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Question (11/04/2011):

Title: My periods are quite irregular since last year.

Sir, I am 20 year old, my periods are quite irregular since last year.

Earlier I had normal flows but since many months neither the periods nor the flow are on specified date

I.e. the flow is less and goes on to 6-8 days which earlier would last up to 7 days.

Sir, please help me.

Other days I have certain white discharge and I feel mild back pain.


The most common causes of irregular periods include:

- Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

- Increased or excessive weight loss.

- Stress or emotional problems.

- Hormonal problems (such as thyroid malfunctions, for example).

- Travel.

- Doing too much exercise: if you're an athlete and train very hard, you will stop menstruating because the body wants to survive and save energy. Menstruation takes energy.

- Problems in the organs in the pelvis (such as polycystic ovaries, for example)

- Medications such and birth-control pills can affect the frequency and / or intensity of menstruation.

- Breastfeeding.

Usually the cause is hormonal and often facilitated by the presence of polycystic ovaries.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder among women of reproductive age.

It requires a pelvic ultrasound and a blood test for diagnosis.

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Other reasons for abnormal/irregular periods

Vaginal white discharge

Slight bleeding and blood spotting | Polycystic ovaries

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a endocrine disorder (hormone imbalance)

Early diagnosis and treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome may help reduce your risk of long-term complications, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Talk with your doctor if you have menstrual irregularities - such as infrequent periods, prolonged periods or no menstrual periods - and have excess hair on your face and body or acne.

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