Missing your monthly period can either be a good or a bad thing. Missing your period without the plan of building a family can be scary. On the other hand, missing a period when you’re expecting a child can be very exciting.
However, pregnancy is not the sole reason for missed or delayed periods. Here are five other reasons why you are delayed but not pregnant:
[dropcap]1[/dropcap]High levels of stress. Too much stress can disrupt the normal production of hormones. This disruption can lead to a missed or delayed monthly period. A significant event in your life, such as the death of a loved one or marital issues can be the cause of your missed periods. During a stressful phase, the body finds it hard to release an egg from your ovary and prolongs the start of your period.
Solution: Detach yourself from stress and your cycles will be back to normal in no time. Stress is an unavoidable part of life, but you can try to manage it well.
[dropcap]2[/dropcap]Drastic weight loss and too much exercise. Like stress, drastic weight changes can significantly affect normal hormone production that often leads to irregularities in your normal menstrual cycle. Fat cells play a critical role in estrogen production. In fact, when your BMI drops below 18 or 19, you are most likely to miss your menstrual periods.
Solution: Don’t over exercise your body as too much loss of body fat can lead to ovulation problems that may cause missed periods.
[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Poor eating habits. Unhealthful eating habits that lead to malnourishment, anorexia, or bulimia influences the onset of menstruation. Cessation of the normal menstruation cycle happens as the body perceives that you’re incapable of sustaining a pregnancy. However, obesity can also lead to irregular cycles.
Solution: Make it your goal to stay healthy and fit and don’t go overboard with your diet. Moreover, supply your body with the essential nutrients it needs by eating healthy.
[dropcap]4[/dropcap]Chronic diseases. Diabetes and celiac disease are two of several chronic diseases that may affect your periods. Changes in your blood sugar levels are associated with significant hormonal changes in your body. That is why uncontrolled diabetes can lead to irregular and missed periods.
With celiac disease, your body becomes gluten intolerant leading you to deficiencies in essential minerals such as folic acid, zinc, selenium, and iron. Untreated celiac disease can cause you to have late periods and earlier menopause.
Solution: Set up a consultation with your personal doctor if you suspect yourself of having either diabetes or celiac disease. After right diagnoses and treatments, your periods will be back to the way they used to be.
[dropcap]5[/dropcap]Hormone imbalances. Hormones are very minute but essential parts of your body function. Any imbalance such as an overproduction or underproduction of either one or more of your hormones may lead to serious issues besides missed periods. Hormone imbalances in women can come in the form of:
- Thyroid disorder. When your thyroid gland is either under-active or overactive, hormone levels can be greatly affected. Any type of thyroid imbalance can have adverse effects on your menstrual cycle resulting in missed periods or amenorrhea, the absence of menstruation.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Polycystic ovary syndrome is most common among women in their reproductive age. However, it can also occur in adolescent women. PCOS causes women to be incapable of ovulation while it enables excess secretion of other hormones. This endocrine system disorder leads to infrequent or absent periods.
- Premature or early menopause. Menopause typically happens to women who are between 40-50 years old. However, for some it can happen even before age 40. Premature or early menopause has the same symptoms of normal menopause such as missed periods. Low estrogen levels and ovarian failure can be its primary cause.
Solution: Hormone imbalance can be affected by different factors. However, it can still be treated when properly diagnosed by hormone specialists. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is one of the natural ways to help correct and restore any kind of hormone imbalance. Consult with a hormone expert right away for prevention.
Your doctor is the best person to go to for an accurate diagnosis. So, before you fret or get too excited due to your missed period, consult your doctor first.
About the Author: Sanford Harvey is a researcher and writer at Genemedics Health Institute, a natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy clinic in the different states of USA consisting of highly trained hormone specialists.