Irregular Periods

Andrea Reiche, MD

OB-GYN located in Van Nuys, CA

Irregular periods are common and often no cause for concern, but you should get them checked at the office of Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. in Van Nuys, California. Dr. Reiche or another one of the dedicated providers can help you get to the bottom of your menstrual irregularities whether it’s due to menopause, hormones, a medical condition, or certain medications. Call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule a checkup today.

Irregular Periods Q & A

What are irregular periods?

Irregular menstrual bleeding is defined as having a period when you don’t expect it or not having one when you do. Some examples of irregular periods include:

  • Bleeding for more than a week
  • Excessively heavy periods
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods

If you aren’t pregnant, haven’t completed menopause, or haven’t had a hysterectomy and don’t bleed each month, Dr. Reiche evaluates the reason for your irregularity. 

What causes irregular periods?

There are many factors that can impact your menstrual cycle and disrupt your regularity. Some common causes of irregular periods include:

  • Medications
  • Hormonal fluctuations or abnormalities
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Abrupt weight loss
  • Emotional circumstances
  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Perimenopause
  • Hormonal birth control

In addition, certain medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, and thyroid problems can completely throw your periods off schedule.

When should I see a doctor for irregular periods?

If your periods are irregular and you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see a provider at Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc.:

  • Vomiting during your period
  • Severe pain or cramping during your period
  • Bleeding or spotting between menstrual cycles
  • Routinely bleeding for more than a week at a time
  • Routinely bleeding for only a day or two at a time
  • Missing multiple periods in a row
  • Excessively heavy or excessively light periods

The Andrea Reiche, MD, Inc. team is knowledgeable about underlying causes that may affect your periods and knows which tests can best assess your condition. Talk to the providers about everything you are experiencing so they can guide your testing and care.

What are the treatment options for irregular periods?

Dr. Reiche and her team are thorough about finding the root cause of your problem. She develops an individualized treatment plan that addresses your symptoms, overall health, and reproductive goals. 

In many cases, hormonal birth control helps regulate your menstrual cycle and restore regularity to your monthly periods. Options include patches, creams, pills, vaginal rings, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and implants. 

For unusual pain and cramping, Dr. Reiche may recommend over-the-counter medication or prescription drugs.

Don’t suffer through irregular periods. Call the office to get your periods back on track or use the online scheduling option.