Each woman’s menstrual cycle is different and even your own period may be a bit irregular each month. Depending on your lifestyle and stress levels, your period could fluctuate as far as how light it is, how severe your cramps are, and so forth.
Many women do experience irregularities in their menstrual cycle, but there are times when irregularities could signal that there is an issue to be addressed with a medical professional, such as a gynecologist.
If you notice a change in your period, you will want to pay close attention to what has changed, how you feel and if there seems to be a reoccurring pattern. Below are a few reasons your periods could be irregular.
Your Period May Be a Bit Irregular Due To …
A woman’s hormonal system can be very sensitive and may not always adapt to your ever-changing lifestyle. One trigger for menstrual cycle irregularity is stress. Cortisol, which is the stress hormone, directly impacts how much female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) get produced. Too much cortisol in your bloodstream (caused by too much stress) can affect the timing and flow of your cycle.
Late and missing periods can also be chalked up to what foods you are consuming. A diet that is unhealthy with a high amount of carbs, sugars, and saturated fats will cause a discrepancy in the number of hormones you produce, which will shift when you ovulate. You may find you are ovulating more or less or throwing off your “normal” cycle depending on what you’re eating.
While we encourage exercise, in order to menstruate our bodies also need energy. For those who are burning a lot of energy at the gym, this leaves little energy for your body to utilize during your menstrual cycle. One of the hormones that affect menstruation is called leptin. Excessive exercise can cause this hormone to decline, resulting in irregular periods.
Different medications can cause your period to show up a day or two late if it is something you don’t take on a normal basis. Most medications will interfere with the way a woman’s body produces sex hormones. These medications can be as simple as aspirin or as strong as a prescribed medication.
Missing a period does not always indicate pregnancy and that your period may be a bit irregular can be normal. However, you should consult with a gynecologist if you do suffer from irregular cycles.
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