I haven’t had sex or really fooled around with anyone at all. But recently, I missed my last two periods. My period has been irregular since it started. There is no possible way I can be pregnant, so why am I getting it at different times or not getting it at all? How can I make my period more regular?
An irregular menstrual cycle can be super annoying – but the good news is is that it’s usually not a big deal. There are actually a lot of reasons your period might be late or irregular, and it happens to women all the time, so don’t feel like you’re the only one.
When did you get your first period? If you got it recently, it’s totally normal for your cycle to be a little out of whack. It can take a few months or longer for your period to start showing up on a regular basis each month. If you don’t think that’s the case, there are a few other simple explanations. Stress can delay your period for months at a time, so if you’re worried about school or a crush or stuff with your family, you could be unknowingly putting off your menstrual cycle. And if you’re stressing about your period being late, that’s probably making things even worse. It’s sort of a viscious cycle.
Another reason could be your weight. If you’ve gained or lost a lot of weight recently, you could have put your cycle off balance. And if you’re exercising a lot, that could be another reason you’ve missed it. Another thing to look out for is any new medication you might have just started taking – if that sounds like it could be happening, talk to your doctor about it. Illness can be another reason you miss your period or are late. Whew. See how many things can mess up all that stuff going on down there?!
Some more complicated issues could be a thyroid issue, uterine scarring or a hormonal imbalance. But try not to worry about that – more than likely it’s one of the reasons I talked about above. The fact is, some people just have really irregular menstrual cycles – personally, the reason I went on birth control pills in the first place was to make my period more regular. Before I went on the pill, I skipped months all the time and it was really frustrating.
In the end, I can’t tell you exactly what’s going on with your body, only your doctor can. I would suggest seeing a gynecologist and talking to them about the issue. They can let you know if something more serious is going on or if you need to take pills to regulate your period.
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