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Here's Why Some Women Get Their Period Twice a Month

Posted on February 26, 2024

Most women's menstrual cycles last between 24 and 38 days, from the first day of bleeding in one cycle to the first day of the next period. Now, the average cycle length is 28 days, but there are always normal variations within cycle lengths. Still,when women get their period twice a month, that usually isn't "normal."

Medically referred to as polymenorrhea, having a period twice within 30 days could indicate an underlying condition. For some women, it could be a sign of uterine fibroids; for others, it could be anything from stress to approaching menopause. So, to help you gain clarity, let's explore this issue in depth.

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Period Twice a Month with Fibroids

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus. These tumors can cause symptoms that disrupt or affect women's monthly cycles. As such, if getting a period twice a month is accompanied by symptoms such as pelvic pain, heavy bleeding or pain with sex, uterine fibroids could be to blame.

Endometriosis and Changes to Your Cycle

Endometriosis, a condition in which uterine tissue migrates to other parts of the body, can cause changes to your menstrual cycle. One such symptom could be bleeding between menstrual periods, making it seem as though you're menstruating twice a month. Unlike fibroids, diagnosing endometriosis typically involves undergoing a minor surgical procedure. So, if you suspect endometriosis is to blame for your shortened cycle, be sure to speak to your doctor about every other symptom you're experiencing.

Pre-Menopausal Period Twice a Month

In the months or years before you enter menopause, your cycle will change a lot. Some months, you may skip your period entirely; other months, your cycle may shorten enough to have two periods in 30 days. As such, if you're approaching the age of menopause, perimenopause could explain why your cycle is changing.

Rising or Falling Hormone Levels

If you have fluctuating hormone levels, due to weight gain or loss, or due to a thyroid condition, he length of your cycle could be impacted. So, if you're getting a period twice a month, balancing your hormones could help restore your normal cycle length.

The Impact of Stress

Both ongoing stress and changes to the sleep cycle can impact the menstrual cycle as well. So, during times of pressure, you may get your period twice a month. But your cycle should reset if you can manage your stress and return to a more manageable routine.

Clearly, many factors can impact a woman's cycle. And you know your body better than anyone else. So, if you think that the more frequent arrival of your period is a sign of an underlying condition like fibroids?Reach out to our Georgia area fibroid specialists and request an appointment. When you come in, we'll review all your symptoms and discuss fibroid treatment options.

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