When a woman’s period deviates from a fairly regular cycle – for instance, having a period every two weeks or more than one period in a month – her periods are said to be irregular. Irregular periods can encompass a broad range of issues concerning a woman’s menstrual cycle.
If you are having a period more than once every 24 days, it is considered an irregular cycle. Many factors can cause two periods in one month.
1. Stress: Frequently stress can do this, or simply having a cycle where you don’t release an egg and ovulate – this will throw your regular cycle completely off for a month or two. As long as you have o pain or excessive bleeding, it’s okay to wait and see what happens the next month.
2. Dramatic weight loss or gain: This changes the hormones in the body and these are responsible for directing when the period will start.
3. Birth Control Pills: It can take several months for your body to get used to the dose of hormones birth control pills deliver.
4. Uterine Fibroids: In rarer cases, persistently heavy periods every two weeks are caused by benign uterine abnormalities, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. In extreme cases, the bleeding may be related to certain types of cancer. In such cases, it’s best to check with a physician.
5. Illness and/or medications: Some medications can affect your cycle. Talk to your doctor about altering or stopping your medication if you think this is happening.
6. Pregnancy: When pregnant, the female body produces different levels of hormones that causes menstruation to stop. In some cases, however, women will experience lighter-than-normal flows or late periods before menstruation ends altogether. If there’s a chance you may be pregnant, speak with your doctor.
7. Onset of menopause: In women aged 45 and over, having periods every two weeks can be a sign that you are about to go through menopause. It can be a sign of ovulation beginning to shut down.
8. Drinking Too Much Alcohol: The liver helps regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle by metabolizing estrogen and progesterone. Excessive drinking can cause damage to the liver and may interfere with how well it metabolizes both period-normalizing hormones.
Depending on the cause of your irregular period, there may or may not be much you can do about it. Speak to your doctor about the symptoms you’ve been having and how irregular your periods have been. Your doctor may prescribe a treatment plan and an exercise plan.