Irregular periods often come without warning, and can consequently interfere significantly with a women's daily life. Women going through menopause are considered the most likely to experience irregular menstruation cycles. This is because during the stage preceding menopause, known as perimenopause, hormone production fluctuates and decreases, triggering a woman's periods to become irregular.
It is possible to experience irregular periods which then become regular again, but this is unlikely. Because it is impossible to dictate your irregular periods, here are a few ways to help you cope with irregular periods with confidence and grace.
Always Be Prepared
The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to deal with irregular periods. Always travel with an extra pair of underwear, tampons, and even an extra pair of pants or shorts. This will help keep your anxiety about irregular periods in check, and allow you to keep living the life you are accustomed to.
Talk to Your Partner
Your husband or partner may not understand what it is like for you to be going through such a drastic life alterations. But, if you attempt to explain it he will likely be more capable of helping you overcome the challenges you are facing. Explain to him the emotional strain irregular periods are putting on you and your life.
Regular exercise will release endorphins into your body that will help to keep you happy and healthy. The happier you are, and the more prepared your body is for hormonal changes, the less likely you are to find these symptoms causing a significant impact on your life. Fit more exercise into your day by going for a 30 minute walk around your neighborhood, or at a local park. Exercising for 30 minutes, five times a week will help increase your energy levels and keep you going on even the toughest days.
Adding more fruits and veggies into your diet might seem like a small change but the alteration can actually yield significant results. The nutrients and minerals found in healthier foods will prime your body for menopause and help alleviate your irregular periods.
Because irregular periods are often an inevitable occurrence, it is wise to work out how to deal with them. Click on the following link to learn more about the causes of irregular periods.
- Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
- Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
- BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007