A missed menstrual period can raise an alarm that you are pregnant, but this may not always be the case. There could many other factors because of which you may miss your periods.
Amenorrhea is a condition when the woman does not menstruate. When a woman does not menstruate at all then this is known as primary amenorrhea. Secondary amenorrhea is when a woman who was previously menstruating does not have periods.
Factors because of which you could have missed periods
If you are trying to get pregnant then a missed period can make you excited. If not then it could get you scared. The woman mostly associate missed periods with pregnancy but there could be many other possibilities due to which a woman may miss her periods.
Some of the common reasons because of which a woman could miss her periods are:
- hormonal imbalance
- exercise in excess
- changes in schedule
- disorder in the thyroid gland
These are some of the reasons because of which you could miss your periods.
When should you visit your doctor?
It is recommended that you have a record of your periods as well as of any associated symptoms that you may have if you are concerned about missing your periods. The doctor would then diagnose the problem.
You should also schedule check-ups with your gynecology regularly to address the situation that bothers you about your menstrual cycle. Most of the times a late period are nothing to get concerned about.
You should, however, consult your doctor urgently if:
- you have missed many cycles in a row
- if you are tested positive and are pregnant
- PCOS symptoms
- gained or have shed lots of weight
Every woman’s body is different and on an average, a woman gets her periods within 24 to 38 days. The period lasts for 2 to 8 days. You should not necessarily panic if you have missed your periods. But in case it persists then it is advised to get yourself checked.
Treatment for missed or irregular periods
You may not need any treatment for missed or irregular periods until they are bothering you.
PCOS and hypothyroidism are two of the common causes that could lead to irregular periods. The treatment could help to restore the hormonal imbalance in the body. You would be asked to take birth control pills or hormones to get your periods. You may need thyroid hormones if you suffer from hypothyroidism.
The normal pattern of your menstrual cycle could be affected by hormones, exercise, birth control pills, thyroid, uterine fibroid, etc. If it is causing trouble or if you are missing your periods regularly then it is best to consult a medical expert.
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