Not having a handle on your menstrual cycle can be frustrating. Menstrual irregularities may include amenorrhea, anovulation, overly frequent periods, spotting or heavy bleeding.
A normal cycle will occur every 21 to 35 days, and the menstrual flow should last two to seen days. Women are going to have the most inconsistent menstrual flows during puberty and near menopause.
This is because hormone levels are changing. There may be an increase or decrease in flow, shorter or longer cycles, and more or less pain.
That said, what's normal for you may not be normal for others. If you regularly experience longer, heavier, and painful cycles, this may be what is normal for you.
But you don't have to deal with painful or uncomfortable symptoms — even if they are normal. At Merriam Park, we can find ways to alleviate your symptoms.
Menstrual irregularities can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Most of the time, though, it is simply a hormonal imbalance.
Causes for menstrual irregularities can very often be attributed to dietary, exercise changes, and a high stress level. Other common causes include polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS, premature ovarian failure (POF or early menopause), pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and uterine fibroids.
Acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle modifications can be combined in order to rebalance the body and regulate the menstrual cycle. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes a holistic approach by looking not only at the menstrual cycle, but also digestion, sleep patterns, energy levels, and other health issues. As a result, you may experience less stress, better digestion, and more energy, as well as a reduction in menstrual symptoms.