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The normal period bleeding generally lasts for 5 days after which the the monthly cycle repeats. A woman’s health is often determined by the menstrual cycle. Women may experience abnormal uterine bleeding / periods.

What are abnormal periods?

Abnormal period’s means

  • Heavy periods
  • Menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than normal.
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods or after sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding even after reaching menopause

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Below mentioned are some of the causes of abnormal periods:

Medications: Some specific medications like antipsychotics and anti-epileptics affect the menstrual cycle which may result in irregular periods.

Eating disorders: Woman’s health is also adjudged by certain conditions and when women are experiencing conditions like bulimia or anorexia they may experience irregular periods as their bodies fail to produce and circulate the hormones which are responsible to control the menstrual cycle.

Hyperprolactinemia : women who have too much of prolactin hormone in their blood may have irregular periods.

Polycystic ovary syndrome or (PCOS) : this is a condition in which tiny, fluid-filled sacs develop in the woman’s ovaries. Women with PCOS don’t release an egg every month. The symptoms of PCOS are irregular or no periods, acne, obesity and increased facial hair. PCOS is a result of imbalanced sex hormones.

Thyroid Disorder: Low and high thyroid hormones can affect periods.

Uterine or Cervical Cancer: This cancer may result in irregular periods.

Endometriosis: This is a condition in which the cells which are normally be found inside the woman’s uterus are found outside. It can damage the tissue and cause heavy periods, unbearable pain and infertility.

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