Irregular periods are not just inconvenient.
Studies show that at least 14% of all women struggle with some degree of irregularity in their periods. While lifestyle changes play a key role, there could be any number of underlying causes. Irregular ovulation may be indicative of underlying conditions such as PCOS, thyroid, excess prolactin, inflamed pelvic region, or ovary dysfunction.
Understand Your Period Better.
Are my periods irregular?
Irregular periods are defined as those that fall outside of the standard 21-35 day cycle. Not only that, your age, the duration of menses, and type of blood flow matter too.
What factors are affecting my period?
Lifestyle factors such as stress & exercise, demographic factors including BMI & age, and your medical history – numerous factors can work together to influence your period.
Take a lab test at home.
Almost all the causes underlying your irregular periods can be spotted by having knowledge of the various hormones at play, and their levels.
The choice is yours: whether you want to test for a specific underlying condition, multiple conditions, or the full range at once. A report of your hormone levels is also great if you want to have a more empowered conversation with your physician.
What Hormones do we test?
Follicle Stimulating Hormone(FSH)
Mainly responsible for the growth and maturation of the follicle that releases an egg in a menstrual cycle. Any abnormalities in the level of this hormone can negatively impact ovulation.
Luteinizing hormone (LH)
Stimulates the ovaries to release an egg and start producing progesterone. Insufficient levels of this hormone can be the reason for fertility problems.
Estrogen is required for proper follicular growth and development. It also makes the Fallopian tube’s environment more conducive for sperm’s movement to the ovary.
Testosterone (Total T)
Male sex hormone, helps growth and repair of reproductive tissues. High levels of testosterone in women’s bodies may worsen insulin resistance and interfere with ovulation.
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
Regulates thyroid hormone levels which aid in ovulation and metabolism. Autoimmune or pituitary disorders are some underlying causes of abnormal thyroid hormone levels.
Regulates production of breast milk in lactating mothers, and impairs production of estrogen and progesterone thus preventing ovulation. PRL levels should be low if the woman is not pregnant or breast-feeding.
Explore a sample lab report.
Clear your doubts and worries, explore the ranges of FSH, LH, E2, and other hormones required for a healthy menstrual cycle. We want to help you better understand how to interpret your lab report.
With reliable information approved by medical practitioners, you will be able to better understand the reasons behind your irregular periods and make an informed choice on the way forward.
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