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Problems with Menstrual Cycle?

Menstrual cycles are an important part of a woman’s reproductive stage in life and generally occur every 28 days. Although every woman is different, the cycles are typically accompanied by symptoms such as bleeding and menstrual cramps. However, some women tend to have issues regarding the regularity of their menstrual cycle, suffer from severe symptoms associated with it and more. To learn about menstrual cycle problems, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by the Experts.

What causes two menstrual cycles in a matter of two weeks?

In certain cases, when a woman experiences two periods or two menstrual cycles within two weeks of one another, the cause could be a benign growth inside the uterus. Uterine fibroids and polyps are examples of these growths that tend to develop in size and bleed.

Usually, a routine check can determine if a woman has fibroids. If an exam doesn't work, an ultrasound can be performed to determine the cause of the bleeding. In many cases, hormonal changes can also occur which may coincide with noticed weight gain or loss.

Generally, if the woman’s periods have been regular so far, the bleeding may not be seen as anything serious and can be treated. If the bleeding is related to hormonal changes, a prescription of progesterone will usually treat the issue. As for polyps and fibroids, the polyps can be removed if detected while the fibroids are usually left alone unless they cause issues such as pain and bleeding.

What can cause a woman to have a longer period?

Generally, when a woman experiences long menstrual cycles, the cause is usually inconsistent ovulation. Many things may cause a woman's ovulation to become irregular. Typically, a doctor will check for the possibility of a thyroid disorder, increased levels of the prolactin hormone as well as any medication the woman may be taking that would contribute to the problem. In certain cases, a woman may experience a longer cycle as she ages. Another possibility for long cycles could also be low progesterone levels. 

If a woman’s menstrual cycle is regular and then she suddenly doesn’t have a period, could this mean that she is pregnant?

Usually, when a woman’s menstrual cycles are consistent and suddenly stop, there is a good chance the woman may be pregnant. The best way to determine pregnancy is by doing a pregnancy test using the first urine of the day for a more accurate reading. If the pregnancy test is negative, this could mean that the woman didn't ovulate that month. Not ovulating may be brought on by stress and is not uncommon.

Is there a medical solution that can help a young girl who is experiencing long and excessively heavy periods along with large clotting?

In many cases, a girl who has excessive bleeding will be prescribed a birth control pill that has both estrogen and progesterone. After taking the pill for a few cycles, the heavy bleeding will usually slow down. At this stage, it is also advisable to test for blood disorders that could be causing the girl to bleed heavily.

Menstrual cycles can begin at different ages for different women and can affect girls from as early as the age of 10 and continue till a woman is in her 50's - 60's. However, many women also face problems with their menstrual cycles that they may need medical help with. In certain cases, it is important that these problems are diagnosed early in order to stop further damage. If you have any queries or concerns about menstrual cycles, ask an Expert for medical insights and suggestions for the best method of treatment based on your case.
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