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09 January 2017

5 Reasons For Irregular Periods

5 Reasons For Irregular Periods
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Written by Dr. Sailaja Vuppu

Irregular periods are more distressful than experiencing menstruation every month. For women worried about their late periods, here is a list of 5 reasons why your menstrual cycle is irregular.

Irregular periods are more distressful than experiencing menstruation every month. For women worried about their late periods, here is a list of 5 reasons why your menstrual cycle is irregular.

A survey has suggested that about 84 percent of women have experienced a late period at least once in their lives. While most women think that late periods can only be if you're pregnant, that's a myth. The average menstrual cycle of women is 28 days. However, the menstrual cycle length can be anywhere around 21 to 45 days. A delay of 3-4 days in your period dates is nothing to worry about and it could be because of a variety of reasons. Here is a list of 5 reasons that could cause late periods.

1. Stress

Stress is one of the most dominant reasons for the late periods. This is how it works - When you're not doing well mentally or emotionally, you tend to get stressed. As a result, the brain produces stress hormones - adrenaline and cortisol. This compels the brain to choose which body functionality is of priority and acts accordingly. Stress affects the follicle stimulating hormone, present in the body, which is responsible for ovulation. Hence, the ovulation is delayed and as a consequence, you get irregular periods. 

2. PCOS

Any kind of hormonal imbalance will most likely affect the arrival date of your menses. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) affects about 1 in 10 women around the world. It creates a hormonal imbalance leading to a messed up menstrual cycle. Apart from leading to irregular periods, PCOS can also cause facial hair growth, weight gain, acne and also affects fertility

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3. Over-exercising

Over-exercising can also affect your menstrual cycle. When you overdo it at the gym or are losing weight at a rapid pace, it can lead to late periods. When the body is subjected to excessive exhaustion without the proper intake of calories, it fails to produce the required amount of estrogen for ovulation. As an after effect, you might experience irregular periods

4. Birth Control Pills

The birth control you are on can impact your menstrual cycle to a great extent. Hormonal contraceptives are a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin which cause the ovulation to come to a halt. This, as a result, causes late periods.

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Normally, your body needs at least 6 months to cope with the hormonal imbalance caused by contraception and fall back to the normal course of your menstrual cycle. 

5. Pregnancy

If you're pregnant, then our periods will most likely take a break for the next nine months. If you have had unprotected sex and are trying to conceive, late periods could actually be a good sign. Missing your period for over a week when you're trying to conceive might not just be a case of an irregular period, but probably the baby dust is your way. Take the test after a week of your missed period date, if this is the case. You can track your period dates and fertility cycle on the Ela App

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2 Comments

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Nadia
May 22, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
my periods are 7 days late, I've tested twice both negative. Had unprotected sex right after my last period in April and have been experiencing alot of cramping right after my periods were due. Something feels not in place within my body
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Shruti Gupta
Oct. 31, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
sometimes pregnancy test are not valid even after missing due duration of periods. You need to take a blood test, it might happen that your hcg was low and so it was a negative result.
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