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Menstrual Irregularity

Menstrual Irregularity Treatment

Menstrual irregularity is one of the leading co-morbid conditions along with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and other Gynecological conditions, Infertility, Breast and Uterine cancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Osteoporosis, Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension etc.

menstrual irregularity treatmentWeight gain can trigger a lot of changes in a woman’s body and affect her menstrual cycle. Some of them are listed below –

  1. In most cases, Premenstrual Syndrome causes changes in the appetite due to food cravings especially those that are high on fat and carbohydrate. This could lead to weight gain which further on affects the menstruation.
  2. An increase in the androgen levels and a decrease in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) causes amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea i.e. irregularity or cessation of menstrual cycles and hersutism. This imbalance is closely associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
  3. Production of a form of estrogen (called estrone) by the fat cells in the body could also be one of the causes that lead to irregularities in the menstrual cycle. This imbalance usually causes heavy period flow than usual.

Studies suggest that losing 5 – 7 percent of body fat can bring about miraculous results in patients suffering from menstrual irregularities. Basically, the lesser the number of fat cells in the body, the regular the menstrual cycle will be. A well planned weight loss treatment can help patients lose excess body weight and help regularize their menstrual cycle. As the body fat decreases, the hormonal balance is restored and the menstrual cycle is normalized.

Thus, obese patients suffering from irregular menstruation are recommended to consume a well balanced, nourishing but controlled diet especially by avoiding cravings and gradual increasing physical activities in their routine. In case of morbid Obesity, the patients can undergo one or a combination of bariatric surgeries that help limit food intake and reduce body fat considerably for long term positive results.

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