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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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Can stress make your period come a week early, be extremely heavy with lots of blood clots, and be shorter then your normal period length?

Can stress make your period come a week early, be extremely heavy with lots of blood clots, and be shorter then your normal period length?

Could be: Stress can do unbelievable things and create a problem out of nowhere. If you have been feeling any pain or discomfort then I recommend going to see a doctor so that they can help you with your symptoms. In the meantime drink plenty of water and do some activities that will lower your stress, for example: yoga. Read more

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Does stress make your period start early on birth control?

Does stress make your period start early on birth control?

No: Yo period should be regulated by the pill. If you bleeding is not controlled by the pill then there may be some other problem - see your doctor if it recurs. Read more

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Can stress cause your period to come early?

Can stress cause your period to come early?

Yes: Overwhelming stress can impact your hypothalamus, which regulates the hormones responsible for your menstrual cycle and many other things. Stress can lengthen or shorten your menstrual cycle, making it unpredictable. Read more

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Can stress make my period come early?

Can stress make my period come early?

Yes: Stress can have an effect on the timing, the amount, and the discomfort or your period. Regular sleep and exercise will reduce the stress effect. Read more

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Can stress precipitate an early period?

Can stress precipitate an early period?

Yes: Stress can disrupt your menstrual cycle -- making it longer or shorter than usual. You could start your period "early" and not be able to predict when it would come next. Stress can even completely eliminate ovulation and menses for a time. Read more

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Can stress precipitate an early period?

Can stress precipitate an early period?

Yes: Stress can disrupt your menstrual cycle -- making it longer or shorter than usual. You could start your period "early" and not be able to predict when it would come next. Stress can even completely eliminate ovulation and menses for a time. Read more

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Hello, last month my period was 6 days late and this month it came 8 days early. I'm under a lot of stress. Is this normal?

Hello, last month my period was 6 days late and this month it came 8 days early. I'm under a lot of stress. Is this normal?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. Read more

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Can stress cause your period do be different. Mine is a bit more watery than usual and it feels like it might finish early?

Can stress cause your period do be different. Mine is a bit more watery than usual and it feels like it might finish early?

Stress: Perceived by the brain can affect many bodily functions, including hormonal variations that play role in menstrual cycle, also affects immune system, sleep cycle and others. Read more

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Hello, last month my period was 6 days late and this month it came 8 days early. I'm under a lot of stress. Is this normal?

Hello, last month my period was 6 days late and this month it came 8 days early. I'm under a lot of stress. Is this normal?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. Read more

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I am 18. My period came a week early. Could this be due to extra stress I was having because of exams? Will it make my period early this month?

I am 18. My period came a week early. Could this be due to extra stress I was having because of exams? Will it make my period early this month?

Probably: Periods are controlled by a portion of the brain that is connected to higher centers that are affected by stress. Read more

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My regular period schedule from the past 4 months: July 12, Aug 15, sept 16, oct 18. Now my period came on the 4th of Nov. Why so early? StreSs?

My regular period schedule from the past 4 months: July 12, Aug 15, sept 16, oct 18. Now my period came on the 4th of Nov. Why so early? StreSs?

Could be: Stress can definitely cause menstrual irregularities bur so can many other things including infections. If you are current on your pap smears and having no other symptoms you are probably safe to watch and see if your cycle straightens out in the next month but if not you need to get in and be seen either by your primary care provider or an Ob/Gyn. Hope this is helpful. Read more

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What if your period last month was 3 days early? I'm always 28days. No birth controI was not under any stress. Period was med vs heavy and shorter.

Cycles can vary: Menstrual cycles can vary, even if not under stress.That can make "natural family planning" a challenge. If you are sexually acitve and do not wish to become pregnant please use condoms or spermicide. Read more

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Hi. My period arrived 2 weeks early, was light and almost stopped then became very heavy. I'm stressed and haven't been eating alot. Is it connected?

Hi. My period arrived 2 weeks early, was light and almost stopped then became very heavy. I'm stressed and haven't been eating alot. Is it connected?

Possibly: Stress can dysregulate hypothalamic hormones, resulting in changes in your menstrual cycle. Periods can be longer or shorter than normal, or may even cease entirely for a time. Food restriction can certainly play a part. Are you on birth control pills, or have you used Plan B recently? This can change your menstrual cycle also. If this continues, do consult your physician. Read more

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I had my period early last month due to stress. I usually get it at the 20th but I got it at the 12th last month. Will I get it around 12th or 20th?

I had my period early last month due to stress. I usually get it at the 20th but I got it at the 12th last month. Will I get it around 12th or 20th?

Menstrual cycle: A typical menstrual cycle is 28 days long. So assuming you have regular cycles, you will get your next period around the 12th. Read more

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