What Could Cause a Missed Period?

Causes of a missed period

Your period was due days ago and it is now officially late. Before you pee on that stick, consider first that there could be another reason that could cause a missed period.

  • Emotional Stress: Although stress is a part of our everyday lives, there are those times when it is just too much! Running a household, meeting project deadlines at work, paying the bills on time, and dealing with your friend’s problems can all add up. Stress has a way of building up on itself and negatively affects the hypothalamus, which is the area of the brain that controls the hormones in the body. Stress decreases the production of the GnRH hormone, which causes you to miss a period. Stress and anxiety can actually throw off the body’s equilibrium and not release the estrogen hormone in the body. Therefore, getting your body back on track can be as simple as evaluating stress levels and finding ways to alleviate it. Breathing techniques, yoga, writing, and meditation are all ways that one can de-stress and balance out the equilibrium in the body so that everything, including the menstrual cycle, function normally. Missing a period is how your body tells you it needs a time out to relax.
  • Major life changes:  Similar to stress, major life changes can also have a negative effect on your hormones.  These include starting or ending a relationship, starting or losing your job, losing a loved one or a pet, and/or moving house.
  • Schedule changes: Travel can create schedule changes that your body may not be used to. You would think that traveling would be relaxing, but this abrupt change in schedules can mess with your cycles. This is also true if you stop working days and start working nights instead.

  • Dietary changes:  If you change your diet – for example become a vegetarian – sometimes such nutritional changes can alter your body’s hormonal balance, which can lead to a missed period.
  • Weight: If you are over or under weight, your body could display amenorrhea. Being overweight, can add undue stress on your hormones; but if you are underweight, your body will not be producing enough estrogen because you will not have enough healthy fat cells.
  • Excessive exercise: Strenuous exercise can also influence metabolism and hormones causing your body to skip a period or two.
  • Eating disorders: According to WebMD, another cause for a missed period would be eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia (binging and purging).

Our bodies are very complex in nature and understanding them can help us in making sure that there is both physical and emotional balance. Causes of a missed period in women does not have a cut and dry answer. Pregnancy is only one of the possibilities. If you are a woman who is concerned about her menstrual cycle, do not hesitate to bring those concerns to your doctor. You only have one body. Take care of it so it can take care of you.

18 Responses to “What Could Cause a Missed Period?”

  1. subril Says:

    17th march will make it 8 years of marriage no child to show now i have a baby, my husband relation called me all sort of names that i have eaten the baby in my wombs, i try all Chinese drugs to make sure i get pregnant also visited alot of place , no goodness too i was refer to contact dr shant tami of INDIANSPELL@YAHOO.COM temple i write to dr shant and he prepare a Maxorin P1 &P2 herbal remedy drugs for me to drink and i did accordingly to what he told me a month later i took in and i gave birth to my first son Michael and now i,m 2 months pregnant i want to testify again for my second upcoming babe that this Maxorin p1 & p2 herbal remedy drugs really work 100% what other drugs can not do this drugs did it for me.. no one is created to be barren just visit or email dr shant INDIANSPELL@YAHOO.COM and your dream we come to pass because people that are suffering from any disease and any problem have testify also about is numerous herbal healing remedy drugs. is really powerful.

  2. Skylar Says:

    I’m late and im constipated and I get cold then start sweating I need help please

  3. rani Says:

    can a girl pragnant without sperm or a period

  4. rani Says:

    plzzz i want answer becoz i dont hav period from 43 days

  5. Vickie B. Says:

    Ummm, it takes sperm to get pregnant, so the answer is no. Go talk to your doctor to find out what is going on with your system.

  6. Vickie B. Says:

    It sounds like you should go and see your doctor.

  7. rachael Says:

    im three days late, i recently moved but also had sex three weeks ago, i took a pregnancy test yesterday that was negative is it a greater chance of a false negative or missed period for other reasons than pregnant? also i have 3 kids and got positive tests very early ith all 3

  8. Vickie B. Says:

    If you didn’t get a positive result yet from a pregnancy test, I would say that the stress of moving has caused your cycle to be off.

  9. 1minute Says:
  10. charlene balcer Says:

    Can you get pregnant with the pill naturacure

  11. Beck Says:

    i have been getting up at 6 instead of 7 due to a school thing. and i missed my period that month do you think i missed it due to the time differences? although i also was pretty sick for a couple of days before my period and was taking a lot of medicine. Please help..

  12. becca Says:

    I recently moved country with a 6hr time difference therefore I changed the time when I was taking my pill. I missed this period but I haven’t had sex since before my last period so I doubt I’m pregnant, would the time difference be the reason for my missed period?

  13. Vickie B. Says:

    It’s possible that could have caused the delay. Also moving country isn’t an easy thing so the stress of it all (be it good stress or bad) can really mess with your system.

  14. bimb Says:

    The last time. I had sex I took pills that made my period last for a week,now my period is delayed for 7 days now what could possibly be the course?

  15. Vickie B. Says:

    If you took a morning after pill, it can mess up your cycle for a while before it returns to a normal pattern.

  16. tgirl Says:

    i need help

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  18. tgirl Says:

    i had an abortion on august 15,had a protected sex on august 18.and since that time i have not seen my period til september 6 that i had another unprotected sex. now i don”t know when am suppose to see my period after the abortion.but now am having the same symtops i had when i got pregnant the first time and i have not seen my period.i ran three different test and all coming out negative.please what can i do?

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