Young Kim, MD
OBGYN located in Antioch, CA
Are you experiencing excessive bleeding during your menstrual cycle? What about bleeding before or after? You might be having irregular periods. Youngs OBGYN, located in Antioch, California, is run by Dr. Young Kim, an obstetrics and gynecology specialist. He can provide assistance to reduce irregular periods with customized treatment options. Call or book your appointment online today.
Irregular Period Q & A
What is an irregular period?
Irregular periods are common and refer to spotting or bleeding between regular menstrual cycles. A period is irregular if the bleeding or spotting happens when:
- You’re not expecting your menstrual period
- During pregnancy
- After menopause
- When your regular menstrual flow is heavier or lighter than expected
If you regularly track your menstrual cycles, it’s easier to know if or when the bleeding becomes irregular.
What causes irregular periods?
Several causes may lead to irregular periods during, between, or after your menstrual cycle. These include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Uterine fibroids
Additionally, sudden weight loss can cause irregularities. People suffering from eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa, are more likely to experience irregular periods than those who don’t. Increasing your physical activity can also cause disruptions in your menstrual cycle.
What are the treatment options for irregular periods?
Several treatments exist for irregular periods. Birth control pills can help regulate menstrual cycles. The pills help the body begin and end periods at specified times. They may also relieve painful menstrual symptoms associated with your period.
If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, treating it can help regulate your periods again. Irregular bleeding may also fix itself without additional help. For example, if it started because of pregnancy, your menstrual cycle may return to a regular pattern after giving birth.
When should I see someone about my irregular periods?
If you’re concerned about your period, you should schedule an appointment to be examined by Dr. Kim. Specifically, seek a consultation if you’ve experienced:
- No period in 90 days or more (if you’re not currently pregnant)
- Sudden erratic periods
- Bleeding for over seven days
- Bleeding heavier than normal (soaking through pads or tampons)
- Severe pain during your menstrual cycle
- Fever or sickness
If you’ve experienced any or several of these symptoms, see Dr. Kim as soon as possible. He’ll ask questions about your regular period, including the typical symptoms you experience and compare them to the irregular period. He’ll provide a treatment plan based on your needs.