhotoSpin

~ Sometimes changing or stopping your method of contraception can cause a sudden drop in hormones and this can result in a change to your cycle.

• Onset of menopause -- In women aged 45 and over, having periods every two weeks can be a sign that you are about to go through menopause. It can be a sign of ovulation beginning to shut down. If you are under 45, having irregular periods in addition to other symptoms commonly associated with menopause, may signal premature ovarian failure.

Treatment

Sometimes treatment is not necessary, for instance, if the disruption in cycle is due to stress, weight loss or gain, or illness, it may be temporary and may correct itself in time.

However, to rule out other possibilities your doctor will perform a pelvic examination. Your doctor may also take a sample of the uterine lining as well as doing an ultrasound scan to see if there are any obstructions in the uterus, such as fibroids.

If any obstructions are found, you can be referred for surgery to have them removed. If any cancer is found, you will be referred to an oncologist who will plan your care with you.

Sexually transmitted infections can be treated with antibiotics (and the use of condoms to prevent further infections). Your partner may have to be treated as well.

If the problem is caused by a contraceptive device or medication, this can usually be changed to stop the problem.

Heavy and/or frequent periods can sometimes be controlled by certain brands of the pill. If you find they are really disrupting your life, for instance, you are bleeding through your clothes, have to miss work days and can’t plan your holidays, this may be an option depending on your medical history.

Hormone treatment could also be given in this scenario, if you have thyroid disease or if you are starting menopause.

Sources:

Periods, Heavy. NHS Choices. Web. 26 May 2012. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/periods-heavy/pages/introduction.aspx

Heavy Periods (Menorrhagia). WebMD. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
http://women.webmd.com/guide/heavy-period-causes-treatments

Top Ten Causes of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding. About.com Women's health. Retrieved May 27, 2012.

Add a Comment221 Comments

EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Hi I am 24 years old.I have been seeing my periods for every other weeks in about 2 mths now.any advice i have 2 kids n my husband is out of the country.

April 30, 2016 - 7:47pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Hi there, I have been on a mini-pill called Microval for about 4 months now. My periods are between 11 and 13 days apart. Do you think it can be because of the pill and if so when will it go back to normal? Should I rather go back to the doctor?

April 18, 2016 - 6:27am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Have you been having a period every 11 to 13 days apart since you started taking Microval? I am not familiar with this particular oral contraceptive. Do you take three weeks of active, hormone containing pills and then a week of inactive pills?

My advice is to contact your doctor.

Regards,
Maryann

April 18, 2016 - 9:29am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

Hi, i am 23 yrs old and i've been bleeding for every two weeks for the past 2 years. After meeting a gynecologist, i've been diagonosed with 1.2*1.4 cm lesion in my uterus.. I have been on oc pills and recently it is 0.9*0.6. A new clear cyst is found in right adnexa .. Will it affect my fertility?

April 11, 2016 - 11:33am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I'm 14 and I'm a little scared because my period has been really heavy lately and I had to start getting super plus tampons with heavy pads and my last period was 2 weeks ago and I just started again about 2 days ago, is this normal or should I tell my mom and ask about going to a doctor

April 5, 2016 - 12:51pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I know it's a little late, but I really think you should tell your mom. Ah, do you still have that problem?

June 11, 2016 - 1:17pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm 13 and I'm the same and I dunno what to do just know ur not alone

- a secret friend

April 29, 2016 - 1:15pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Tell mom n go to dr

April 11, 2016 - 1:36pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I just got off my period last Tuesday and I started back again today I don't know what is going on going to call my dr. in the morning to see what's going on with me it making me sick to my stomach I'm nauseated and throwing up please help me figure out what going on with me

March 29, 2016 - 7:22pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous

I am 33 years old with pcos and endometriosis. I've been on metformin for years to help regulate my periods and have been having normal, clock work cycles for years. My husband and I have tried to get pregnant for years, including using fertility drugs, to no avail. Due to this I have not been on bc since I was 20 years old. We have experienced 4 miscarriages so far and each one was very painful (physically and emotionally).
Every month I have pms symptoms about a week and a half before I start and cramp/bleed heavily for the 1st few days. This month I did not have any symptoms or cramping and it lasted about 4 days (usually 7-8 days). 2 weeks later I passed a large blood clot (have been since my 1st miscarriage in 2001) and started bleeding again. This is completely out of character for me, even with pcos. I'm also not bleeding regularly. I'll bleed for a couple hours and then it stops for about 12-14 hours.
Any suggestions as to why I started a 2nd cycle?

March 28, 2016 - 12:02pm
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Menstrual Cycle

Get Email Updates

Related Checklists

Menstrual Cycle Guide

HERWriter Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.

ASK

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!