40 % of Women in Tricity Suffering from Irregular Menstrual Cycles
Panchkula 11th January 2018: India ranks in top countries when it comes to unhealthy menstrual cycle. Irregular periods is the major health concern and if untreated leads to other health issues such as infertility, PCOS, Anemia, weight loss emotional imbalance and etc. Over 68% women have severe period-related symptoms such as cramps, tiredness, and bloating. Of the various symptoms, over 47% users reported having cramps. Around 49% women are reported being tired and 28% women complained of feeling bloated during their cycles. Almost all users report having mood swings at some point in their cycle.
According toa survey done in IT Park, Chandigarh, about 500 women showed that themost common health problem in most of the females was of irregular periods.Most of the patients were in the age groupof 22-30 and 40% of females hadirregular periods.According to Dr Shilva, Senior Consultant Obstetrics &Gynaecology Paras Bliss Panchkula, “Having irregular periods meansthat there is a variation in the number of days you have your period or ifperiod comes late or even skips a few months. Delaying of periods does not meanthat something serious is going on but, it can be stressful. Periodsusually start during puberty,between the ages of 10 and 16 years, and they continue until menopause,when a woman is 45- to 55-years old.The normal length of a woman's menstrualcycle is 28 days, but this varies between individuals. Irregular menstruationis when the length of the cycle is more than 35 days, or if the durationvaries.”
PCOS affectsabout one in 10 women of reproductive age, making it one of the more commonhormonal abnormalities women experience during their reproductive years. Womenoften notice that something is wrong when they have irregular bleeding eitherinfrequent and very light or more frequent and heavy and often excess hairgrowth.
Talkingabout the causes and the other health issues Dr Shilva says,’’ For many women, irregular orinfrequent menstrual cycles may not sound like such a bad thing. But acondition that can causes irregular period polycystic ovary syndrome,or PCOS can present women with numerous health concerns, ranging from excesshair growth to fertility issues to an increased risk of heartdisease and diabetes. Themost common causes of irregular periods are chronic medication, stress andanxiety, puberty, menopause or hormonal pills. Stress associated with menopausein modern era can release stress hormones which can disrupt the production ofestrogen and causes missed periods.
Many PCOSpatients experience fertility problems simply because they can't produce an eggfor fertilization every month. They have an increased risk of diabetes, withabout 30 percent of PCOS patients suffering from pre-diabetes or insulin insensitivity and 10 percent having type II diabetes. And PCOS patients may be at an increasedrisk for endometrial cancer,the cancer of the lining of the uterus”
An irregularcycle can also make it more difficult to get pregnant, especially if you’re notovulating every month. Women with irregular periods who are trying to have ababy are sometimes prescribed fertility drugs to increase ovulation
Talkingabout the preventive measures and treatment Dr Shilva says “Irregular periods that occur duringpuberty or as the woman approaches menopause do not usually need treatment. Ifirregular bleeding is due to contraception, and it continues for severalmonths, the woman should concern a doctor. In cases of PCOS, overweight, orobesity losing weight may help stabilize menstruation cycle. Meditation Yogaand healthy lifestyle can maintain your irregular cycle. Psychological therapymay help if emotional stress, an eating disorder, or sudden weight loss havetriggered irregular periods.”