Period problems, Fertility and BUMP®

Period problems and irregular, painful heavy periods can make getting pregnant more challenging, but they don't always mean your chances of falling pregnant naturally are over. Identification of the cause of your irregular, painful, heavy, periods is important. Women's health conditions such as Endometriosis, Fibroids, Cysts, PCOS and Thyroid imbalance all contribute to irregular, painful and heavy periods, and these all affect your fertility and make conception difficult even with IVF.

Another possible cause of irregular periods is being overweight or underweight as an unhealthy body weight can disrupt your menstrual cycles. Both being either overweight, and underweight, can also cause anovulation or irregular ovulation patterns.  Extreme exercise and extreme dieting are also causes of irregular cycles.

What Are Irregular Periods?

An irregular period is a menstrual cycle that is:

  • Either shorter than 21 days
  • Longer than 36 days.
  • Vary significantly from month to month

It's considered normal for women to experience irregular menstrual cycles occasionally.

Getting Pregnant With Irregular Periods

Period problems are something every woman can live without yet; pain, heavy bleeding, and irregularities are something that women have to learn to live with. The upside, is your period problems are a crucial bio-marker to your fertility potential

Painful periods (Dysmenorrhoea) can be dull, aching or cramping abdominal pain often extending to the lower back and upper thighs. In more severe cases, symptoms may also include headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.  These are often associated with Endometriosis or Fibroids.

Lack of periods: (Amenorrhoea) The cause of anenorrhoea is often associated with other underlying health conditions such as pituitary imbalance, thyroid imbalance, stress, and most commonly Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome - all major contributors to lowered fertility potential.

Heavy periods: (Menorrhagia) excessive/prolonged menstrual bleeding. The causes of menorrhagia are often associated with other underlying health conditions such as thyroid imbalance, fibroids, cysts or endometriosis.

All of these symptoms are associated with excessive oestrogen. Excessive oestrogen exposure throughout your menstrual cycle is thought to be a primary cause of menstrual irregularities. Oestrogen is a strong hormone. It lowers your metabolism by suppressing thyroid function and by storing blood sugar as fat.

There is usually also an underlying medical condition such as Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOS), Fibroids, Endometriosis and Thyroid Imbalance that needs addressing. While it's sometimes possible to get pregnant on your own with irregular cycles, you should not ignore these symptoms and it is important to get checked out to confirm nothing serious is going on.

If you are suffering from period problems and wish to improve your fertility or improve IVF outcomes, the solution may be our BUMP® IVF preparation program.

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