“My Friend”, “The Monthlies”, “That Time of the Month”, “The Curse”, and other less pleasant idioms for monthly menstruation refer to the regular bodily changes of a woman’s body. Regular periods let women know that not only are they not pregnant but things internally are normal and healthy (uncomfortable though the effects may be). Irregular periods can indicate the opposite so it’s best not to ignore obvious signs. Every woman is different and knows what is normal for her based on many years of experience. If things change, it’s time to pay attention. 8 Signs Of Irregular Periods
While bouts of stress or illness can cause irregular menses, these 8 signs can indicate a much more pressing problem.
1. Excessive Or Prolonged Bleeding
Fibroids are benign uterine tumors. Very common among women of child-bearing age, they can form on the walls of the uterus—the cause is unknown. The existence of a fibroid tumor(s) can cause your period to last longer than 7 days and/or experience a very heavy flow. A 2012 multi-national study of over 21,000 women ages 15 to 49 were surveyed regarding their menstrual flow and monthly symptoms (1).
Researchers found that women with fibroid tumors were more likely than women without to suffer from:
- Bleeding between periods
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Irregular periods