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Will irregular period affect my fertility?

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Published At February 13, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am having irregular periods since six months. My age is 25. My period lasts for only one or two days with brown blood discharge. My weight is 220 lbs and height is 5'6".

Answered by Dr. Balakrishnan R

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

All these problems of periods are due to overweight. Your expected weight is around 121 to 132 lbs. It is easy to say just to reduce. But, it is quite impossible to reduce so much. Please put some effort to do it for at least 5 to 10 lbs per month. It is a start. Reduce all high calories diet and junk bakery food. But, you should not fast. Have regular exercise, especially for the middle segment of the body like aerobics or brisk walk. All the fat in the body gets converted to hormones. You would have seen big men having breast as their fat is producing the female hormone. This hormone will affect the normal cycle of ovulation, and you will not get the periods regularly.

Your fat distribution will be mainly around mid-segment such as thighs, breast, back and hip, but not below knees and elbows. Also, there will be black discoloration behind the neck, side of breast and inner aspect of thighs. Kindly get a scan to check polycystic ovaries. In the meantime, also check your empty stomach early morning, thyroid profile and serum prolactin. These hormones can also affect your periods and can be corrected.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

But before six months, I was having good four days of the period. This is the first time I am coming across this problem. Will it affect my fertility? Will it be difficult for me to get pregnant?

Answered by Dr. Balakrishnan R

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

If I guess right, you were born a fat baby. That is when you will have so much overweight. Maybe if you had a sudden increase in weight recently, then do consider getting thyroid profile or prolactin as these hormones can vary suddenly and needs correction for regular ovulation. Do not worry about pregnancy. Even if you reduce 10 lbs, your pregnancy chance improves a lot. As long as your periods are irregular ovulation will not be regular. But, once you reduce the weight, your periods will become regular and indirectly ovulation will be normal. You will stand a very good chance of pregnancy. With reduced weight, pregnancy complications like bleeding, early abortions are reduced. Your pregnancy chances are same once that extra weight is shed.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Balakrishnan R
Dr. Balakrishnan R

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