10 Surprising Things That Can Cause Irregular Periods!
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could plan your period exactly as you wanted to, steering clear of that fancy date night, big interview or any event that needs you to be up and about? But the truth is that we can’t really control our cycle. However, we sure can keep an eye out for some surprising things that tend to mess it up. Here a few causes of irregular periods that you may not know!
1. Exercising too much
Prolonged hours of daily workout can send your body into a shock as it may perceive the situation as a stressful one. This causes the body to reduce/ stop ovulating, thereby disrupting your cycle.
2. Weight gain
Gaining a lot of weight in a short span of time causes ovaries to produce more testosterone, thus making you experience delayed periods or causing you to skip them altogether.
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a major cause of a disturbed period cycle. The hormonal imbalance in the body causes a disruption the body’s ovulation process. Women suffering from PCOS often experience disturbed cycles and may also miss their periods at times.
4. Specific foods
Consuming too much soda, caffeine and sugary and processed foods can negatively affect your menstrual cycle. Our suggestion - eat healthy and include balanced quantities of vitamins, proteins, fat and carbohydrates to keep your cycle on track.
5. Travelling across time zones
Travelling across time zones can confuse your body, throwing your hormones in a frenzy and causing irregular periods.
6. Alcohol consumption
Yes, you heard us right. Apart from causing hangovers it can also cause an irregular menstrual cycle. Consumption of alcohol temporarily increases the levels of oestrogen in your body thereby disrupting your cycle. So, ladies, drink responsibly!
7. Irregular sleep cycle
Did you know that poor slumber patterns can throw off your cycle as well? People working irregular shifts or night shifts tend to experience erratic cycles. This is all the more reason to get your snooze on.
8. Stress alert!
When the body gauges that you are in a stress situation, it shuts down the hormones required for reproduction, to save you from reproducing in a threatening environment. A few minutes of yoga or any other activity that acts as a stress buster for you will be of great help in this case.
9. The pill may be the culprit
Birth control pills contain hormones that prevent ovulation. So whenever you start taking the pill, it takes your body a few irregular cycles to finally adjust to the pill.
10. Cigarettes meddle with your cycle
According to researchers, women who smoke, usually experience erratic period cycles and worse PMS due to the hormonal imbalances caused by nicotine present in the cigarette.