Whether you just started your period a few years ago or you have been having it for some years now, irregular or absent period can be really stressful and concerning, your mind may immediately think of pregnancy (if you are sexually active) or you may start thinking that you are dealing with a certain health condition that needs to be discovered and treated. Actually a regular period is a good sign that things are going well with your body and irregular or absent periods can indicate an underlying health condition so you never should ignore the situation. Here is a list of the most common possibilities why your period is irregular.
1- You Just Started Your Period In The Last Two Weeks.
When menstruation just begin it may take time for your body to get used to its new habit of producing hormones to induce the ovaries to ovulate and regulate the ovulation time, within the first two years of your menstruation anything regarding your period is not considered a reason for concern, periods could be late, missed or early however if you don’t get your period for like 6 months straight consult a doctor just to be safe.
2- You Are Underweight.
There’s not a specific weight range or body mass index required to menstruate regularly, however your body need a percentage of fat in order to produce the needed hormones to regulate your period. Starving yourself and depriving your body of essential nutrients also does impact your fertility and menstruation as your body starts to feel it is in a situation like famine so it stops reproducing eggs as a protective method.
3- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is one of the most common causes for irregular periods, it is a situation that causes your body to produce the right hormones your body requires but in wrong ration, usually women with PCOS have periods that are very paced out with six to eight weeks in between. Other symptoms to PCOS include weight gain, oily skin, acne breakouts, mood swings and depression, hair loss and abnormal hair growth in places like the face, chest and stomach, if you are experiencing these symptoms talk to your doctor to rule out the likelihood of you having PCOS.
4- Hormonal Contraceptives.
The pill, the patch, IUDs, depo-provera injections or the Nuva ring are all types of hormonal birth controls which affect the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body, your body will require some time to adjust to the change which will affect the regularity of your period especially for the first few months.
5- You Are Taking Certain Medication.
Some medications like antibiotics, antidepressants and meds for anxiety and bipolar could disrupt with your period and the more meds you take the more irregular your periods will be, however that doesn’t mean you should go off the meds by yourself, consult your doctor for your options, you may be prescribed birth control pills to regulate your periods.