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I am a 39-year-old woman. I had my first periods at age 14, and since then, I have always had a 30-day cycle. Last week, I was alarmed to know that my periods arrived a week before the expected date. This has never happened before, so I am very worried. I have heard of a 24-28 day cycle, but this is very unusual. Someone told me that I might have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Does this one-week advancement of my menses mean I have a uterine or a hormonal problem? Should I visit a gynaecologist?
This query has been answered by Dr Maya Lulla, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital
There could be several reasons why your periods may have arrived early, but I may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause. Normally, the average cycle is 28 day-long, but a shorter or a longer menstrual cycle is also quite common. The shortest one is the 21-day cycle, and the longest is the 35-day cycle. A difference of 5-7 days is not something you should worry about. Anything more than that should be a matter or concern and you should visit your gynaecologist ASAP. I would advise you keep track of your dates and see when you get your next periods. As long as they don t advance more than seven days, it shouldn t be a problem.
Causes for early periods
There could be many other reasons other than PCOS why your periods have been advanced. If you are under stress at home or work, it could cause an imbalance in your hormones. This can contribute to advancements or delays in period cycles. Emotional disturbances can also affect your hormones, causing erratic menses.
Your menstrual cycle can also get affected by other things such as birth control pills and emergency contraceptives. If you are a sexually active woman on these pills, there is a chance that they are responsible for your early periods.
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