Okay, you are midway thru the month, and all of a sudden it dawns on you that you didn’t get your period last month…and the first thing that pops into your head is am I pregnant?
Okay, you are midway thru the month, and all of a sudden it dawns on you that you didn’t get your period last month…and the first thing that pops into your head is am I pregnant? Stay calm, you or may or may not be, but just because you miss one period doesn’t necessarily mean you will be having a new life to take care of soon. There are many contributing factors to a missed period besides pregnancy.
One common cause of a missed period is a sudden fluctuation in your weight. If you have been a crash diet, or binging on late night pizza and junk foods, then your cycles may well be affected. Missed periods are more often caused by the sudden loss of weight rather than weight gain, but it is known to happen in both circumstances. It is most commonly found in those women who have eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia.
Many female athletes frequently miss their periods, usually caused by the effect of increased exercise and strain on the body. Anytime that your body needs excessive energy, you may often find yourself missing a period. It may not have to do with you exercising more per say, you could maybe just be involved in more physical activity, such as a more strenuous job, etc.
Some birth control can also affect your period as well. This is odd, because oftentimes physicians will put you on birth control to help regulate your period, but this same medicine can also stop you from having one altogether. You are more likely to be affected like this if you use Depo Provera, Norplant, or IUD’s. It can also happen with the pill, but isn’t common.
Stress has a major role on you’re your overall health and well-being, not just your period. It can often cause you to miss your period, but can cause other serious health conditions as well. In today’s fast paced world, we all will come under times of extreme stress in our lifetimes, and it is important to learn how to deal with it, so that doesn’t impact our health and happiness, as well as those close to us.
Regardless, if you miss your period, you should probably take a pregnancy test to be on the safe side. It is better than to be sure, than to not know, and possibly engage in behavior that could be harmful to your unborn baby. It would also be a good idea to let your physician know as well, in case there are other possible causes or health concerns that need to be looked into.