Changes in your Menstruation?

Changes in your Menstruation?

It can be unnerving and downright scary to see changes in our menstruation, and not understand what's happening.

The following list simplifies the different types of abnormal (dysfunctional) uterine bleeds for you - because as women, it's important to understand our body. And after all, knowledge is power...


The absence of menstrual periods. This condition may be further classified as:

Primary amenorrhea. Also known as delayed menarche. The lack of first menstrual period by the age of 16 years.

Secondary amenorrhea. This the absence of a menstrual bleed in women who previously menstruated.

The periods must be absent for at least three months to be considered amenorrhea. This can happen due to your hypothalamus simply stopping production of hormone required for menstruation (GnRH). This can occur in response to things like emotional stress, excessive exercise or very low caloric intake.


This is pain associated with your period.

Primary dysmenorrhea. Painful menstrual periods that are not caused by a specific underlying disease or condition. Commonly the result of inflammation from prostaglandins which contract the uterus.

Secondary dysmenorrhea. This involves painful menstrual periods caused by an underlying disease or condition. Commonly Endometriosis to Adenomyosis, cysts, fibroids or infection.


This is the medical term for excess / heavy menstrual bleeds. Identified when a woman loses 80ml+ of blood per cycle over several menstrual cycles in a row; soaks through one or more pads every hour for several hours; has long menstrual periods (lasting 7+ days); needs to wake up at night to change pads; or passes large clots frequently throughout the menses.

The causes can vary but include: oestrogen dominance, a thyroid condition, clotting disorders, uterine fibroids, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis &/or pituitary dysfunction.

Oligo-ovulation or Anovulation

Oligo-ovulation defines when we ovulate less often than we should (normal is once in your cycle, commonly around day 14 of a 28-day cycle). It is also possible though for women to not ovulate at all. This is referred to as an ‘anovulatory bleed’ or cycle.

This is a serious condition as ovulation is not only important for fertility, but ovulation is the way we make estradiol and progesterone - which play an important role in various functions of our body.

Reasons for lack of ovulation include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), thyroid imbalances, recent cessation of the oral contraceptive pill, stress, weight loss or over-exercise.

Hypomenorrhea or Hypermenorrhea

This is the term for abnormally low or abnormally high bleeding.

Hypomenorrhea refers to scant bleeding, substantially less than 30 ml per menstrual cycle. Hypermenorrhea refers to excessive bleeding, over 90 ml in a cycle of normal duration.


This refers to unusually infrequent menstruation and a scattered pattern. It's where a woman goes for longer than 35 days without bleeding. The diagnosis changes to Amenorrhea if more than 90 days pass without a period.

Some of the reasons this commonly manifests include side-effects from the use of hormonal birth control, heavy exercise, eating disorders, diabetes, thyroid issues, certain medications and perimenopause.


Polymenorrhea refers to unusually frequent menstrual periods. It generally refers to a menstrual interval of fewer than 21 days and can be linked to certain medications, bleeding disorders, sexually transmitted infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, or hormonal imbalances including thyroid, adrenal, or pituitary gland dysfunction.

Shop for Happy Hormones


If you can relate to many of these types of bleeding, don't feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, as Naturopaths, we are acutely aware of the delicate balance within the endocrine system, and how that balance affects women's health and their cycle.

And this is why our Happy Hormones formula acts on the connection between the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands (the HPA axis, the control centre of the brain) to restore a healthy endocrine imbalance; and in turn, a healthy and normal menstruation.


Take the 28 Day
Happy Weight Challenge
Find out more
Join the Conversation

Join our private community group to chat with other women and get support and feedback about the Happy Hormones program.

Join Group
★ Reviews

Our Customer Reviews

3140 reviews
Happy Hormone Products

I have been using HH, HG, HT LDetox for 11 weeks now. There has been a big difference in my energy levels most days. I have some off days. I realise it is going to take time as I have a lot of medical problems including fatty liver which is causing lots of other problems. Overall feeling much better


Happy Hormones has made my journey over the bridge to the land of menopause a fairly easy one.
Having been on the supplements while in the Peri menopause phase was a key factor.
I now take 3 capsules both morning and night and since June have not had one hot flush.
I am now back to wearing Winter pj’s to bed and happy snuggling under my doona.

If you are on the fence, well just jump right off and order done now.
Seriously it will change your life ❤️

Almost Ideal

I've just completed my first round of Happy Hormones (120 caps) and must admit I do feel calmer. I love the combination of natural ingredients and have no doubt they are of great benefit to my health. On the downside, I am disappointed that the Black Cohosh is not affecting my flushes and sweats. I deducted one star only because I feel the product and packaging needs to be improved to reduce costs for consumers, simplify dosage and reduce manufacturers environmental footprint. I hate having to take 4 pills per day and do not find the (single dose) powder to be convenient. Wondering why this company does not offer a single dose concentrated pill????

Hi Vikki, Thank you for your review. The capsules are already concentrated. The extracts of the herbal medicines are as concentrated as possible. Because we have a range of ingredients rather than just one of two ingredients as other products the amount you need to take is more. You can take the 4 capsules in 1 dose if you like. If it was a single capsule you would never be able to swallow it.

I agree with Helen from Griffin : 'It just makes me a better version of me.' I 've only been on HH for a few weeks and I have noticed a difference in everything, my body, emotions, anger, sleep. Every day is better. Can't wait to see me in a few months.

Best product ever.

This is the best product ever. I can't live without it. My kids are so grateful for this product. My mood is so balanced and I stress when I run out.