When a woman’s menstrual cycle goes right, she is said to be in good health conditions. But there are people who are not bothered with irregular cycles as well. Does an irregular cycle really indicate illness?
Well, in general, periods stop when a woman is pregnant, breastfeeding, or is in postmenopausal period. Sometimes certain health conditions might affect the cycles as well. But other than that, a woman with irregular, heavy or painful cycles indicate bad health conditions. This can also lead up to problems with pregnancy or even getting pregnant.
One of the very common problems during period is the menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhea. It is categorized in two types. Primary dysmenorrhea is only caused by the contraction of the uterus, which can be soothed by taking some OTC drug. But, secondary dysmenorrhea is usually severe, increases over time, and is caused due to some other health issues like ovarian cyst, uterine fibroid, etc.
Heavy bleeding is caused by various reasons. Some of the reasons are not very serious, like obesity, inherited bleeding disorder, or side effect from certain medications. But heavy bleeding can be a consequence of some severe conditions as well, such as, problems with ovulation or uterine lining, miscarriage, thyroid imbalance, uterine polyps, etc.
Another problem regarding period which often occurs is missing periods, or amenorrhea. If a girl doesn’t have her period by the age of 15, or if a woman misses out on her period for 3 consecutive months, then the condition is said to be amenorrhea. The causes of amenorrhea generally include eating disorders, weight, stress, or hormonal problems, etc.
Being in Bangladesh, the women are not always encouraged to discuss their problems about menstrual cycles. Even though the initial conditions might not be very serious, but this kind of hesitation can lead up to many severe problems, even cancer. So, it is always wise to consult with a doctor as soon as a girl or a woman faces any kind of problem regarding her menstrual cycle and solve the issue at its simplest stage.
Written By: Khadija Sultana