Oligomenorrhea or scanty menses is defined as when you do not get your period for 35 days or more or when you have only 4 to 9 periods in a year.
The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, and anything from 25 to 35 days is considered normal. So do not panic if you miss a single period (of course in absence of pregnancy; birth control or menopause) in a year; but if you regularly go 35 days or more between periods; you should visit your gynecologist.
Oligomenorrhea occurs in about 13 to 14 % of the general population. This number increases to 20% when women have existing fertility problems.
Dr. Dimple Doshi at Vardaan Hospital; believes prevention is better than cure, and thus apart from the precise treatment guidelines; preventive measures are an essential part of our consultations with the patients who have either had it or want to know more about it.
Oligomenorrhea in itself not a disease; but it may be the result of some medicines or underlying health problems like:
Your gynaecologist will diagnose oligomenorrhea based on:
The treatment of oligomenorrhea may be done to treat the underlying cause.
In most of the cases; dietary modifications; lifestyle changes and weight reduction help.
As mentioned before; oligomenorrhea itself is not a problem but it is the problem born by other conditions which if not controlled can lead to various health problems like obesity; osteoporosis; cardiovascular diseases; infertility or endometrial thickening .
So to keep your reproductive health in good shape; please speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your monthly periods.