Irregular periods, including missed or abnormally heavy periods, may be a warning sign of an underlying health problem. Board-certified OB/GYN Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, diagnoses and treats women with irregular periods at two locations in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn and Harrison, New York. If you have irregular periods, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online today.
An average menstrual period lasts 4-7 days and occurs about every 28 days. However, menstrual cycles that fall in the range of 21-35 days are considered normal. Examples of irregular periods include:
Additionally, periods that occur along with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or severe pelvic pain and cramping is abnormal. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Niznikiewicz if you experience any of these signs or symptoms.
Many factors can disrupt your menstrual cycle, ranging from lifestyle changes to gynecological problems. Common causes of irregular periods include:
Less often, irregular periods may be a sign of uterine or cervical cancer. Dr. Niznikiewicz accurately diagnoses the cause of your irregular periods and recommends the most effective treatment.
First, Dr. Niznikiewicz performs a physical exam and carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. It’s helpful to keep track of your periods, including any symptoms like spotting or pain, in a notebook or app on your phone so you can share this information with Dr. Niznikiewicz.
He may perform various tests to diagnose the cause of your irregular periods, including:
Then, Dr. Niznikiewicz discusses the best treatment options for your specific condition. Depending on the underlying cause of your irregular periods, treatment may include:
Gynecological conditions like endometriosis or uterine fibroids may require advanced procedures, including surgery, if your irregular periods continue after attempts at nonsurgical treatment.
If you have missed, frequent, or heavy periods, call the office of Stanley Niznikiewicz, MD, FACOG, or book an appointment online today.