Is it dangerous to have irregular periods?

In general, it is not dangerous to have irregular periods. Having irregular periods can be quite normal at the beginning and end of a woman’s reproductive life, for example, when she starts having periods or as she approaches menopause. However, irregular periods can be a sign of hormonal imbalances or abnormalities with a woman’s reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries). Irregular periods that are also very heavy can lead to problems with a low blood count, or anemia. If a woman has a concern about irregular periods, it is best to see a doctor as there are many different reasons for irregular periods.
It is important that you have a period at least every three to four months (while you are not trying to become pregnant) to avoid the possibility of developing a thickened lining of your uterus, which can be a risk for developing uterine cancer. Your gynecologist or a reproductive endocrinologist can prescribe either a birth control pill or progesterone medication to establish regular periods while you are not seeking pregnancy.

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