Parisa Pourzand, M.D.
OB/GYN located in Glendale, CA, Burbank, CA, & Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
Are you frustrated by your irregular periods and looking for answers? Dr. Parisa Pourzand can help you understand why your period is so unpredictable and offers treatments that can help women in the greater Glendale, Burbank, and Beverly Hills, California, areas with irregular menses. You can book an appointment at Parisa Pourzand, M.D. Inc. online, or contact the administrative staff by phone to find a time that fits your busy schedule.
Irregular Menses Q & A
What are irregular periods?
There’s no such thing as a “standard” period, but most women will menstruate once every 24 to 38 days. Those periods will last between 2-8 days, and the amount of blood will remain relatively consistent.
If you experience any of these changes, you might have irregular periods:
- Longer or shorter spans of time between periods
- More or less bleeding than normal
- Bleeding that’s longer or shorter than normal
Unpredictable bleeding is incredibly inconvenient and makes it hard to plan ahead. That’s especially true if your periods are very heavy or last for more than a week at a time.
Why are my periods so irregular?
Irregular periods, or menses, can happen for a number of different reasons. Some of the more common causes include:
- Switching birth control methods
- An intrauterine device (IUD)
- High levels of stress or anxiety
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Overactive or underactive thyroid
- Uterine fibroids
- Excessive exercise
Dr. Pourzand works with you to determine the reason your periods are so unpredictable and helps you choose a course of treatment that can help.
When should I see an OB/GYN about my periods?
Some women tolerate irregular bleeding more easily than others, so there’s no single set of events that should precede a visit to your OB/GYN. In general, you should call Dr. Pourzand if you find your period is disrupting your regular routines, or you notice increased pain or blood flow.
What can be done about irregular periods?
Your treatment path is unique and customized according to your overall health and the likely causes of irregular menses. If you have a medical condition like polycystic ovary syndrome or uterine fibroids, treating those conditions can often regulate your period.
If there’s no clear medical cause, Dr. Pourzand may recommend trying a new form of birth control to keep your monthly cycle on track. Birth control pills are one option, and there are many different formulations that offer varying types and concentrations of estrogen and progesterone.
Can surgery help regulate my period?
Surgery can be a good treatment option if a structural problem is causing irregular periods. For example, blockages in your uterus or fallopian tubes could be to blame for irregular bleeding. Surgery can remove excess tissue and allow your body to shed its uterine lining on a more consistent schedule.
You may have scar tissue that’s interfering with your monthly cycle. Surgery can remove that accumulated tissue, paving the way for a more predictable cycle. To learn more about your options, book a consultation with Dr. Pourzand today.