OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains common reasons for irregular menstrual cycles and breakthrough bleeding.
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Dr. Lisa Masterson: All right, Callyne what's your question? Callyne: I have been experiencing irregular periods since I can remember and I was wondering what causes irregular periods and if there are any health issues behind it that might be down the line, I have to worry about. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well, for women our periods are vital sign, okay, so when they are out of whack they usually means out of whack. When they are irregular meaning becoming more frequently or less frequently, so spacing out or coming too often or too heavy that tells us something is up with our hormones. Okay we are such hormonal being, so what you need to do is find out what is going on with your hormones. It could be the thyroid hormones, it could be your female hormone like estrogen and progesterone, it could be -- you have so many hormones that actually work together. So, the idea is you should have your hormones checked. Are you on any medications? Callyne: Birth control since it started. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Okay, so you are already on birth control. Callyne: Yeah. Dr. Lisa Masterson: So, that makes it actually a little bit different because that's trying to balance your hormones, so that's even more of a reason to check your thyroid to make sure that that's not a problem, but also your gynecologist and again you want to go to your gynecologist to get a full checkup because it is a vital sign, so if it is out of whack you need to find out is it just because I traveled or I have started new exercise regimen or more stressed. Before you want to talk it up to something like that go to your doctor and find out -- get a workup meaning checking your hormone levels which is just a blood test or an ultrasound where we can see, if you have things like fibroids or cysts or things like that. So, you need to checkup with your gynecologist because our periods for women are vital sign.