Menstruation or having a period, means the time of month when the uterus sheds its lining, causing v@ginal bleeding. Frequently missed periods over an extended period of time is a relatively common condition that affects up to 5% of adult women at any time. Many more women experience irregular periods once and awhile, and it is these abnormal menstrual cycles that can be a complicated issue to rectify, since women’s hormones are impacted by a number of different factors and bodily systems.
#1 Common Causes of Missed & Irregular Periods
Beyond being pregnant or going through menopause, that both normally stop a period, here are the other major causes for irregular periods or amenorrhea. Here are some of the most common reasons.
#2 High Stress Levels
When you’re under stress for an extended period of time, the body starts to conserve it’s energy, and it can do this by preventing ovulation. A traumatic event can suddenly cause the adrenal glands to work overtime, which disrupts the production of estrogen and other reproductive hormones. When you don’t have a lot of estrogen, you aren’t able to properly build up the uterine lining, which can cause a missed period.
#3 Thyroid Disorders
It may sound strange, but your thyroid could be the cause of your problems related to hormonal imbalances. Some reports show that thyroid disorders can be one of the leading causes of missed periods, with roughly 15% of patients experiencing thyroid irregularities. The thyroid gland, often called a “master gland” and considered a crucial part of the endocrine system, largely controls your metabolism and impacts many $ex hormones.
#4 Hormonal Issues & Imbalances
Issues like Polycystic ovarian syndrome cause a hormone imbalance in women that negatively impacts ovulation. PCOS alters levels of $ex hormones including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, that can result in abnormal body or facial hair growth, weight gain, blood sugar problems, acne, and irregular menstrual cycles. PCOS can be diagnosed by a gynecologist testing hormone levels, reviewing symptoms and family history, and examining the ovaries for cysts. It’s also possible to go through “premature menopause” prior to the age of 40, which can cause missed periods, hot flashes, night sweats and v@ginal dryness, although this is a less common.
#5 Poor Diet
A poor diet is low in nutrients, antioxidants and probiotic foods, while being high in stimulants, a high intake of sugar, hydrogenated fats and artificial additives, or pesticides. This taxes the adrenal glands, and is linked with thyroid issues and adrenal fatigue that can raise cortisol.Excess cortisol hinders the optimal function of many other essential hormones, such as $ex hormones. It can also promote the breakdown of bones, skin, muscles and brain tissue when high over a long period of time. This cycle of excess cortisol can lead to protein breakdown, which results in muscle-wasting and even osteoporosis.