Here are 10 reasons why you are getting your period twice in a month
By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 20, 2023
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where your period has just ended, only for it to start again within a mere 10 days? While this may seem alarming, rest assured that it is quite rare. I spoke with Dr. Bilsi Mittal, a renowned gynecologist at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai, who confirmed that, yes, it is possible for a woman to have two periods in one month. However, if this continues to occur for months on end, it is advisable to seek medical attention, as it could be an indication of an underlying problem.
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According to Dr. Mittal, there are several factors that can contribute to this issue, with the woman’s age playing a significant role. Unsurprisingly, hormones are often the main culprits. Let’s take a look at 10 possible reasons why you might be experiencing two periods in one month.
“If a woman is in her reproductive age, there is a high chance that bleeding may occur due to pregnancy. Intermittent bleeding is quite normal during pregnancy,” explains Dr. Mittal.
2. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
If you are dealing with PCOS, there is a possibility of having two periods in one month. Dr. Mittal states, “PCOS is characterized by hormonal imbalance, and hormones have a direct impact on your menstrual cycle. Some individuals with PCOS may experience irregular bleeding, while others may even skip periods. Additionally, weight gain associated with PCOS can disrupt the ovulation cycle, leading to bleeding.”
3. Polyps or Fibroids
Fibroids can significantly influence your menstrual cycle. Dr. Mittal suggests that when polyps or fibroids form along the lining of the uterus, they can affect your period.
4. Thyroid Dysfunction
“In some cases, I have observed that improper thyroid function can cause a major hormonal imbalance in the body, resulting in two periods in one month,” notes Dr. Mittal.
5. Missed Dose of Oral Contraceptive Pills
Oral contraceptive pills contain hormones, and missing a dose can disrupt the hormonal balance in your body, leading to bleeding. Dr. Mittal advises, “If a woman regularly takes oral contraceptive pills and misses a dose, she may experience this hormonal disturbance.”
“While this bleeding may not be menstrual bleeding, if your cervix is unhealthy or you have precancerous growth, there is a possibility of bleeding,” states Dr. Mittal.
Frequent bleeding is a normal occurrence for women over the age of 40 who are entering menopause. Dr. Mittal reassures us that this is a natural phenomenon.
Dr. Mittal notes that this mainly affects young women in today’s hectic work environment. Excessive stress and unhealthy habits can disrupt hormone levels, leading to two periods in one month. However, if this happens frequently, it is advisable to consult with a doctor.
9. Excessive Exercise
Pushing your body beyond its limits can have consequences, including experiencing two periods in one month. Dr. Mittal advises, “Vigorous exercise and crash dieting are the worst things you can do to your reproductive health. Gradual and balanced exercise routines allow your body to adapt.”
10. Excessive Traveling
“When excessive travel is involved, various factors such as changes in weather, eating habits, sleep patterns, and stress levels come into play. All these disturbances can disrupt your hormonal balance, leading to bleeding twice in a month,” concludes Dr. Mittal.
Remember, if you are experiencing two periods in one month, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional to identify the underlying cause. Understanding the reasons behind irregularities in your menstrual cycle can help you take appropriate measures to ensure your reproductive health.