Irregular Periods

The normal menstrual cycle is about 28 days in length, although it may be slightly longer in some women. When periods are irregular or very short, it is most likely during the early years of menstruation and during the time just before menopause, when the body fails to ovulate or ovulates very late in the cycle. Some women, unfortunately, have irregular periods all the time and doctors often treat this by putting a woman on birth control pills. This usually solves the problem but doesn’t do anything to enhance fertility nor does it solve the problem indefinitely. Once off the birth control pills, the irregular periods are usually back.

What are the symptoms of irregular periods?

Because irregular periods are often a result of estrogen dominance, symptoms can be similar to what’s seen in that condition (see Estrogen Dominance).The woman often has unpredictable menstrual cycles and endures heavy vaginal bleeding and clots. Infertility is common as well as symptoms of PMS.

What are the causes of irregular periods?

Irregular periods are almost always a result of estrogen dominance. Estrogen builds the endometrial lining and, if it impairs ovulation, no progesterone is made by the corpus luteum of the ovaries and the lining of the uterus never matures and gets much thicker than it’s supposed to be. At some point, the estrogen level drops to a point where bleeding occurs. The bleeding is often extremely heavy and sometimes contains blood clots. The cycle length can be as short as approximately 21 days or, if there is continued estrogen dominance, the cycle length can be longer than 28 days. Estrogen dominance often comes from xenohormones, which are hormones a woman takes in from outside the body. Xenohormones come from hormone-tainted meats and from heavily processed carbohydrates and trans-fats. In addition, environmental toxins like dioxin can mimic estrogen in the body, leading to estrogen dominance and irregular periods.

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