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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can being stressed most of the time affect my period!? it is never stable. im virgin, 21, normal weight, athletic. are my ovaries lazy or something!?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: Both physical and emotional stresses can cause fluctuations with a woman's menstrual cycle. If you are extremely athletic, this may also be affecting your periods.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Get eval to know: Reasons for irregularity include weight gain or loss, breastfeeding, alcohol use, eating disorders, marked emotional stress, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, cervical polyps, polycystic ovarian syndrome, excessive exercise & pregnancy. When a girl has just started menstruating & around the time of menopause periods can be irregular.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2018

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