5 Unexpected Reasons for Missed Periods

July 2016

Learn what your body may be trying to tell you. 

Did you miss a period? Though you might immediately suspect that you're pregnant when your cycle behaves irregularly, there are several other reasons your period could be late--some more serious than others. Here's a rundown of possible causes and ways you can deal with missed periods. 

1. Body weight

Women who are very overweight or underweight may experience hormonal imbalances that may lead to missed periods. Carrying excessive weight can cause you to produce hormones that make your body think it is pregnant – and stop your periods. On the other hand, not weighing enough can affect the hormones you need to regulate your cycle. If your doctor has suggested that your weight could be the culprit for your missed periods, ask about a personalized plan to help you reach a healthy weight and promote a regular menstrual cycle.

2. Stress

Stress has a huge impact on your physical health, and it can even lead to irregular or missed periods. In the long run, stress can also lead to serious health problems like hypertension, sudden weight gain or loss, and a compromised immune system that puts you at higher risk for a slew of serious illnesses. If you are under significant stress and you’ve been missing periods here and there, try some stress-relieving tactics and/or lifestyle changes to give your mind and body the relief it needs. 

3. Birth control 

Some hormonal birth control methods can result in lighter periods or missed periods altogether. Most women tend to enjoy these common side effects. But if you’re experiencing pain, excessive bleeding, or menstrual irregularity that is disrupting your life, take note of your symptoms and talk to your women’s health care provider about considering an alternative method.

4. Gynecologic conditions

Gynecologic conditions that affect your pelvic organs, such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Asherman's Syndrome, may trigger missed periods. Managing your condition with medication and other therapies, while balancing the risks and benefits of each option, can help. 

5. Early menopause

Although most women experience menopause between 45 and 55 years old, sometimes it starts earlier. Missed periods are often the first sign that ovulation and menstruation are winding down. If you think you may be experiencing early menopause, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms and test your hormone levels.

If you’ve missed your period and pregnancy tests come back negative, it's a good idea to see your gynecologist to rule out potentially serious problems. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to discuss questions about your menstrual cycle, give us a call at 920.885.6090.

Resources (for client reference):

Web MD

Web MD


Women’s Health Mag

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