Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology

When your periods are abnormal, it can complicate your life. Abnormal periods don’t come regularly, or they may be heavy or light. They can also signal underlying health issues. Your doctor at Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology can determine what’s causing your abnormal periods and help you regulate them for good.

Abnormal Periods Q & A

What causes abnormal periods?

Abnormal periods can be caused by a variety of issues or nothing at all. Some of the most common issues that cause irregular periods include:

  • Thyroid disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Endometrial polyps

Sometimes, especially when menstruation first starts in young girls, and periods are often irregular during the early parts of menopause. This is normal. Being under a lot of stress can also cause periods to become abnormal, as can extreme exercise. If your periods are abnormal, schedule an appointment online today with the team at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology. They can determine if your irregular periods need treatment or are insignificant.

How are abnormal periods treated?

Your doctor at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology determines the most effective course of treatment by taking considering:

  • Your age
  • Your health history
  • What’s causing your abnormal periods

If you are planning on having more children The amount of distress caused by your abnormal periods Depending on your needs, your doctor may recommend a hormonal treatment to regulate your periods. This is often accomplished with birth control pills, which get your periods on a schedule and often make them lighter.

What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is caused by a hormonal imbalance that results in enlarged ovaries that get covered in small cysts. PCOS symptoms can also include:

  • Abnormal periods
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Obesity
  • Acne
  • Infertility

While the cause of PCOS is unknown, it is one of the most common contributors to infertility. It’s often treated with medication. Birth control pills are used to regulate periods, while other medications are given to prevent diabetes and regulate cholesterol.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common disorder where the tissues that line the uterus begin to grow outside the uterus, including on the:
  • Ovaries
  • Fallopian tubes
  • Intestines

This disorder is known for causing heavy, irregular periods and pain in the abdominal area. Although it’s treatable with hormones and excision surgery, it’s often considered a chronic disease, as it may return regardless of treatment. If you’re suffering from abnormal periods, PCOS, or endometriosis, contact the doctors at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology to schedule an appointment online today.