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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Irregular Menstrual Cycle
I had a period from 7/2 until 7/5 and another from 7/28 until 7/30. Then yesterday, which was 8/2,I began to spot again. What does this mean?
If you have irregular periods, it is likely that you are not regularly ovulating (making an egg). You should be evaluated for hormonal causes such as thyroid disease or increased prolactin (these are simple blood tests). If you have hair growth on your face, chest, back, or abdomen, you may have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Usually, treatment is simple and consists of taking a fertility pill to get you to ovulate. Prior to treatment, your husband should have a semen analysis, and you should consider having a dye test to see if your tubes are open.
Please see your doctor to discuss.
Daniel B Williams, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati