Symptoms — irregular periods
Frustrated by spotting, heavy bleeding, or irregular periods?
“My periods started to be more regular and they were much more moderate. I
know to the day when my period is going to come now! It used to be that the whole
week was a wash. I had such heavy bleeding that I had to be near a bathroom at all
times. Now I have freedom from worrying about it.” — Bea,
Personal Program Member
Our periods are orchestrated by natural, interdependent hormonal shifts, so it’s
no wonder that often the first sign of hormonal imbalance is a change in the rhythm,
timing or heaviness of our periods.
Irregular menstrual bleeding comes in many forms, and varies from woman to woman.
You may experience spotting, mid-cycle bleeding or very heavy bleeding. The time
between your periods may lengthen, shorten or become unpredictable. The way in which
your cycle is “irregular” is unique to you, but the underlying cause
is often the same, and rooted in hormonal imbalance. And the good news is it’s
possible to naturally restore your hormonal balance and so the regularity of your
It’s common to have one or two irregular periods a year. But if you have more
than that it’s a good idea to look at some possible causes and get your body
back on track. The most common causes of irregular bleeding that we see at our clinic
Perimenopause. If you’re over 35 you may be in
perimenopause, the months or years of hormonal transition that lead up to
menopause. Technically, menopause occurs when it has been 12 consecutive months
since your last period, but it’s rare for women to menstruate regularly until
their periods suddenly stop. More commonly, women notice changes to their cycles
five, ten or even fifteen years prior to reaching menopause.
PCOS. Women with polycystic
ovarian syndrome (PCOS) usually do not ovulate regularly. Since regular
periods depend on regular ovulation (unless you are on birth control pills, in which
case your “period” is actually a withdrawal bleed), one of the most
common signs of PCOS is irregular bleeding. PCOS is commonly connected to
insulin resistance, which is caused by diets heavy in sugar and refined
Stress. Our adrenal glands are responsible for regulating cortisol
levels, which have a direct impact on some of the hormones involved in menstruation
such as estrogen and progesterone. The adrenals increase cortisol production in
response to stress. Unfortunately, most women suffer from chronic stress that overburdens
the adrenals and can lead to
adrenal dysfunction. The resulting cortisol imbalance leads to fluctuations
in estrogen and progesterone. Healing your adrenals is essential for regaining the
hormonal balance necessary for regular periods.
Hypothyroidism. Thyroid function is intimately connected with all
your body’s hormones. When your thyroid hormones are off balance such as with
hypothyroidism, it can result in a wide range of symptoms, including irregular periods,
fatigue, weight gain, and depression. Many women we see with irregular periods have
All of these problems are rooted in hormonal imbalance, and fortunately there is
a lot you can do to regain hormonal balance naturally. The basic approach is to
give your body the support it needs to make and balance its hormones, while reducing
the demands on your endocrine system.
We’ve seen thousands of women regain their natural menstrual cycles with a
few healthy dietary modifications, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements,
stress management and relaxation techniques. Your cycles will normalize if you give
your body the right support. And we know what a relief that can be!
Last Modified Date: 04/27/2012