7 Reasons you Might Miss your Period

Marking the CalendarIt’s your time of the month. You’re anticipating the terrible cramps, PMS and exhaustion, but nothing happens. While most women automatically rush to the store to buy a pregnancy test after a missed period, there are a few other reasons you might be skipping the tampons this month.

1. Weight loss or weight gain – Extreme changes in weight, whether it be weight loss or weight gain, can throw your ovulation cycle off track, which also throws off your period. Extreme weight loss can cause your body to conserve resources due to malnutrition, which prevents menstruation. Weight gain also cause a woman to miss her period because of hormone disturbances.

2. Excessive exercising – Even if you haven’t lost a dramatic amount of weight, excessive exercise can lower body fat percentage. Women who are training for marathons or who are just starting extreme sports could frequently miss a month of two.

3. Birth control changes – Switching to different birth controls can cause lighter or non-existent periods. To avoid thinking a missed cycle is pregnancy, talk to your OBGYN about the common side effects prior to starting a new birth control so you know what to expect.

4. Stress – Stress and other emotions play a major role in having a regular menstrual cycle. Find ways to decrease your stress the week before you expect your period to make sure it isn’t delayed.

5. Polycystic ovary syndrome – Polycystic ovary syndrome causes an imbalance of hormones. It can lead to weight gain, facial hair, ovarian cysts and changes in the menstrual cycle.

6. Changes in your routine – Simple changes in your routine, such as starting a new job, going on vacation and waking up early can cause a delay or even a missed period. Within a month, your body should be fully adjusted to a routine.

7. Miscalculation – Many women have cycles that are longer or shorter than 28 days and they don’t chart them correctly So, your period actually isn’t late. Mark a week and a half in your calendar instead of a week to adjust to each month appropriately.

Consult your physician if you miss two or more periods.

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On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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