When we think of a skipped period, we tend to automatically think of pregnancy. And, of course, it’s true that skipping your period could be a sign of pregnancy. But it’s not the only one, which must bring on a sigh of relief for some of you who are sexually active and a lot of confusion for those who aren’t. So here are 5 reasons why you might have skipped a period.
Stress sucks and our body agrees. Stress can trigger breakouts, headaches and raise our blood pressure. And guess what else it can screw up? Your menstrual cycle! When our stress levels are severe enough, one of our hormones (GnHR) decreases, which delays our body’s ovulation and menstruation. It can take a couple of months–and a lot of relaxation–for your cycle to stop its irregularity.
2) Weight gain
Gaining a significant amount of weight can cause hormones to shift the menstrual cycle or even stop it. Weight loss can trigger the menstrual cycle to start up again even if you’re still overweight.
3) Weight loss
For those who are underweight, the body doesn’t have enough fat to induce menstruation and your periods can stop all together. This phenomenon is called amenorrhea and it is common among people who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, athletes and women who are obsessed with working out. But you can experience this even if you’ve simply started a rigorous workout regimen. Weight gain will usually prompt menstruation, but it is still a good idea to talk to a doctor about it.
4) Birth control
Hormonal birth control methods like birth control pills can cause irregular periods, especially if you stop taking them. But don’t sweat it since it’s pretty common. You can even use your birth control to delay your period intentionally, but do this at you and your doctor’s discretion.
5) Changing your schedule
New changes can put stress on your body, especially if you’re working at different hours than you were before. This throws your body and your cycle for a loop. Travel can have a similar effect. If you’re doing a bit of travelling through time zones this summer, you might get jet lag and “period lag,”
A few alternate causes of a skipped period include pelvic or ovarian problems, thyroid issues or illness. If you’re skipping your period regularly, definitely talk to your doctor to make sure that nothing is wrong with your body.
Have you freaked out after skipping a period? Are your periods super irregular? Tell us about it in the comments!