We can help when irregular menstrual cycles and infertility are causing problems
Periods can be a pain but having them regularly is a sign that you can have a baby. If you’re having irregular periods, you’re more likely to need a little help when you want to become a mother. Thankfully, our Austin infertility specialists are experts at treating irregular menstrual cycles and infertility.
What does a normal cycle look like?
Before we start exploring irregular periods in more detail, it’s important to talk about “normal” menstrual cycles. A woman’s menstrual cycle is more than just her period. It involves all the hormonal changes that occur each month as a woman’s body prepares to release an egg from the ovary. The cycle also makes the uterine lining receptive to receive a fertilized egg (embryo).
The average menstrual cycle is around 28 days. However, because all women are different, having a menstrual cycle that’s a few days shorter or a few days longer is perfectly normal. Having a cycle that is outside of this window is a sign that you should visit one of our Austin infertility specialists.
Below are some other signs that you might need treatment for irregular menstrual cycles and infertility.
- Very heavy bleeding that requires you to change your pad or tampon every hour or two.
- Debilitating cramping and pain during your period.
- Periods that are unpredictable or not having a period at all.
If you can relate to these symptoms, we can help you find relief from irregular periods and conceive a healthy baby.
What are the treatments for irregular menstrual cycles and infertility?
Many different issues can cause irregular periods. As a result, our Austin infertility specialists will start by running some tests to determine what’s causing your irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Some of the basic tests include a physical exam, bloodwork and an ultrasound.
Once your doctor has your test results, they will explain which of the following problems is responsible for your irregular periods.
- An ovulatory condition like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Uterine fibroids
- Thyroid issues
- Certain medications
- Extremely low or high BMI
After explaining your diagnosis, your doctor will then work with you to develop a customized fertility treatment plan. Your treatment will vary based on your diagnosis. For example, PCOS often responds well to ovulation induction medications, while minimally invasive surgery can address fibroids. Sometimes, making changes to your diet and activity levels and incorporating stress management techniques can also help with irregular periods.
If you’re facing irregular periods and looking for help welcoming a baby, our team is here for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find relief today.