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Why Did I Miss My Period?

By Heather MacGibbon Subscribe to RSS | January 16th 2012 | Views:

So your late…Don’t Panic Yet! There are several reasons women miss their periods from time to time. Of course, if you are sexually active you will want and need to run a pregnancy test. But pregnancy is not the only reason for missed periods. While this is not a comprehensive list – it will give you a place to start.

Changes in Body Weight! Losing or gaining weight can effect you menstrual cycle. It does not matter if you are on the heavy side or the skinny side. Having a body weight on either extreme can make you have irregular periods or stop having periods all together. While some women might welcome extended time without menstruating it is important to have your period at least 4 times years in order to maintain a healthy uterus. If you are not missing your period but not pregnant it is important to check in with your GYN to figure out why and restart your cycle.

Increases in Exercise: So you are doing long distance running of other endurance training. That’s great for your health over all – but not always so good for you menstrual cycle. Extended physical training can not only cause reduced body fat – a great thing – but can make it so low that your body may decide not to put energy into you menstrual cycle. Again this is not too serious as long as you get our period. Again – you should consult with your gyn and make sure that this is the cause and that you will not have other health issues from not getting your period for extended times.

Non-gynecological illnesses: Sudden illness or injury can jump start your period but it can also stop it. When you are having physical trauma - like chronic illness or injury – your body may shut down what it considers “less essential” bodily functions like you menstrual cycle to attempt to preserve energy for fighting illness and healing. When you become healthy your period should return. Talking to your treating physician and you gyn is really important. Let them know that you are not having a regular period and that it worries you. They can discuss whether that is normal given your specific situation and what to do to regulate your cycle.

Other illnesses that affect the endocrine system can also effect your periods. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) causes relatively high and continuous level of hormones. Because your body dies not have the regular drop in levels you period may not come down. Thyroid problems like overactive (hyperthyroidism) or under active (hypothyroidism) can also disrupt your periods. Non-cancerous (benign) tumors in the pituitary gland can also interfere with the hormonal regulation. Any of these conditions can be tested for and diagnosed by your medical professionals . Blood work and imaging tests may be required to diagnose these conditions – however once they are diagnosed and you are treated you will feel better and your period will likely return to normal.

Changes in Emotion or Stress : Your emotions and stress level can cause your period to be irregular or stop. Depression, anxiety (even anxiety about missing your period!) or high levels of stress for extended period of time can cause imbalances in hormones which effect your cycle. Also some medications for depression and anxiety can disrupt your menstruation. Of course, discuss this with your doctor and make sure you are not pregnant – but reducing stress in your life, relaxing and taking time out for yourself can help you feel better emotionally, physically and restart your cycle.

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