Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Where Is It? When Your Period's Not a Monthly "Visitor" Typically, after a woman has been menstruating for a year or two, she will get her period every month or so. Therefore, most women get about 12 or 13 periods a year. If menstruation DOESN ’T happen every month —if a woman gets only 5 or 6 periods a year —this would be considered irregular menstrual cycles, and she should see a doctor. You might not have had a period for a few months, and when it comes it might last one day or ten. This is normal. Your body will take a while to settle into a cycle. It could take two years or more. However, if you ’ve been menstruating awhile, there are some things that can delay menstruation one month, making it appear that you ’re "skipping" a period. The most common reason to skip a period is pregnancy. But other reasons for an irregular menstrual cycle include:
Weight loss Illness A really big decrease in calories eaten An excessive amount of physical activity (for example, running over 40 miles per week) Extreme stress or excitement Summer —it isn't unusual to skip a period during the summer. The additional hours of daylight can affect your cycle. When women get near the end of their reproductive years, "skipped" periods may be a sign of approaching menopause.
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