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 Hashimoto's thyroiditis cause irregular periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an issue with irregular periods. I am 18 years old and have had my period for five years. I am 170 cm tall and weigh 62.5 kg. I have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and I am not sure if that affects my period though I take my medication regularly (25 mg Euthyrox). I have not exp...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are a teenager. Still, the reproductive system is under developing stage, so that periods can be irregular in teenagers. But thyroid issues can also be the cause of irregular periods. In patients having thyroid pathology, its fluctuating levels can affect period...  Read Full »

What are the expected physical and emotional changes in hormonal birth control withdrawal?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know about going off birth control. What are the five to ten most common physical and emotional changes women can expect when they discontinue hormonal birth control use? Will these changes differ depending on the type of birth control and how long you have been on it? How...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There could be many effects if a woman has been on any specific birth control pills like mood variations, fear of conception if not willing to conceive, anxiety, irregular periods, skin dryness, soft breast, dry hairs, less libido, angry behavior, etc. If the body ...  Read Full »

I have irregular periods with low sex drive after delivery. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 36 years old. After giving birth to my child two years back, my period changed from 28 to 31, 32, 33, 34. My breast milk is still coming out after breastfeeding my child. My sex drive is low and my vagina is always dry. I cannot get pregnant again.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you are breastfeeding, so it increases milk production as well as delays normal menstrual cycles. With normal regular periods, sex drive remains high and normal menstrual blood flow also continues but as this disturbs sex libido, menstrual flow, mood variation, all app...  Read Full »

Is it fine to take Meprate while planning for pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a childless woman for the past six years after marriage. Recently, we went to an IVF center. All my reports and my partner's reports were normal. The doctor prescribed me medicines such as Letrozole, Metital, Supradyn, Folmet, and Meprate. I am confused about Meprate. I am maintainin...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most of the medications given in the process of treatment help in having a regular menstrual cycle, regular ovulation, and to get rid of irregular periods and to support conception. Meprate is progestin. It will act as progesterone which reduces the overgrowth of endometr...  Read Full »

Kindly guide me to know the ovulation period as I have irregular periods and trying to conceive.

Query: Hello doctor, I had periods on 30th of last month. I do not really know when my ovulation is because I have irregular menses and I am trying to conceive.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is a really short description of your query. In an irregular cycle, it seems around 30 to 35 days better to have sex on alternate days on expected days of ovulation. It is better to have combined oral contraceptive pills for three months to regulate your cycle and th...  Read Full »

Can taking two Postinor pills three times in a cycle cause any complication?

Query: Hello doctor, I took Postinor two pills 72 hours prevention three times in one cycle. Please tell me what are the consequences? I have been having lower abdominal pain and light drops of blood each time I pee and wipe my vagina. I fear if AV caused more harm to myself because my menstrual period is...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by interfering with the normal cycle and preventing ovulation, fertilization, implantation, etc., and in return gives withdrawal bleed within 1 to 2 weeks. As soon your reproductive system go...  Read Full »

PAP smear test shows metaplastic epithelial cells. Is colposcopy needed?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 39 years old female. For the last three months, I am having a long period cycle for 10 days. The first day is flowing but rest days are spotting. I have done pap smear test as suggested by a gynecologist. The report is showing some metaplastic epithelial cells.I was suggested to do...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), could not read it completely as important part is missing from the picture. But, there is some chronic infection of the cervix that affected cervical histology and there are some changes in the ce...  Read Full »

Which tablet to take to delay periods for vacation while still breastfeeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am breastfeeding (not exclusively) my 9-month-old baby due to which I am having irregular periods almost every month. They get delayed for 10 to 15 days. Now, I am on vacation and really do not want my periods for at least 10 days to come as there will be a lot o...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In breastfeeding, serum prolactin increases. That helps in milk production. Even for increasing breast milk production, sometimes prolactin has been given. Prolactin depresses/reduces/disturbs the menstrual cycle. Before six months of age, breastfeeding mothers bett...  Read Full »

Can you suggest some medicine to correct irregular periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 36 years old female, and I am married. I am suffering from prolonged and irregular periods. Periods stop and start again for a long time of almost months together. Before three years, I got PCOD problem, but now I have not checked and undergone any medical tests. I took ayurvedic me...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there are heavy periods which is affecting your daily activities, then you need to pay attention to it and try to solve the issue as soon as possible. Heavy periods can give you anemia, dizziness, generalized weakness and other long-term symptoms as well. Start takin...  Read Full »

I am having irregular periods and planning to conceive. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having irregular periods for a while now and I am planning to have a baby but do not know the best moment to conceive. I had my last period a month back and three days after that I had unprotected sex with my fiance and thought I had conceived because I started having cramps...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have your periods duration increased or reduced? It would be better if you send me your detailed gynecology, menstrual, obstetric medical history as well. There are two ways to regulate cycles. One is to have hormones (norethisterone or COCP-combined oral contraceptive...  Read Full »

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