Monday, September 6, 2010

twice periods in a month?

Depending on a person's cycle, it is possible to have two periods in a month. You count from the first day of your current period to the first day of your next period to determine how many days your cycle is. If you've already become regular, then each cycle is just about the same number of days...anything from 21 to 35 days is average.

So, meaning that.. if you were to get your period on April is possible to have it again on April 22nd. Get it? If your period comes closer than 3 weeks apart, check it out with your doctor.

A wide variety of factors can be responsible for, what they called as Irregular Periods, among them:

  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Over-exercise
  • Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)
  • Smoking
  • Drug use
  • Caffeine
  • Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)
  • Eating disorders
  • Increased stress
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance
  • Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)
  • Hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause
  • Medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Recent childbirth, miscarriage, or D&C
  • Breastfeeding

As you can see, there are many different ways a woman can be irregular for as many different reasons, and it can be very confusing when it happens.

Stressed out can cause irregular periods as when we are under stress, regardless of the source (danger, personal relationships, work, environment) our adrenal glands are designed to secrete the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a direct impact on the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA. Eating disorders, dieting, drug use, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine and alcohol are also interpreted by the body as kinds of stress. Poor nutrition seems to physically change the proteins in the brain so they can no longer send the proper signals for normal ovulation.

Why does my period come twice a month?

The causes of women who get more than one period in the span of a month are relatively unknown but stress and lifestyle seem once again to play a major role. Ingesting medication or other substances that disrupt the luteal phase may be a factor, as well.

What can I do about my irregular periods?

The first step is to talk to a healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above. It’s a good idea to do the following:

  • Have a complete physical, including evaluations of thyroid function and blood pressure. Also, a complete blood count (CBC) test is quite important for the diagnosis of anemia.

  • A pelvic exam is critical to rule out any uterine abnormality, a cervical polyp or fibroid, or a uterine infection. These are less common causes but should be considered. Often an ultrasound will be required to evaluate the uterus, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. Ultrasound of the uterus is useful and painless — you may already be familiar with this technique from pregnancy. If infection is a concern, antibiotics will be prescribed.

  • If you are trying to become pregnant, consult with a fertility specialist or a qualified ob/gyn practitioner for further testing.
What is the treatment for irregular periods?

Most of the time, simply decreasing our stress, improving nutrition and adding adequate nutritional supplements can provide a natural way to restore regular menstrual cycles. These steps alone give the body a much needed boost and will support the natural hormonal balance and monthly cycles we are meant to enjoy… and appreciate!

For most patients, we see big improvements with the following steps:

  • Make healthy dietary modifications, especially decreased intake of refined carbohydrates.

  • Bridge nutritional gaps with a medical-grade multivitamin including calcium, magnesium and a fish iol supplement.

  • Get regular but moderate exercise (this may require increasing or decreasing your current level of exercise).

  • Relieve stress through exercise and other relaxation techniques.

For the majority of women who make these changes, normal menstrual cycles return without a hitch.

If the issue stems from an anovulatory or perimenopausal condition, a doctor may prescribe birth control pills to normalize the cycle. This is often successful. Keep in mind, however, that birth control pills are powerful hormones and often cause side effects. We recommend you start first with these more natural steps, including bioidentical progesterone, and only resort to birth control pills if your symptoms persist. If you do decide to take BCP’s for your irregular periods, you will still benefit by supporting your body in all the above-listed ways.

~All of this information I gathered from the internet..please share if you knew any other info than this..tq~


Jeny said...

gr8 information..

umi_chan said...

my pleasure ;)