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We often hear the words "irregular periods" and assume that, if the term refers to our cycle, that there is something wrong or that we are the only person who doesn't follow the regular, 28 day cycle. In fact, irregular periods are pretty common. About one in every three women will have irregular periods at some point during their reproductive years. So what does that mean?
What is a Regular Period?
Medical professionals use a 28 day cycle to signify a "regular" period. The first day of your period is considered to be Day 1 of your cycle. Somewhere around the 14 th day, you will ovulate, which means your egg drops from the ovary, ready to be fertilized. If this doesn't happen, two weeks later, your uterus will shed the egg and the thickened lining of the uterus, or menstruation will occur and last from 4 to 7 days. Your body continues to go through this cycle, each month preparing for you to get pregnant and, if you do not, starting the cycle over again.
What is an...
Sleep-wake syndrome - irregular
Signs and tests
People with irregular sleep-wake syndrome may have insomnia , excessive sleepiness, or both. Patients usually have at least three abnormal sleep episodes during a 24-hour period, but their total amount of sleep time is normal for their age.
If the diagnosis is not clear, your health care provider may prescribe a device called an "actigraph" for you to wear. This looks like a wristwatch, and can tell when you are sleeping or awake.
Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding
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