Answer to How Stress Causes Late Periods - Irregular Periods Treatment

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 20 Aug 2018 - Written by Dr. R K Sharma - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

If you are wondering that how stress causes late periods, then you need to understand that stress leads to hormonal changes in the body. This leads to late or irregular periods. Irregular periods treatment include consumption of green tea, dark chocolates, yoga and meditation, and positive thinking.

A woman’s body goes several changes every month. With the onset of ovulation periods and menstrual cycles, there is lot of hormonal changes that you, too as a woman must be facing. Your body will be shedding uterus lining, releasing eggs and preparing itself for fertilization. During such course, you might feel irritated and ruffled. You will get mood swings and may get stressed, too. As per a research, stress and anxiety have a way long relationship with menstrual cycles or periods. Most of the women are unaware of the fact that stress delays periods. Excessive stress or anxiety even affects digestive system. Stress slows down your body’s metabolism. You may have frequent urination; abdominal pain, diarrhea and you may heavy breathing due to stress. You need to manage your stress or else you may face challenges while planning a baby. Stress causes missed periods and if your periods are not regular, your ovulation will be disturbed. This way, stress can adversely affect pregnancy.

How Stress May Affect Periods?

Stress affects the proper functioning of a Hypothalamus. Hypothalamus has number of small nuclei with variable function, located inside the brain. It is mainly connected with the parts of central nervous system. Hypothalamus connects nervous system with pituitary glands. Pituitary glands are the master glands working with adrenal glands and ovaries for the proper release of hormones before, after and during menstrual cycles.

Stress delays periods, Stress causes missed periods

While you are stressed, it can cause dysfunction of ovaries, which leads to disturbed menstrual cycles or missed periods. When your ovaries do not function properly, hormones are not released properly and so stress causes missed periods or irregular periods. Stress affects the proper release of estrogen also. Estrogen is the hormone responsible for the formation of uterus lining and prepares your body for pregnancy as well. When stress delays periods, you may have certain complications with your pregnancy.  Make sure you have healthy periods while trying to conceive. As stress causes missed periods, it affects your endocrine system as well. You may get fatigue, slow digestion, irregular sleep and weight gain. These complications can adversely affect your pregnancy.

How To Manage Stress To Get Regular Periods?

It is very important to manage your stress. Stress delays periods and so you can have various health issues, especially when you are trying to conceive faster. You can try these methods to release your stress and anxiety

1- You can have a some of the food items, which are natural stress busters and can release your anxiety. You can have asparagus, green tea, flax seeds, apples, coconuts and chocolates to help you lower down your agitations and worries. As stress causes missed periods, these food items will help in regulating your menstrual cycle as well.

2- You should try doing Yoga and Meditation to release your anxiety. Stress delays periods and eventually disturbs your mental peace. Yoga and meditation can put you back on the track of good mental and physical health. It will help in proper release of happy hormones called endorphins and oxytocin, which can manage your stress very well.

3- You can try some of the stress busters like social activities, positive thinking, motivational videos, chanting and prayers to relax yourself. You can even join any of the socially active group or NGOs where you can deviate your mood for a noble cause.
Stress delays periods, Stress causes missed periods
You may find immense pleasure in helping the destitute ones. It is important to manage your stress as stress delays periods and it can cause various complications to your health.

4- Stress causes missed periods and when you can manage your stress by following a regular exercise regime. The toxic agents causing stress and anxiety are released when you sweat while doing exercise. This will even help you in regulating your ovulation period. You can do simple crunches, stretches, jogs and morning walk. Vigorous exercises should be avoided while trying to conceive.
Stress delays periods and you should manage your stress and anxiety to have periods. A healthy menstrual cycle opens the door to a healthy pregnancy as well.

Hope this article has been able to resolve your queries on stress and menstrual cycle. Follow Ela Woman to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. R K Sharma

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Reproductive Endocrinologist, Hysteroscopic Surgeon

Dr. R K Sharma has completed MBBS and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Pune University in 1981 and 1989 respectively. Dr. R K Sharma is one of the pioneers in the field of IVF treatment in India. He specializes in IUI, IVF, Embryo transfer and Hysteroscopy procedures. He is also a member of Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology Societies of India (FOGSI). Dr. R K Sharma is presently practicing at Primus Super Specialty Hospital, Chanakyapuri, Delhi. To know more, visit elawoman.com


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Sheetal Gupta

Due to my depression pills, I didn't have my cycles for around 2-3 months. So, It might not always be stress behind missed periods.

Aug. 31, 2018, 7:02 a.m. 5.0


Kapila Kharbanda

I missed my periods this month but neither I feel stress full nor I am pregnant. Then what's happening to me! Is it a sign of menopause.

March 26, 2018, 9:14 p.m. 5.0


Sanskriti Rathore

I am trying to conceive for the last 3 years and because of this unnecessary stress, I face irregular cycles which is now even worsening my condition. What should I do now, does yoga really help?

Jan. 8, 2018, 12:48 p.m. 5.0


Ankita Yadav

On the off chance that your cycle is late because of having low estrogen levels for over a half year, your bones may start diminishing. This will put you at a hazard for osteoporosis. So you better be careful on how stress affects your menstrual cycles. Do not overthink and stay relaxed.

Oct. 30, 2017, 2:10 p.m. 4.5


Kapil Kumar

Stress can cause missed periods. I believe this completely. When my exams are near I got my periods after a week or so. One Of the times, my period got late for a month and my mom suspected I was pregnant.

Oct. 30, 2017, 12:01 p.m. 4.5

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