A typical menstrual cycle is between 24 and 34 days long. However, some women have an even shorter cycle which can cause two periods in one month, according to the New York Times. While a short menstrual cycle can be completely normal for an individual woman, bleeding twice in one month can also be a signal of an underlying disorder; visiting the doctor to discuss any abnormal bleeding is advised.Continue Reading
Bleeding disorders, hormone disorders and uterine fibroids or polyps can all lead to excessive and irregular periods, according to the New York Times. While most conditions that lead to excessive bleeding are treatable, seeking treatment early is key to preventing complications. Women should take note of periods that are irregular and keep a record to share with a doctor to help determine the cause of irregular bleeding. Information the doctor might need includes the length of the periods and any additional occurrences such as clotting, heavy cramping or heavy bleeding.
When a girl first begins menstruating, she can also have irregular periods that can include two in one month and then skipping a month or two, according to TeensHealth. This can be completely normal as hormones adjust to menstruation. However, if the girl is sexually active, abnormal menstruation can also indicate the presence of sexually transmitted diseases.Learn more about Menstruation
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen, ketoprofen and ibuprofen help to slow heavy menstrual bleeding, according to Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D. To achieve this effect, take one of these drugs one to two days prior to the start of the menstrual period, and continue taking it throughout the heaviest days of the cycle.Full Answer >
Black period blood is usually just a sign that old blood is leaving the uterus toward the end of a woman's menstrual cycle, according to WebMD. It is likely not a cause for concern but can indicate in some cases that a woman has an enlarged uterus or menstrual obstruction.Full Answer >
According to the Plan B website, most women get their next period on time or earlier than expected after taking Plan B. Taking Plan B multiple times during a cycle can cause menstrual changes, including delaying your period.Full Answer >
A period that is always late may indicate a longer than usual menstrual cycle, according to Everyday Health. While most women's menstrual cycle is 28 days, up to seven days plus or minus this is considered to be normal. If the cycle is longer than this, reasons for a late period can include emotional or physical stress, dieting, birth control pill use or a variety of underlying health problems.Full Answer >