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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Is it possible that stress caused my light period?

Is it possible that stress caused my light period?

Possibly: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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Does nervousness and stress cause the period to become light? What are othe causes to have light period?

Does nervousness and stress cause the period to become light? What are othe causes to have light period?

Yes,: Many possible causes including stress and anxiety you have mentioned, low thyroid function, menopause or perimenopause, pregnacy and many other less common causes. ...Read more

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What can cause light period for couple months with recent lifestyle changes: lower fat diet/no sound sleep/traveling/stress/eating at diff time - bad?

What can cause light period for couple months with recent lifestyle changes: lower fat diet/no sound sleep/traveling/stress/eating at diff time - bad?

Anxiety: Emotional stress, no sound sleep/traveling/ /eating at diff time and not balanced Diet, and exhaustion can cause light period. Use of Caffeine, Alcohol, Smoking, and lack of exercise can contribute to light period. Recent lifestyle changes are causing Anxiety. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Y and Visual Imagery. See Psychiatrist for Therapy for Anxiety, coping skills for stress. ...Read more

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On bc for 8-9 months. Had 1 light period 1 day early and a month later had another light period but on time. Nvr been this light before. Why? Stress?

On bc for 8-9 months. Had 1 light period 1 day early and a month later had another light period but on time. Nvr been this light before. Why? Stress?

Please call your gyn: But the pill can cause you to not build up any tissue and can cause no periods esp if u are taking a low dose one which is perfectly normal on the pill, your doc can do blood work and an ultrasound to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more

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I've been on the pill for years, but this month i'm having a bizarrely light period. I'm stressed out about it. Why might it be so light?

I've been on the pill for years, but this month i'm having a bizarrely light period. I'm stressed out about it. Why might it be so light?

Stress period: Even though you have enjoyed the control and predicability that the pill has given you, it could actually be going the other way. Instead of your being stressed because of your period irregularity, stress could have caused this weird period. The good news is, whenever your issue passes in the next month or two, you should be back to complete normal periods as you have enjoyed for years. ...Read more

Dr. Jane McMillan
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Light Periods (Definition)

Light periods are a clinical finding in which there is very little blood loss with ...Read more