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Irregular Cycles

Susanne Ramos, MD

OB/GYNs located in Santa Barbara, CA

Teenage years are a time of transformation, both physical and emotional. Irregular menstrual cycles can sometimes add a layer of uncertainty during this phase. Dr. Susanne Ramos is here to offer insights that blend medical expertise with a compassion, and help you uncover the underlying causes of irregular cycles, whether it's a natural adjustment or a signal for proactive care.

Irregular Menstrual Cycles Q & A

Close up photo of a young woman's torso having menstrual cramps

What are irregular menstrual cycles, and how do they affect teenage girls' health?

Irregular menstrual cycles refer to variations in the timing and flow of periods. For teenage girls, irregular cycles can impact their physical and emotional well-being, raising concerns about reproductive health.

Are irregular menstrual cycles common among teenagers, and what factors contribute to them?

Yes, irregular cycles are relatively common during adolescence as the body adjusts to hormonal changes. Factors like growth spurts, stress, weight changes, and underlying health conditions can contribute to irregularities.

Can irregular cycles indicate underlying health issues for teenagers?

Yes, irregular cycles could signal underlying health concerns such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hormonal imbalances. If irregularities persist or are accompanied by severe symptoms, seeking medical attention is recommended.

Is it important for teenagers with irregular cycles to seek medical advice?

While irregular cycles are often a part of puberty, persistent irregularities or concerning symptoms should prompt a visit to a healthcare provider for proper assessment and guidance.

Navigating irregular menstrual cycles is a common part of teenage health. By understanding the causes, seeking guidance, and adopting healthy habits, teenagers can manage irregularities and maintain their overall well-being.

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