Skipping a period

Missed A Period? Here Might Be Some Reasons Why

Missed A Period? Here Might Be Some Reasons Why
Skipping a period

Missed A Period? Here Might Be Some Reasons Why

 

The moment you realise your period is late, ‘am I pregnant’ is the first question that comes to mind. But pregnancy might not always be the reason for a missed or delayed period. Take a pregnancy test to rule out the possibility. If the result is negative, here are some reasons that might be causing your menstrual cycle to be delayed.

1.        Stress

From taking care of your kids and husband, to going out to work, there are a lot of responsibilities on your shoulders. Sometimes, the stress from it all takes a toll on your body. This changes the levels of gonadotropin-releasing hormone which might delay ovulation and therefore, your period.

If you’re feeling anxious and are in a stressful situation, talk to your doctor and figure out solutions to tackle the stress. Once you’re feeling better, your menstrual cycle might take a month or two to get back to normal.

 

2.       Illness

Thyroid diseases, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, diabetes and similar problems might cause your menstrual cycle to become irregular. Your cycle may not return to normal until these conditions are treated. Severe illnesses like pneumonia, kidney failure and more might cause major changes in your body, including hormonal imbalance causing your cycle to be delayed. It may take a couple of months for your cycle to go back to normal after recovering from major illnesses.

 

3.       Medication

If you’re on antidepressants, thyroid medication, chemotherapy meds or other medication for severe illnesses, your menstrual cycle might get affected. If you’re going off birth control after a long time, it might take up to 6 months for your cycle to become regular again.

 

4.      Weight gain/loss

Being overweight or underweight can both affect your menstrual cycle drastically. High BMI and obesity is known to affect your menstrual cycle, causing you to miss your period often. Similarly, being underweight also affects your cycle since your body lacks nutrients to produce the required hormones. Trying to maintain a balanced BMI can help you get your period back on track.

5.       Schedule change

Moved to a new house? Switched jobs? Travelling abroad? A change in your schedule can also throw your menstrual cycle off making your period a little unpredictable. A change in the schedule may not necessarily make you miss your period but your cycle might get delayed.

6.      Menopause

Menopause is a tough time with many hormonal changes simultaneously taking place in the body. After the age of 50, most women stop ovulating which results in their menstrual cycle coming to an end. Irregularities in the menstrual cycle are considered normal during the premenopause stage.

 

7.       Breastfeeding

Once your little one is born, your cycle might take some time to resume. So if your menstrual cycle doesn’t start right after, there’s no need to worry. It might take a few months after delivery for your cycle to come back to normal.

 

Apart from the above reasons, excessive exercise, fibroids and eating disorders might also cause your menstrual cycle to fluctuate. If you’ve already taken a pregnancy test and it is negative, make sure you take another one in a few days just to be sure. If you’re facing anxiety because of delayed periods, make sure to visit your doctor for a solution. In most cases, medicine can help get your cycle regularised and keep you worry-free.

 

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