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7 Surprising Reasons Why You Missed Your Period (And No, Sex Is Not One Of Them)

7 Surprising Reasons Why You Missed Your Period (And No, Sex Is Not One Of Them)

If you thought sex could be the only reason for you to miss your period, you thought wrong! Apparently, it’s a little more complicated than that! Stress, birth control pills, lifestyle choices, hormonal imbalance - all of these tend to influence your menstrual cycle. While some women tend to get their period earlier than expected, some miss their date due to the factors mentioned above. If your situation is the case of the latter, there’s nothing to panic about. You can eat healthily, exercise regularly and sleep early to bring your cycle back on track among other things. To put all your worries to rest, here are 7 reasons why you missed your period.


1. You’re Perpetually Stressed Out


Working long hours may fetch you brownie points from your boss, but not from your body. You see, experiencing chronic stress is a whole problem by itself. It not only affects your menstrual cycle but also gives rise to problems like lack of concentration, body cramps, mood swings, loss of appetite and lack of sleep. You need to take a chill pill and channel your energy into something constructive. Exercise, eat food with low carbs, get beauty sleep and keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you’re finding it difficult to cope with stress, you may want to consult a counsellor or a doctor.   


2. The Weight Factor


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Whether you lose a few pounds or gain a few more, you must know that this change in weight can cause you to miss your period by affecting the hypothalamus gland. Being too underweight can cause the body to produce less estrogen. If that happens, it would be able to build the lining of the uterus. Being overweight on the other hand causes an increase in the production of estrogen. It causes the endometrial lining to overgrow. You can expect to either experience an irregular period or a heavy one.


3. Post Effects Of An Emergency Contraceptive Pill  


Ladies, listen up! Only consume an emergency contraceptive pill when necessary. If you pop too many of them you’re most likely to experience the side effects of the pill. Since its main purpose is to stop the body from ovulating, you could experience a light or a late period. Staying away from the pill for a month will help regulate your menstrual cycle again. In fact, usage of condoms is a safer bet.


4. It Could Be PCOS 


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Sometimes, the situation is more than what meets the eye. It could have nothing to do with stress, birth control pills or your hormones. It could be a case of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). What is it, you ask? Well, due to the drop of estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels, your ovulation process gets messed up. What are the symptoms is your next query? Breakouts, change in body weight, hair growth in unusual places, skin darkening, migraines, body pain, oily skin, pelvic pain, hypertension, anger, depression and many more. Go for regular check-ups and keep your doctor on speed dial.


5. When Your Hormones Fluctuate


A hormonal imbalance of prolactin or thyroid can make you miss your period! To find out whether you have a hormonal fluctuation, you should get a blood test done. In some cases, it’s a problem that runs in the family. Breakouts, mood swings, late periods, thicker hair growth, all symptoms point to an imbalance of hormones. We suggest that you visit the doctor as soon as you experience any of these symptoms.


6. Made A Change In Your Schedule?


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Let’s say you’ve been doing night shifts every day and one fine day, the timings of your job shift to the day. Your body experiences a level of shock when this happens. It needs to adapt to a new routine and in that process, your menstrual cycle gets affected. For things to get back to normal down there, a couple of days of rest is essential.


7. You May Have Perimenopause


Who said that you need to be 45 and above for menopause to begin? Women below the age of 40 can fall victim to premature menopause! If you think you have it then you must have experienced extreme exhaustion, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sweating at night, insomnia, anxiety, depression and a decrease in sex drive. A situation like this requires medical assistance, so it’s best to consult an OB-gyn.


What You Can Do From Your End


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- Keep a written record of your period dates or download POPxo's period tracker, Gulaabo.


- Go for regular health check-ups by visiting your gynaecologist often.


- Drink plenty of water, exercise and sleep well.


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Published on Apr 3, 2018
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