A normal woman’s cycle is 28 days long. While irregular periods can be a sign of a larger fertility concern, that is not always the case. As many as a third of women experience irregular periods during their fertile years. Understandably, women may find this concerning, but often the change in frequency is due to a minor issue:
The pill and other methods of birth control use hormones in order to prevent ovulation and pregnancy. Once you’ve stopped taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to normal hormone levels, resulting in irregular periods.
High levels of stress can delay or temporarily stop periods. Unfortunately, this also applies to stress caused by trying to conceive. For this and many other reasons, it is important to manage stress while trying to conceive.
Extreme amounts or regular strenuous exercise can delay or pause a woman’s monthly cycle. Many elite athletes may completely stop having periods while they are competing. If this is a concern you may want to speak to a medical professional about altering your exercise schedule in order to resume having regular periods.
A number of illnesses can affect your monthly cycle that are not directly related to your reproductive system. Diabetes, thyroid disorders, and eating disorders can all affect a woman’s cycle. Keeping other medical issues controlled and addressed can help you return to regular cycles.
It is important to note that it is possible to become pregnant with irregular periods. Using ovulation testers can help you determine when you are ovulating so that you may time your intercourse to have the best chance of pregnancy.
If you are concerned about your irregular periods, or if you have been trying to get pregnant without success, contact New Hope Fertility Center today. The fertility experts at New Hope take time to understand the unique needs of each patient to provide each woman with the level of support they need to start the family they’ve been dreaming of.
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