Why Am I Getting Two Periods in a Month?
Are you getting two periods in a month? This blog post explains the possible reasons why this happens.
As a woman you will typically get your period once each month as most of us run 21- 35 days monthly cycle. However, this is the ideal situation and sometimes, things don’t always go as they should. There are those times when you get more than one period in a month and this happens to even the best of us.
When it happens the first time though it usually doesn’t raise any alarm as you probably aren’t closely monitoring your cycle, unless the second period comes so soon after the first.
However, if this habit of getting two period in a month continues for three consecutive months, it can raise an alarm that all is not well in there. In most cases, it usually is a pointer to one or more underlying health issues and you are right to be worried.
So what should you do if your period comes earlier than 21 days and you start getting two each month? Should you get panicky if your regular cycle gets disturbed and you get visited by ‘aunty flo’ twice instead of once a month?
Here’s what medical practitioners the world over have to say about this:
Should you be worried? Not particularly.
If you run a short menstrual cycle of 21 – 28 days and get a period on the first day of the month, you will get another before the month comes to an end. Such cases are usually not a problem and the chances of you getting two periods in a month will be slim since not all your periods will begin on the first day of each month.
Here are some other reasons you might experience two periods in a month include:
Some women miscarry even before they are aware they were pregnant and in such a situation, you will have two periods in one month.
- Uterine fibroid
Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus that, although not malignant, can cause heavy and frequent bleeding.
Most cysts are present when a woman gets born and presents no problems. Hormone producing cysts in he other hand do and could cause an irregularity in your cycle.
- Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Certain STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea cause inflammation of the uterus, leading to an unusually frequent cycle.
- Thyroid Disorder
Hyperthyroidism (the production of excess thyroid hormone) and hypothyroidism (the production of too little) are two health conditions that can cause fluctuations in your cycle and make you have two periods in one month.
Endometriosis ochre when uterine lining usually present in the womb grows outside of it. It can cause severe abdominal pain and irregular vaginal bleeding.
- The start of menopause
Young girls just starting their period will find they have irregularities. There are some periods where they will experience a longer cycle and others where they will have a shorter one.
Perimenopause or the period leading up to menopause (the cessation of your periods) causes changes in your hormones which could make them act up.
Now, since you never really are sure which conditions could be responsible for your short cycle, it’s best you get it checked out.
However, there are some factors that pre-disposes you to a short monthly cycle is if you have a family history of early menopause, fibroid, or cysts.
More Reasons Why You Get Two Periods in a Month
- side effect of a particular birth control pill (as it could take a few to several weeks for your body to adjust to a new pill)
- extreme weight gain or loss
- certain illnesses
Now, these are the only times when having a period twice monthly is seen as harmless.
In most cases however, medical practitioners advise still getting episodes of double monthly period checked out, even the seemingly innocent ones, as it could be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
Possible Treatment for Two Periods in a Month
Most often, cases of two periods in one month or short cycle are treated based on the diagnosis. For instance, for a double period caused by uterine fibroid or cysts the underlying condition is addressed and treated.
Your doctor will usually run some checks on you to ascertain the problem before prescribing the corresponding treatment.
Other Treatments You are Likely to Expect Include:
- Thyroid hormone replacement therapy (for cases caused by hypothyroidism)
- Radioactive iodine treatment, beta blockers, surgery, or anti-thyroid medications (for hyperthyroidism)
- Estrogen replacement and hormone therapy (for early menopause)
- Uterine artery embolism or surgery to correct uterine fibroids.
- Lifestyle changes to manage stress levels.
- And a different type of birth control pills (for pills)
In a lot of cases, you get placed on hormonal birth control pills and this helps regulate your period.
With the right diagnosis and treatment, most women report a regularisation of their monthly cycle and go on to have a healthy one. So, if you’re having one more period than you should, you should talk to your doctor about it.