Early or late, the menstrual clock is becoming irregular to more and more women, causing several inconveniences.
Increasingly, menstrual regularity is becoming a real utopia, due to the frenetic pace of life, lifestyles and eating habits that are not always the best and the continuous stress that has become an integral part of daily life.
Experts identify the period between 25 and 35 days as the one to be considered “normal”, widening the spectrum of traditional 28 days and considering in the count three distinct elements: duration, rhythm and quantity.
Having an irregular cycle does not necessarily represent a strangeness or the onset of a pathology in the short term, however, the surprise effect can, of course, create a series of discomforts.
The problem arises when there is a carelessness in the day count, especially when we refer to people with a very active sex life but not willing to have a child. It is a good idea to use a calendar of your cycle, noting the date, duration, pain presented and any abnormalities, starting with the period of ovulation, which, in some cases, may not have any symptoms.
However, there are five precise signs that should indicate that your biological calendar is altered and, in case of prolonged phenomena in time, we recommend a specialist visit.
- Amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhea, when the cycle disappears or reduces over time
The most obvious symptom of a delay is its reduction in time or even its unjustified disappearance. This may depend on certain factors. First of all, if you have a very active sex life, the first doubt is always that of a possible pregnancy, which can be resolved quickly by means of a test. If this turns out to be negative, it could be a calculation error or, probably, a very intense and stressful period in your life.
In fact, one’s state of mental health has a great impact on one’s physical wellbeing, upsetting normal rhythms. Pressure, in fact, strongly compromises ovulation, which responds to the body defending itself and not producing the necessary hormones.
- Prolonged cycle for several months
They become a fixed appointment, or rather, to be precise, infinite, and often these too are caused by the presence of situations of stress or changes in the normal lifestyle. Sometimes, they also depend on hormonal imbalances, which can be managed through ad hoc therapy, to restore normal uterine function.
When these episodes occur in puberty, there is no need to worry, because the body begins to get used to the “novelty”, causing changes ranging from scarcity to abundance in a few months. In adulthood, on the other hand, a gynaecological examination is recommended, since it could be the presence of a cyst or polyps, formations derived from the excessive production of glandular tissue inside the uterus, which in some cases can be stopped or removed surgically and in others, even be left where they are.
- Pain in the lower abdomen combined with amenorrhea
Sometimes, when you are in the presence of an irregularity, it happens to have severe pains in correspondence with the period. In these cases the best solution is to take a short rest, drinking hot herbal teas and chamomile and relaxing. A hot bath can help to calm the pain and, in some cases, contribute to the arrival of the cycle.
- Suspension of contraceptives
Suspension of the pill or other contraceptive therapies often causes an irregularity for some periods. This is not necessarily a factor to worry about, as it presents a condition known as post-pill amenorrhea. The body is affected by the rhythmicity due to the suspension of estrogen. Usually this absence can be prolonged for more than 90 days, becoming a real syndrome and causing discomfort. Fortunately, it is a condition destined to return.
- Intimate bad smell
Smelly intimate losses can cause delays in the cycle due to bacterial formation. Usually they are vaginitis, an inflammatory process that occurs when microorganisms present in the microflora are compromised. This problem can also arise from allergic or traumatic bases or from exposure to irritants. In fact, one of the main symptoms is precisely the intimate itching and discomfort that can turn into pain.
The hormone change, therefore, could disturb the regular menstrual movement, upsetting.