Womens Health

Things That Can Mess With Your Period


If you have missed your period or found that your cycle is skipping all around the calendar, you might start jumping to conclusions. Don’t worry! Abnormal periods can be fretful, but you shouldn’t be alarmed, because there are many factors that go into your cycle, even things you would not usually expect. Most women experience 11 to 13 menstrual cycles throughout the year, but everyone is different. Depending on where you live, what you eat, and other influences, your cycle might not fit the typical statistic.

While the lack of a period or irregularity can mean several medical conditions, like pregnancy, an eating disorder, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, metabolic syndrome, or something else, most of the time it comes down to one of the following this that can affect your period:

Too Much Stress

Stress can be blamed for almost everything that messes up our internal rhythms and natural balance, including your menstrual cycle! Research from the Reproductive Epidemiology department at Ohio State University College of Medicine revealed that women under duress doubled their chances of irregular menstrual cycles and even infertility. In other words, stress is the main contributor to changes in your period—flow, duration, ovulation, everything. The reason? When you are swimming in cortisol, your body shuts down the hormones that cause ovulation.