Women have a love-hate relationship with their period. They hate it when they get it, but become sick with worry when they don’t.
Most of us have experienced a case of delayed period at least once in our lifetime. And the first thing that comes to mind when you’re slightly late is, ‘What if I’m pregnant?’
Before jumping to the pregnancy conclusion, it’s important to know your cycle can go MIA for a number of different reasons.
Missed period could be a signal towards an underlying health condition which is why you shouldn’t ignore it. Instead, contact your ob-gyn immediately to figure out which one of these factors is causing a delay in your period.
Too Much Exercise or Weight Loss
Losing too much weight, exercising excessively or going on an extreme diet can throw your hormones out of whack.
This is especially true for a hormone called leptin. This hormone is produced in fatty tissues and controls the regularity of your period.
When someone loses a significant amount of weight or drops body fat below recommended levels, production of this hormone comes to a stop, causing a delay in your period.
Stress, whether from work, loss of a loved one or divorce, can become a leading factor behind hormonal imbalance, eventually leading to an irregularity in menstrual cycle.
Alyssa Dweck, M.D. calls this hypothalamic amenorrhea since stress directly impacts a part of the brain called hypothalamus which regulates your period-related hormones.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a medical condition that affects up to 10 per cent of women by creating a hormonal imbalance in their reproductive system.
According to Office on Women’s Health, PCOS causes irregularity in periods, cysts on ovaries and hair growth in places where you wouldn’t see normally see. Women suffering from this condition can get their period every couple of weeks to every six months. Sometimes, even once a year.
Using contraceptive methods like birth control pills, hormonal IUDs, implants and shots can kill your period or lessen its intensity, which is often seen as a welcome sign.
Even after going off the pill, it can take your hormones a few months to return to normal levels. So, don’t freak out if you don’t get your period immediately. Although, pay close attention to your menstrual cycle once it does return to catch any abnormalities.
Our thyroid gland interacts with a number of systems in our body including the metabolism and even hormone regulation.
Whether you’re suffering from hypo or hyperthyroidism, you’re bound to see some irregularity in your periods due to hormonal imbalance.