Many things can cause irregular or abnormal periods.

Irregular periods can be concerning, and most women experience them at some point or another. Although irregular periods can be caused by medical problems, most of the time simple things, like stress or diet, are the culprit. In our last blog, our OBGYN in Venice went over a few of the most common reasons women get irregular periods. Keep reading to learn more:

#4. Birth Control

If you have recently started taking a new birth control pill (or ring, patch, etc.), you are likely to experience changes in your period, at least for the first few months. Your body will need several months to adjust to the hormones that come from your birth control, and you may experience abnormal periods until it adjusts.

#5. Too Much Alcohol

Not many women realize it, but the liver actually plays an important role in regulating menstrual cycles. If you drink excessively for too long, it can lead to liver damage, which can interfere with your menstrual cycle.

#6. Medications

Many medications, both over-the-counter and prescription, can interfere with your body’s production of progesterone and estrogen. If you have been taking medication to treat a recent illness, you may notice irregularities in your period.

#7. Pregnancy

For many women, their periods will stop altogether during pregnancy, but you should know that this isn’t always the case. Some women simply experience lighter, more infrequent periods when they are pregnant.

If you are experiencing irregular periods and you are unsure about what is causing them, it’s always a good idea to turn to your doctor. Most of the time, there is a simple explanation for an irregular period, but it could also be a sign of many health issues, like polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis.