Most of us complain about our periods. We complain that they always seem to come at the absolute worst time. We gripe that they make our skin go craaaaazy and that they also make our moods go off of the charts. You’ve probably said a silent prayer at least once that your period would stop so you wouldn’t have to deal with the aches, weird pains, and food cravings. And then, a month comes along when you’re late, or your period just never seems to come at all, and suddenly, it doesn’t feel like the best thing in the world – it feels like the absolute worst. WTF is going on? Are you pregnant? Is something wrong with you? Wondering why your period stopped out of nowhere is low key terrifying.
The first thing that everyone thinks of when their period stops is that they might be pregnant. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t had sex in ages or that you’re a virgin, it’s always the first concern. If you’re doing the deed, pregnancy could be the cause, even if you thought you were being super careful with protection. However, pregnancy isn’t the only thing that can halt your cycle. Far from it. The body is an interesting and sometimes downright confusing thing, and there are some surprising things that can affect your period. Check out eight things that can cause your period to stop.
Rigorous ExerciseIf you're a couch potato, you aren't as likely to get missed periods as you are if you're a marathon runner. Those who do rigorous exercise can make their periods go out of whack. It's because you're putting more stress on your bod which could put it in panic mode, according to Health.com. Does that mean you should stop exercising? Nah. Image source: iStock
TravelWhen you're traveling, the last thing on your mind is probably your period. After you're back at home, you might notice something is amiss, but you might not make the connection to traveling. After all, it's not like you're traveling all the time, right? My Pregnancy Baby points out that even though traveling is temporary, it can still throw your body off. Just think about jetlag. Image source: iStock
MedicinesYou're probably familiar with the way birth control pills affect your period, but other medications that aren't meant to control your period can actually make it go off of your regular cycle. If you're on a new medication and you notice changes in your period, speak to your doctor about it. Image source: iStock
StressWhen it comes to stress, we should really be asking ourselves what doesn't stress affect. If you literally feel like you're being suffocated by all of the commitments, deadlines, due dates, and everything else in your life, that stress can actually affect your body. The result? No periods. Oh, and stressing about your missed period isn't going to help things. Image source: iStock
Losing WeightA low body weight can cause your period to stop which is why those battling anorexia or bulimia do not get periods, according to WebMD. You'll likely have to lose more than a couple of pounds for it to impact your period, but if you've gone down a dress size and you missed your period, don't rule things out. Image source: iStock
BreastfeedingYeah, bet you didn't think about this one, did you? It's something to remember. You might think that after the baby pops out, your period will be back to normal, but WebMD points out that things probably won't be normal again until you're done breastfeeding. Image source: iStock
Weight GainYup, it's not just losing weight that can cause your period to stop. Weight gain can also impact things. According to Health.com, people who are obese have higher estrogen levels which can stop the body from releasing an egg, thus no period. Image source: iStock
DiseasesYou could devote an entire list to all of the diseases that impact your period. When you think about it, it makes sense. If something isn't right with your body, the rest of you probably isn't going to continue function normally. Diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome are some of the ones that can mess with your period. Image source: iStock
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