Irregular Periods 101

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Irregular periods can be a common occurrence for some people.

For those who menstruate, an average cycle can last between 24 and 38 days.

Signs of irregular periods can be a fluctuation of the number of days between periods; the amount of blood during a period erratically changing from month to month, or periods coming further and further apart.


There can be a number of common factors which can influence irregular periods:

  • Occasional periods of stress
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Increased intense exercise
  • Hormonal contraception

Periods becoming irregular can also be a sign of pregnancy as well as menopause.

However, there are a number of underlying conditions which can influence period irregularity. These include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fibroids
  • Thyroid problems
  • Adenomyosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Certain cancers (cervix, womb and ovaries)

When to see a doctor:

If your periods have recently become irregular and you think you may be pregnant, it’s important to take a test as soon as possible.

It’s important to understand the causes of your irregular periods, so we would recommend visiting your GP to rule out any underlying health conditions.


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