Menstrual disorders include a variety of disorders that affect a woman’s menstrual cycle. They range from very heavy, painful periods or no periods at all. Cause for concern when periods come fewer than 21 days or more than 3 months apart.
Menstrual disorders include:
- Irregular periods - cycle length shorter or longer than normal
- Infrequent periods - menstrual periods that occur more than 35 days apart, cause of concern when they occur more than 3 months apart.
- Painful menstruation - also known as primary dysmenorrhea, secondary dysmenorrhea can be triggered by endometriosis or fibroids.
- Heavy bleeding
Treatment for Menstrual Disorders
- Oral contraceptives - helps to regulate periods and can reduce heavy bleeding.
- Surgical - if the menstrual disorder is brought on by polyps or fibroids, your doctor may recommend surgical treatment. This involves a hysteroscopy or a laparoscopic procedure including the removal of fibroids.