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Irregular periods -please help

I am 21 years old. I've had my period since i was 14. I have always had irregular periods. When i first started, I'd go several months without one. Nowadays it's typically anywhere from 35-55 days. My most recent period was only 22 days. Nothing in my daily life has really changed to affect the cycle so drastically. Causes?


I'm also in college and recently became sexually active. Having an irregular period makes it very difficult to know when I ovulate and the better/worst times to have sex to not get pregnant. Though each time he used a condom.


Of course my parents don't know but I would really like to go see a gyno and start thinking about birth control (for the irregular period sake too). Being in college I cant exactly make an appointment with my regular doctor until i visit home and obviously my parents will become suspicious if I just make a random doctor's appointment. I dont exactly want them to know im sexually active. What child does haha. Any advice???


Asked On : Mon, 8 Feb 2010
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Hi.. It is quite normal to have irregular periods during the early ages of puberty, so if you have significantly crossed your puberty ages, then the other causes for irregular periods have to be considered.. The other causes for irregular periods include polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid dysfunctions, diabetes, anaemia, malnutrition, infections and to not to miss the stress and other psychological factors.. Only an evaluation can diagnoses the exact cause..

It is definitely difficult to calculate the days on which ovulation would occur especially when your periods are irregular. Hence it you may have to use other parametes of predicting ovulation. The other means of prediction the ovulation include measuring your body temperature every day at a particular time in the morning. The ovulation is predicted on the day of rise in this body temperature. A few girls experience sharp abdominal pain on the day of ovulation.. Secretions of the vagina and cervix can also be used as a marker to detect the ovulation days.. The most effective method is by using the ovulation kit test..

Since your periods are irregular, i guess the safe period to have a sexual intercourse would be after 3 to 5 days following ovulation.. This is also would be unpredictable, hence the best is to use barrier methods such as condom, or birth pills or emergency pills too..

Yes, I would also agree an evaluation and use of medical treatment would be better.. So see a doctor to know better.. Hope I have helped in answering your queries as best as possible.. You may chat with the doctors too if you have any queries... All the best..

Answered: Mon, 8 Feb 2010
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