A period once a month is bad enough but there is such a thing as getting it twice in one month.

There isn't anything abnormal about getting your period twice in one month, but you form the unlucky group who suffer from irregular bleeding. Irregular bleeding all depends on ones age, medical history and family history. According to recent studies 40 to 60 percent of women will experience some sort of irregular periods throughout their lifetime.

So here is why you are perhaps getting two periods in one month..


You forgot to take your pill - Anytime you miss or forget to take your pill you may experience irregular bleeding. You bleed because your body all of a sudden has an abrupt withdrawal of hormones, but this is not an emergency and your cycle will soon get back on track.


You might have a bun in the oven - Yes pregnancy often means missed periods, but it also sometimes means spotting. Spotting during pregnancy is extremely common and can occur for a number of reasons. These reasons being heavy exercise or sex or polyps inside the uterus or cervix. This could also be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy, which occurs when the fertilised egg implants outside of the uterus.


You have uterine polyps or fibroids - These are benign lesions or tumours that can grow in the uterus and are often linked to hormonal issues. If polyps are touched during sex this will cause irregular bleeding where as fibroids can cause back pain, abdominal bloating and pain during intercourse which could follow with spontaneous bleeding.


You have an infection - Inflammation or infections in the cervix will cause irregular bleeding. These infections can usually be resolved quickly with the help of a course of antibiotics.


You suffer from PCOS - Also known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a hormone imbalance that only affects between 8-20 percent of women. It is a result of less frequent ovulation or the lack of ovulation which will lead to a hormonal imbalance. PCOS causes irregular periods and often some women even experience skipped periods. If you think there's a chance you are suffering from PCOS, we advise you to book an appointment with your GP or gynaecologist.


You're seriously stressed out - High levels of stress can either cause for a lack of your period or can result in a more frequent period. Hormones which trigger your period as well as stress are both located in your brain, which can often mean these hormones get confused and misfire especially if you are swamped with work or not getting enough sleep.


If you are picking up on having irregular bleeding a little too often, we suggest you see your gynaecologist for a check up as this could be an indication of a health concern.