A regular period cycle occurs after every 28 days or 7-8 days before or after the regular cycle. But if you are experiencing an irregular cycle, usually at an interval of fewer than 21 days or more than 35 days, this can impact your ability to get pregnant. Irregular periods can be a sign of hormonal imbalance, or any underlying disease, maybe thyroid disorder. Stress, excessive exercise, poor diet, birth control pills or any change in the routine can cause irregular periods. You should keep a track on your menstrual cycle and consult your doctor if you notice any delay or frequent periods.
Impact of Irregular Periods On Getting Pregnant
- Irregular periods doesn’t mean you are infertile. Even if you have an irregular period, you can have a normal pregnancy.
- If you have a regular menstrual cycle, you have 30% chances of conception if you have baby-making sex. But that percentage decreases if you have erratic periods.
- There is a decrease in chances of conception because of unpredictable ovulation days. You can’t predict when you are ovulating, making it challenging to have baby-making sex.
- Delayed or irregular periods may indicate delayed or absent ovulation. If you are not ovulating, there is zero chance of getting pregnant.
- About 30% of infertility in women is because of problems in ovulation.
How are irregular periods treated?
- If you have any hormonal disorder or any underlying disease, your doctor can suggest using hormone therapies or birth control pills or using IUDs to regulate your cycle.
- If stress is the issue, you should calm down and de-stress, if you’re an acrobat and have excessive exercise, the doctor can suggest you go slow.
- If PCOS, cysts, fibroids are the reason, consult your doctor and seek advice and proper treatment.
- There are several fertility medications available like letrozole (Femara), clomiphene (Clomid) or injectable fertility medicines that can induce ovulation. Still you need to consult your gynaecologist before starting any such medications.
Irregular periods are a matter of concern, but you should panic. If you are planning for a baby, and you have an irregular period, you should visit the gynaecologist and take proper treatment. Take actions early to avoid any complications. However, even if you are not trying to conceive , and you missed a cycle, it is essential to consult your gynaecologist to know the underlying cause and get proper treatment. Visit Dr Sowjanya Aggrawal, the best infertility specialist in Delhi. Book your appointment now!