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Could some eating disorders cause a menstrual period to come early?

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Dr. Jeffrey Desarbo
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Yes: An eating disorder can cause a period to come early, be late, last for a few days, be completely irregular or to disappear entirely. The change in the cycle is due to related changes in the reproductive hormones as well as changes in the levels of the body's stress hormones. While oral contraceptive pills may correct the cycle, it also can mask the true underlying issues that must be addressed.

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