Polymenorrhea simply means 'frequent menstruation'. Women who polymenorrhea have, menstruate a lot, long-term and also have a short cycle. Read more information about polymenorrhea here and whether you can actually get pregnant if you suffer from this.
Polymenorrhea and becoming pregnant
Women who have polymenorrhoea, menstruate a lot, long-term and often. In most cases it is caused by hormonal changes in the body. Due to these hormonal changes, the ovaries start to work harder.
Polymenorrhea occurs in particular:
- in young girls who have not yet started menstruating for a long time,
- in women in menopause and
- sometimes also in women who have just given birth and where menstruation still has to start.
In these women a treatment is not really necessary and is therefore waiting for the menstrual cycle to recover itself and the ovaries will work less hard.
In very rare cases it occurs in women who are not or very young, are in menopause or just have a pregnancy behind them. In general it is possible to become pregnant if you have polymenorrhoea, provided your cycle can get going well and you have ovulation. So keep an eye on your cycle. Your ovulation takes place 14 days before the first day of your next menstruation. If your cycle is 24 days, you can just get pregnant.
Dealing with polymenorrhea in a child's wish
In general, polymenorrhea is not common in women who want to start children, but more often in young girls or women in transition.
But if you have a short cycle and many, often and long-term menstruation then that may be a sign that you suffer from this condition. If you want to have a child, it is important that you keep an eye on your cycle.
Make a note of the day on which your period will start, how long your period will be and the next day that you will be deprived again. The first day of your period is the day your bleeding is so bad that you have to use tampons or sanitary napkins. The days from the first menstruation to the first day of your next menstruation are the number of days of your cycle. When this is about 24 days, you can just get pregnant. Is your cycle 21 days or shorter, then it is wise to contact the doctor.
Personal history and research
Through your personal history and a physical examination such as curettage, biopsy or ultrasound, you can see if you have polymenorrhoea and what the cause is. Causes of polymenorrhea can be:
- Disease of the ovaries.
- Chronic pelvic inflammation (can be caused by a sexually transmitted disease).
- Serious injuries or after a heavy operation.
Some causes of the disease can be treated by surgery (removing fibroids) or a cyclic hormone treatment with estrogen and progesterone.
A too short cycle and becoming pregnant
A characteristic of polymenorrhea is that the menstrual cycle is short. So it is very important to keep track of your cycle. If your cycle is 24 days, then you have a short cycle, but you can still get pregnant. However, if your cycle is shorter than 21 days, it is more difficult to get pregnant. Your eggs need a certain time to ripen. This is almost impossible if your cycle is very short. In this case, contact your doctor.