Irregular Menstruation Specialist

Lauren Rubal, M.D.

Infertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist located in Newport Beach, CA

A normal menstrual cycle lasts an average of 28 days. But while some women have periods like clockwork, others experience irregular menstruation. Irregular cycles can cause bleeding that’s light and just lasts a few days or periods that are long and abnormally heavy. At her office in Newport Beach, California, Lauren Rubal, MD, is an expert dedicated to diagnosing and treating irregular menstruation. There’s no need to suffer irregular periods any longer: request your appointment on the phone or online today.

Irregular Menstruation Q & A

What is irregular menstruation?

A regular menstrual cycle is generally 24-38 days, and menstrual bleeding lasts four to seven days. Bleeding marks the first day of your menstrual cycle, and the uterine lining begins to build up after bleeding stops. 

If you don’t get pregnant, hormones trigger the uterine lining to shed, you begin bleeding, and the cycle starts over again.

Irregular menstruation occurs if your cycle lasts less than 24 days or more than 38. It may also affect the length and characteristics of menstrual bleeding. Common signs of irregular menstruation include:

  • Very heavy bleeding
  • Light or nonexistent bleeding
  • Missing a number of periods in a row
  • Bleeding that lasts more than seven days
  • Periods accompanied by severe cramping, nausea, or vomiting
  • Abnormal bleeding

If you have irregular menstruation, make an appointment with Dr. Rubal. It’s important to seek a diagnosis to rule out serious conditions like uterine cancer. 

Why is my period irregular?

Irregular periods might be caused by hormone levels, physical conditions, pregnancy, medication, or certain diseases. Common causes of irregular menstruation include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Thyroid disease
  • Prolactin excess
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Stress
  • Lifestyle factors, like weight changes

A combination of hormones and ovulation control your menstrual cycle. Anovulation is a condition that occurs when your ovaries don’t release an oocyte, or mature egg. 

If your body doesn’t release an oocyte, it can’t ovulate and your menstrual cycle is interrupted. Anovulation is a leading cause of irregular menstruation and a common cause of infertility.

How is irregular menstruation treated?

Dr. Rubal is passionate about educating women about their periods and helping them find the right methods of treatment. She begins by discussing your symptoms with you and performing a physical exam, using ultrasound to assess the condition of your pelvic organs.

She takes lifestyle factors into account when developing your care plan. If your menstrual cycle is affected by psychological factors like stress, cognitive behavioral therapy or other non-drug therapy can help.

Dr. Rubal may recommend oral medication to encourage normal menstrual cycles. 

If you suffer from irregular periods, Dr. Rubal is here to help you get your cycle back on track with a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle. Call the office or request an appointment online today.


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