Irregular Menstrual Cycles
I know of no other normal bodily function about which there is so much myth and misunderstanding as there is about menstruation.
Menstrual irregularity is one of the most common reasons for a woman to seek help. A great deal of my time is spent educating her about this very normal function.
The most common myth about menstruation is that it is necessary for a woman to have a period every month. This is totally untrue. All that getting a period means is simply that you did not become pregnant. There is nothing beneficial about having a period. There is nothing necessary about having a period. It does not get rid of any toxins or other abnormal substances. All it means is that Mother Nature is resetting the clock in the hopes that you will become pregnant in the next cycle.
I do not care if a woman has a period or not-so long as I know why she is not having a period. By simply knowing how to manipulate the hormones, I can make any woman have a period so long as she has a uterus and is not pregnant.
If any woman is ovulating normally, she will have normal regular menstrual cycles. Any deviation from the normal suggests that there may be an underlying problem that needs to be evaluated. Once we had determined what the abnormality is, treatment will depend upon what we are trying to achieve. However, it is important to understand that the treatment is designed to correct the underlying problem-not simply to give the woman a menstrual cycle.
Women with irregular bleeding often go to great lengths to document the pattern of the bleeding. While in some instances the nature of the irregular bleeding is important in helping to determine what may be causing it, to me the most important thing is that the woman has deviated from her normal menstrual pattern. Sometimes the change in pattern may be a temporary glitch due to an intercurrent illness or a severe emotional stress. Sometimes, however, a significant change in a woman’s menstrual cycle indicates a serious underlying problem that needs to be evaluated and treated.
It is also important to understand that every woman can have a crazy menstrual cycle once in a while. If you have had normal regular periods, then one month have an irregular period, and then go back to being normal again, there is probably little to worry about. However, if the irregularity persists, it should be evaluated.