Periods: If they come, it’s a problem. If they don’t come, it’s a bigger problem!
On the one hand, you can’t help but be annoyed that you have to go through 5 days of being uncomfortable and changing through several bright, red-stained napkins. And, on the other, you get panicky if they’re even a day late.
Questions like “Am I pregnant?” or “Is there something wrong with me?” start running through your mind at the speed of light the moment there’s even the slightest delay in your periods!
But here’s the thing, usually there’s not much to be alarmed about. Even though 28 days is accepted as the common standard for a period cycle, that number can stretch up to 35 days or come down to 21 and still be called normal (1).
However, it’s when your periods become irregular that there arises a cause for concern.
What Are Irregular Periods?
Irregular periods are not just consistently early or consistently delayed periods. Irregular periods cover a host of irregularities in your menstrual cycle. Basically, any odd symptom that does normally take place when you’re on your periods comes under the purview of irregular periods (2).
However, if you experience sudden irregularities despite having a normal cycle, that’s when you need to look into the possible causes behind them and figure out a solution to your problem. That said, before you go about looking for a cure, you need to know whether your periods are actually irregular or not.