You totally know those ads. Where life is wonderful with a period. Look at me run, yoga, spin, heck, do the marathon with a period. And then there are days when you think…oh please come, why hasn’t it arrived yet?
Welcome to my first Let’s Talk Series where I shower you with sensitive / uncomfortable topics that you may have pondered about and I’m here to share. I’m not a doctor or anything but these are recommendations or feedback that I’ve heard from my doctor which may help you understand your body. Again, everyone is different so please do consult with a professional.
Irregular Periods is something that a lot of women experience (yes, you are not an outcast). Thoughts like, is there something wrong with me? Will this affect pregnancy? Am I pregnant? How do I regulate it?
Or am i just weird.
An average menstrual cycle is around 28 days however they can range between 21-35 days so if you do fall within the bracket you are more or less within the average. What is considered irregular, is actually not an issue. Cycles vary a lot for each individual so your cycle of __ days is your cycle and it’s not an issue if it’s not within the norm. Irregular periods become a health issue when they are missed for a longer period of several months. At that point, you should see medical advice to get blood work done since there may be other hormone regulators that are acting up. One to check is your thyroid. If you are within the range of 21-35 days, not to worry. Everything is A-okay!
What causes irregular periods?
There are a few causes that lead up to irregular periods like weight, excessive exercise, stress, anxiety and depression are common causes leading up to irregular periods. The idea of a period coming is to prepare the body for pregnancy so when there are moments your body says “NOPE! We cannot carry a baby at this time!”. Your body will then stop menstruating for this month simply because it’s not prepared for it at this moment in time.
If you know me in person, I am very slim. Wouldn’t say petite because I’m about 5’7 but I am on the rather slim side and this has been a cause to my irregular periods so to speak. For myself, weight plays a big role in this. As for exercising. What is excessive to you is different for others. By excessive, it means out of the normal exercise routine for your body. Rather, its recommended to ease your body into a fitness routine than to be put through. At the end of the day, your body is not used to sudden shocks and again may send a signal saying “We are not prepared at this time!” HALT!
Stress, anxiety and depression are all things that can cause irregular periods so the key is to find a balance in work, relationships, personal time, family and more. How is that achieved? I’m still in work in progress but perhaps this can be a topic at a later time!
How to regulate my irregular period?
The million dollar question. How do I “fix” this issue? As I mentioned before, everyone has their own cycle and as long as that’s the cycle you’ve been with for a while then it’s totally fine. However if you do see cycles being off more frequently than usual. The only method that I’ve heard from the doctor is to go on birth control. The pill does not give your system a “quick start” or “reset” to kick it back into motion but rather it does exactly what it does, controls birth and regulates your period. Once you stop the pill, your original cycle will resume.
At the end of the day, stress less about irregular periods (unless several months are consecutively missed) and you’ll be fine. There is no need to fix, nor is there something wrong with you! Eat healthier, reduce stress and anxiety, and exercise moderately and everything will be back on track!
Hope this helped all the women out there whether you are just starting out or been with it for a few years!