Irregular Periods

Irregular periods means the days between two menstrual periods keep changing, heavy or light period than usual, or the duration of periods varies. Some of the common causes include placement of intrauterine device (IUD), using birth control pills, PCOS, stress, an overactive or underactive thyroid, and uterine fibroids.

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Will yellowish itchy discharge from the vagina cause miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor, I have yellowish or sometimes white smelly discharge. My menstruation is not normal as well. It is dark and with many tiny blood clots. When I am stressed, I noticed that a more smelly discharge is coming out. It started last year, but it is tolerable. I had a miscarriage as well. But...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like you have an infection. Thick curdy white discharge with itching and smell can point towards a yeast infection, whereas watery yellowish discharge point towards bacterial infection. Both have to be treated with anti-fungal and ...  Read Full »

Does taking multiple Unwanted-72 pills in short intervals cause menstrual problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I had unprotected sex twice last month. After that, I took the Unwanted-72 pill both days with a gap of two days. Now I have problems with my period. The bleeding is lighter and lasts only for one or two days. I have this problem for two months. What can I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Do not worry. As the Unwanted-72 pill (Levonorgestrel) has hormones, these mess with the hormonal balance in your body. This causes side effects like bleeding, spotting, irregular period, and also may cause delayed periods, nausea, and vomitin...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have periods twice a month?

Query: Hello, I am 28-year-old. My periods last month started on the twenty-forth and ended on the twenty-seventh. The month before that, I had periods twice. But this month, it is already twenty-eighth, and I did not get my periods. My cycles are not 21 days or 28 days. I am not sure, as I never took the...  Read Full »

Dr. Prajna Shetty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are married or sexually active, please do a urine pregnancy test any time if there is a change in the frequency of your cycle. If not no need to worry. There are hundreds of causes that disturb cycle frequency, but we will rule out which harms your health. Causes...  Read Full »

Can unprotected sex during the ovulation period cause pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past two months, I have had 27-day cycles. However, my period is usually not regular. Today is day 27 of my cycle, and I have had unprotected sex this month around ovulation time. I still have not got my period. I took a test this morning, and it was negative. I do not have any p...  Read Full »

Dr. C Sharath Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most home pregnancy tests are reliable. Most tests have an accuracy of over 99%. A false negative pregnancy test is when you are pregnant, but the test comes up negative. The most common reason for a false negative is you took the test too early. Even if your period is ...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)?

Query: Hi doctor,The flow of my period is less for the last three months. Also, the color keeps on changing. Last month it was light red now it is dark red. Blood is also thick, and there are some lumps formation in the blood. Can you please tell me the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A lot of causes may cause reduced period flow. Kindly let me know the following details: 1) Have you started exercising in the recent past? 2) Have you gained or lost weight in the recent past? 3) Have you started any new diet? 4) Are ...  Read Full »

Does I-pill make periods irregular?

Query: Hi doctor, I took I-pill after two days of having sex. I read that symptoms can persist for atleast seven days after taking pills. During this time, I had severe itching and it is better now. I had a lot of water discharge without any foul smell. Why? Now, I still have pain in my breasts. My boyfri...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi Khare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have periods once in two months, then the best thing is to wait for your periods to come within a week and if you do not get your periods, then do a pregnancy test at home to rule out pregnancy. As you had your intercourse last week, it takes around two weeks to ...  Read Full »

Can pregnancy result from intercourse without penetration?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. Recently, my boyfriend ejaculated near my vagina without penetration on the seventh day of my period. Thereafter, I experienced spotting for few days until the 17th day of my menstrual cycle, after which I experienced a full bleeding period. Can you please te...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Before I could help you with your query, can you please answer the following questions: How long was your period? Was the amount of bleeding similar to your other bleeding cycles? Did the period occur at the usual time as your previous cycles? Kindly get back...  Read Full »

How to treat the lump present in my outer labia?

Query: Hi doctor, Initially, I noticed a lump in my outer labia or labia majora. After a month, it grows like a small ball, and I felt hard to walk. Before a while, it accidentally bursts out, and some dripped from it. Since then, I do not have a regular period. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have two problems, and they are the lump in labia and irregular periods. Your expected weight for height of 121.92 cm is 22 kg to 26 kg. So, the common cause for both the problem is obesity. Your lump is most probably a sebaceous cyst. It is a gland in the layers...  Read Full »

I have not got my periods after stopping regular birth control pills. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on birth control for about six years. I stopped it before four months. I have not had my period since then, and I was wondering if this is a cause for concern or a regular thing. Also, before taking pills, my periods were irregular.  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel the culprit here is your weight. At this young age of 28 years, you BMI (body mass index) is in obesity range. Increase in body fat especially in the mid-segment of the body, around waist, thighs and breasts is not a healthy sign. This fat gets converted t...  Read Full »

Why did I not get periods even after 40 days?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 24 years old. My periods were regular before marriage. I am married for one and a half years now. My periods were regular for the past three months, but this month it has been 40 days, and I have not got my periods yet. I tried a home pregnancy test, and it was negative. Is there a ch...  Read Full »

Dr. Sini P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the urine pregnancy test is negative, then there is no chance of pregnancy at present. This can be considered a delayed period due to stress, I-pill (Levonorgestrel), etc. You can wait for one more week for a regular period, or you can take tablet Duphaston (Dydroges...  Read Full »

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