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Imagine a situation where your periods have just ended and within a span of just 10 days, you start bleeding again. Yes, we are talking about getting your periods twice in a month. Don’t be alarmed because this situation is quite rare.
In fact, when we asked Dr Bilsi Mittal, a gynaecologist at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, whether a woman can get her periods twice in a month, she promptly replied YES.
But, she also added that “Nowadays it is a little normal due to many factors but if it continues to happen for months altogether, then you must get yourself checked as this could be an indication of a bigger problem.”
According to Dr Mittal, there are multiple reasons that can lead to this problem and the age of the woman also has a major role to play. No points for guessing, hormones are the biggest culprits here. Here are 10 reasons why you might be getting your period twice in one month:
1. You might be pregnant
“If the woman is in her reproductive age then there are high chances that she might be bleeding because she is pregnant. Intermittent bleeding happens in pregnancy and it is quite normal”, says Dr Mittal.
2. You might have PCOS
Yes, if you are dealing with PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome then there is a chance that you might get your period twice in a month. Says Dr Mittal, “PCOS is all about hormonal imbalance and hormones have a direct implication on your periods. Not just two periods in one month but no period at all can also be a situation for some ladies. At times, when there is weight gain due to the disorder then that also affects the ovulation cycle and hence bleeding is observed.”
3. You might have polyps or fibroids issues
Dr Mittal suggests that fibroids can play a major role here. When either polyps or fibroids form along the uterus lining, then it can impact the period cycle.
4. Your thyroid is not functioning the way it should
“In some of my patients I have seen that their thyroid is not functioning properly and due to that there is a major hormonal imbalance in their body due to which they are getting two periods in a month,” says Dr Mittal.
5. You might have missed a dose of your oral contraceptive pills
Oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills are nothing but hormones according to Dr Mittal. She says, “If a woman is taking them regularly and she missed it then it that can lead to a hormonal disturbance in their body and bleeding might take place.”
6. You might have an infection down there
“Well, this bleeding might not be menstrual bleeding but if your cervix is unhealthy or you have precancerous growth down there then there are chances of bleeding”, says Dr Mittal.
7. You might be hit by a premenopause
According to our gynaecologist, this is seen with women who are above 40 and is absolutely normal. Frequent bleeding is a normal phenomenon in women attaining menopause.
8. You might be stressed out
“Majorly happens with young women nowadays. Due to their hectic work lives, their hormones go for a toss. Plus, unhealthy habits make their case worse leading to two periods in a month. But this is only normal when it happens once or twice. If it is frequent then they must go and talk to their doctor,” says Dr Mittal.
9. You might be exercising too hard
Exerting our body beyond its capacity will always have repercussions and one of them is having two periods in one month. “Vigorous exercise and crash dieting are the worst thing that you can do to your reproductive health. It should always be a gradual process and it should be balanced so that your body can adapt”, says Dr Mittal.
10. You might be travelling way too much
“In this case there are a lot of factors that are at play like weather change, eating habits, sleeping pattern, stress levels, etc. All of them disrupt your hormonal balance – hence you might end up bleeding twice in a month,” concludes Dr Mittal.