Causes of missed and irregular periods: Missed a period? The first thing to consider is pregnancy. If that is ruled out, other possible causes might be related to the use of certain birth control pills or entering menopause. One of the side effects of a low-dose birth control pill is a light or nonexistent period. So, it may be time to consult your doctor about changing your birth control pills. Also, going through menopause can cause irregular periods before they end entirely.
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Aside from those three possibilities, there are several health problems as well as lifestyle and environmental factors that can impact your periods.
If your periods have been regular but suddenly became irregular, take the issue seriously.
The abnormal absence of a period is called amenorrhea. Irregular periods can be defined as:
- Metrorrhagia– when irregular bleeding occurs between your expected periods.
- Oligomenorrhea– when menses occur at intervals of greater than 35 days.
- Polymenorrhea– when menses occur at intervals of 21 days or less.
Here are the 10 most common causes of missed and irregular periods.
1. High Stress Level
Your stress level can affect your menstrual cycle. If you’re experiencing extremely high stress, it can cause missed or irregular periods.
When your body is busy handling extreme stress, your brain shuts down the production of estrogen and other reproductive hormones needed for ovulation. This is done to prevent reproduction in a threatening environment as well as to conserve energy. As a consequence, you don’t get your period on time.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research reports that high stress levels were associated with only menstrual irregularities and not with duration, amount of flow or dysmenorrhea. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 100 female undergraduate students of a medical college.
Make sure to relax after work and make time to de-stress your mind and body. Try yoga, a hot bath or reading a book.