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Early Period: 5 Reasons Why Your Period May Start Earlier Than Expected

My period came earlier than usual

Early period: why does it occur? This is an issue, bothering women regardless of age. If you have already reached your childbearing age, your menstrual cycle has established and you know its duration. When period starts earlier than usual, women always notice that and wonder what might be the cause. Since female organism is a very delicate system, its normal functioning can be interrupted even by insignificant (at first sight) events. Let’s see what stands behind a period that starts earlier than usual.

Early Period: Where Is the Root Of the Problem?

Woman’s menstrual cycle is coordinated at different levels. It’s controlled by brain cortex, hypothalamus (a brain portion, responsible for the work of the whole endocrine system), pituitary (the main endocrine gland), ovaries and womb. If any component of this system is affected, period may start earlier than usual.

Another frequent scenario is when some other physiological process is taken for the onset of menstruation. This is true for implantation bleeding – bloody discharge, occurring approximately a week prior to the expected period in some women. Implantation is the process of embedment of the fertilized egg into the uterine wall (the very beginning of pregnancy). This phenomenon is experienced and noticed not by all women, but it is often taken for the beginning of period.

Why Does Period Start Early?

  1. Hormonal disorders. They are especially frequent during puberty and menopause. In women of childbearing age hormonal disorders may develop as a result of an underlying disease, such as endometriosis.
  2. Stresses, physical and nervous overstrain. These triggers, if they are intense, disrupt the normal work of the central nervous system that regulates occurrence of cramps and dilation of blood vessels as well as contractile activity of the uterine muscles. As a result, premature separation of endometrium occurs, causing period earlier than expected.
  3. Strict diets. They also cause stress for your organism. Lack of nutrition tells on how you feel and how your organism functions. Ferments and hormones are synthesized from the substances, entering your organism with food. If they are poor in vitamins, minerals and other indispensable elements, blood clotting mechanism suffers.
  4. Inflammatory processes. They impair blood circulation in the womb area, causing menstruation to start earlier. It can be more painful due to inflammation. Besides, unprotected sex with a new partner may result in getting a sexually transmitted infection. This situation requires urgent medical consultation and examination.
  5. Sharp change of climate or residence. Such changes may cause disorders of the autonomic nervous system that innervates inner organs (including the uterus and blood vessels), which can tell on your menstrual cycle.

Early Period After Giving Birth

Restart of menstrual function after delivery is associated with breastfeeding. To provide active production of hormone prolactin, preventing menstruation, a woman is supposed to breastfeed her baby any time of day and night: the oftener, the better. As long as this condition is fulfilled, periods don’t occur. If menstruation restarts 6-7 weeks after giving birth, it’s considered early. However, this is not a pathology. It happens if a woman doesn’t breastfeed her baby due to some reasons. Alternatively she provides her baby with combined nutrition. In this case the 1st menstruation reoccurs 2-3 months after giving birth.

Many women believe that discharge after childbirth is period. That’s not true. Bloody discharge from the womb after childbirth is called lochia. When placenta separates from the uterine walls, a bleeding wound remains. This bleeding lasts for a few weeks after childbirth. During the first days after delivery lochia is bright red and quite abundant, with or without clots. Later it becomes brownish and less profuse, completely disappearing by the end of the 6th week.

Early period needs your attention. Calm down and think what might have caused your condition. If these are stresses, unhealthy eating and overstrain, you must introduce proper changes into your life style. If the situation repeats the next month, you should consult a gynecologist. When you suspect an inflammatory process or hormonal disorders, timely medical consultation and treatment are crucial, as they can prevent unnecessary complications of your condition.