What is it?

Abnormal menstruation, or irregular menstrual periods, are any kind of menstruation that is not typical. Examples for irregular menstrual periods include periods that last longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days, missing three or more periods in a row, extremely heavy or light menstrual flow, bleeding that lasts longer than 7 days, or periods that are accompanied by pain, cramping, nausea, or vomiting. Abnormal menstruation can be caused due to stress, dieting, changes in exercise routine, uterine polyps, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid gland or pituitary disorders, and premature ovarian insufficiency.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include periods that last longer than 35 days or shorter than 21 days, missing three or more periods in a row, extremely heavy or light menstrual flow, bleeding that last longer than 7 days, or periods that are accompanied by pain, cramping, nausea,or vomiting.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination, including a pelvic exam and a pelvic sonography. Further evaluation may include blood tests for hormone levels and endometrial biopsy.

Treatment

Abnormal menstruation treatment depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include hormonal treatment, pain relievers, surgical procedures to remove fibroids and treat endometriosis and more.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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