Is your period typically pretty regular? Can you roughly predict which day you will start your cycle each month? According to the Mayo Clinic, “The menstrual cycle, which is counted from the first day of one period to the first day of the next, isn’t the same for every woman. Menstrual flow might occur every 21 to 35 days and last two to seven days.”
If you’re used to experiencing a regular menstrual cycle, but it’s consistency has started to waiver lately, it could be for a variety of reasons. The Mayo Clinic lists six reasons you may be having menstrual cycle irregularities.
Causes of Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
1. Pregnancy or breastfeeding
2. Eating disorders, extreme weight loss or excessive exercising
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
4. Premature Ovarian Failure
5. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
6. Uterine Fibroids
Keto Diet And Your Menstrual Cycle
Have you heard of, or even tried, the keto diet? It is a diet that includes a low carb, and high-fat diet and your body produces ketones in your liver to be used as energy. This diet may lead you to a great deal of weight loss, but it may also affect your normal regular cycle. Some women report having irregular periods, while others state their monthly cycle stopped.
If your cycle stopped or has had a drastic change, you need to see a gynecologist and ensure you are not having long-term health problems as a result.
Book your appointment with Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.