10 Reasons You Missed Your Period

10 Reasons You Missed Your Period

Missed your period? There’s often more than one explanation. Read on for the most common reasons that women miss their periods or have their periods delayed. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

#1: You’re pregnant.

The most common reason for a woman to miss her period, when her periods are otherwise normal and regular is pregnancy. If you think you might be pregnant, or even if you aren’t sure, it’s best to rule this one out from the get go. Just grab an at home pregnancy test to find out for sure.

#2: Something’s stressing you.

This one is a pretty broad subject. In fact, how many of us can say that NOTHING at all is stressing us out. Yep, thought so. The fact is, stress and anxiety mess with the part of the brain that regulates our hormones. When you’re stressed, your hormones can go on the fritz, and that’s what can lead to a missed period.

#3: Your weight has changed.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve gained weight or lost it- going in either direction can mess with your period. Being overweight can affect your hormones and cause your periods to become irregular, but most women see their periods improve after a loss of weight.

Some of them were still able to get pregnant while overweight. In cases where women are too thin, the body can stop having periods altogether, known as amenorrhea. Gaining weight in this case can often bring periods back to normal.

#4: You’re sick or have been sick.

Even a short, unexpected sickness can mess with your period, but so can a longer illness. Talk to your doctor if you think that an illness might be wreaking havoc on your menstrual cycle.

#5: You travel a lot.

Just like jetlag affects your sleep patterns, excessive travel can affect your periods. It doesn’t even have to be travel, it can be any major upheaval in your regular schedule, such as going from working days to going to working nights, etc.

#6: New medications.

All medications have side effects, and they aren’t always extremely obvious. Many drugs, especially birth control medications, can have surprising effects on the menstrual cycle. Talk with your doctor if you think your medications are messing with your periods.

#7: Breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding often stops your period, and is sometimes even used as a natural form of birth control. The hormones that promote lactation are the same hormones that stop your period. If you are breastfeeding, you can be prepared to experience a break in your periods for quite awhile.

#8: You can’t count.

Well, not exactly, but miscalculation is one of the biggest reasons why women think their periods are late. Not every woman’s period comes every 28 days, and there are many different cycle lengths that are still considered “normal”. Make sure you are counting properly, your period might not be late at all.

#9: Certain medical conditions.

There are a plethora of medical conditions that need to be ruled out if you are missing your periods. There are so many things that affect the hormones and menstruation, it can be hard to narrow it down. STD’s, infections, thyroid issues, PCOS, and pituitary problems can all lead to messed up menstruals. Check with your doctor to rule out any of these causes.

#10: It’s just time to quit.

Peri-menopause is the time when a woman is shifting from regular periods to no periods at all. This can be a very tough time, with lighter periods, skipped periods, and overall weirdness. Peri-menopause and menopause hit at different times for every woman, so ask your doctor if this could be your issue.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)