Menstrual Irregularities in Children

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Overview

One of the most common complaints of adolescent girls is irregular, profuse menstruation, called dysfunction uterine bleeding (DUB).

  • The most common cause for DUB is when a woman's ovaries don't release an egg. Not ovulating causes her period to come later or earlier, and heavier than usual.
  • Young girls commonly experience DUB because their menstrual cycles have not yet settled into a pattern and ovulation isn't occurring.
  • Older adolescents may not ovulate with stress or illness.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches menstrual irregularities

The Center for Young Women's Health provides extensive and easy to access information for girls with questions about her menstrual cycle. The following guide may be helpful to her: Puberty and Your Menstrual Cycle: A Guide for Teens.

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