What’s the Cause of my Changing Period?

Are you dealing with a changing period? Subtle changes to your cycle are normal. However, sudden changes in the length or volume of your menstrual cycle, you need to tell your doctor right away. Especially if  those changes persist for several months.

Fibroids Can Lead to a Changing PeriodPerio

Fibroids can cause your changing period, impacting the length of your cycle, or causing a heavy flow. But aging can also lead to menstrual changes. And, because of that fact, you should know what changes are ‘normal’ for your age. Recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal cycle changes could help you get a fibroid diagnosis. So, to help you get to the root cause of your changing period, check out this guide to your ‘normal’ menstrual cycle each decade. Knowing what to expect could help you identify period changes that could be signs of trouble.

The 20s Changing Period

This is the decade when most cycles become consistent. But PMS is also more common in your 20s. While birth control can manage some PM symptoms, women with fibroids may experience tumor growth with certain types of birth control. So talk to your doctor before making a decision.

Your Cycle in Your 30s

This is when most women get a fibroids diagnosis. Luckily, many women without fibroids see PMS symptoms improve at this stage of life. (Especially if they’ve been pregnant.)  If you have fibroids in your 30s, and still want to expand your family, discuss treatment options with our Dallas fibroid specialists. We can treat your tumors without a hysterectomy.

A Changing Period in Your 40s

In this decade, it’s normal to experience an irregular period. Your flow may also be heavier (with or without fibroids) and many women spot between periods. Still, you can get pregnant at this stage, so don’t give up on contraception.

Changing Period: Medical Causes

Aside from fibroids, polyps and endometriosis can also cause menstrual changes, as can PCOS and thyroid problems that change your hormone levels. Stress, over-exercise, anorexia or bulimia can all affect your cycle. Finally, abnormal bleeding (especially if you’ve been through menopause) could be a sign of gynecologic cancer. So changes in your period after ymenopause should be an immediate cause for concern.

Now, because all women are unique, all cycles are, too. So what’s “normal” for you may be concerning for another woman. So, when is it time to talk to your doctor about a changing period? Here’s a good guideline: if your menstrual symptoms are sever enough to ruin your day, tell your docto! And if you suspect that fibroids are behind the changes in your cycle, come see our Dallas fibroid specialists right away so you can learn your fibroid treatment options!


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