Every month, women get a very familiar visitor that can change their mood for at least 7 days. It’s bad enough dealing with your period once a month—the cramps, the mood swings, the ruined underwear… But twice?
According to a fertility expert, Dr. Adeleke Daramola, says women who see their period twice a month should go for medical evaluation to be sure that there are no underlying health issues that could predispose them to fertility problems.
According to him, most women who see their menses twice a month have a reduced chance of conception.
Daramola, who is the Clinical Director at Androcare Fertility Clinic, stated this during an interview with PUNCH, stressing that fibroid, cervical cancer and hormonal imbalance could make some women see their menstruations more than once in a month. He explained,
“Normally, it all depends on the woman’s cycle length. For example, if the woman has a 24-day cycle in a 30-day month, when she sees it on the 24th, that is once in a month.
“But some women have a cycle length of 18 days. In that kind of situation, they may see their periods twice in a month. However, women above 45 years old who are seeing their periods twice a month should be screened for cervical cancer.
“Seeing menses twice a month for older women could be an indication of a very severe health problem. If the woman is below 45 years, it could be a sign of fibroid or bleeding disorders. For women above 45 years, it is not a good sign.
“Such women have to have a test to check if it is hormonal imbalance or something else. They can also do a scan to check if the pelvic is okay. But the causes could be fibroid, pregnancy, cervical cancer or hormonal imbalance.”
According to online portal, Verywell Health, getting frequent periods, and even two periods in one month, is, at the very least, annoying; and it could be a sign of an underlying medical issue.
“However, it could also just be how your body functions or a stage of life you’re going through.
“Regardless, if you’re having more frequent periods than you’re used to, or you get them more frequently than most, it’s worth a conversation with your doctor to figure out why,”
the portal said.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, most women experience a 28-day menstrual cycle. ACOG said:
“This cycle lasts from the first day of menstrual bleeding to the day before bleeding begins the following month. The length of the cycle varies between individuals, but it is usually between 26 and 32 days long, with 28 days being the average.
“The most fertile time of the menstrual cycle is between days eight and 19.”
Daramola notes that it is important for a woman to really know why she is seeing her period twice a month and what needs to be done, because it could affect her fertility.
“Most women that see their period twice a month are at risk of infertility because if a woman is having intermenstrual bleeding, the blood kills the sperm and there is no way the woman will get pregnant.
“If a woman is regularly menstruating, there is no way she can calculate when she is ovulating. So, it will be difficult to get pregnant.
“And if she decides to have sex every three days, what if she had sex and blood is there? So, it actually causes infertility. Seeing menses twice a month reduces a woman’s chance of conception because of the difficulty in tracking her ovulation and the blood being harmful to the sperm cells,”
the physician warned.
Experts say that women are not able to conceive whilst on their period, but sperm survives within the female reproductive system for up to five days.
“This means that a tiny fraction of women do have a small chance of becoming pregnant from unprotected sex during their period.
“The likelihood that a woman will get pregnant one to two days after she starts bleeding is nearly zero. But the likelihood starts to increase again with each successive day, even though she’s still bleeding.
“At roughly day 13 after starting her period, her chance of pregnancy is an estimated nine percent,”
says online portal, HealthLine.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average woman has her period for nearly 40 years.
“While changes to the menstrual cycle are more common during puberty and in the years leading to menopause, they are not as common in a person’s 20s and 30s.
If a person frequently has two periods in one month, this may indicate an underlying medical condition that could benefit from treatment”,