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Definition of Menstrual irregularity

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Menstrual irregularity: The normal menstrual cycle is about four weeks long, and often follows the phases of the moon. Its length varies from three to seven days, but is usually consistent. However, girls and teenagers who menstruate are usually irregular. This is not a cause for concern unless regular menstruation has been established and is then lost. Some adult women also have irregular cycles. This can be a benign condition, but it can also be due to problems in the uterus or ovaries, including cancer. Adults with menstrual irregularity should see their physician to rule out disease or other problems. In some cases, medication can be used to regulate a chronically irregular cycle.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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