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Could my depression and anxiety be the reason for my irregular periods?

Could my depression and anxiety be the reason for my irregular periods?

Yes: The body responds to stress in many ways, one is to stop your periods. This is another example of the biologic basis for depression and anxiety. Have yourself evaluated and treated for the depression and often the periods normalize. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is my depression and anxiety the source of my irregular periods?

Is my depression and anxiety the source of my irregular periods?

Possibly: Depression and anxiety can cause added stress to the body which can affect the timing of your menstrual cycle. Keep track of how irregular your periods are. Other medical issues can cause irregularities as well, so see your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Not sleeping, irregular periods, violent coughing, insomnia, depression, anxiety, rapid heart beats, weight loss, difficulty breathing. What's wrong?

Not sleeping, irregular periods, violent coughing, insomnia, depression, anxiety, rapid heart beats, weight loss, difficulty breathing. What's wrong?

See your doctor: One possible cause is thyroid imbalance. Hyperthyroidism can cause insomnia, light or missed periods, shortness of breath, weight loss, change in appetite, nervousness ; other emotional reactions, palpitations, - as well as fatigue, irritability, sweating, loss of hair, loose stools, tremor ; weakness. ...Read more

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Could irregular periods cause depression and what should I do about it?

Could irregular periods cause depression and what should I do about it?

Unlikely: Likely there is a third agent working to cause both depression and irregular periods. How long have you had your period? Have you seen a doctor? Can you talk to other women in your family about how they were at your age? Frequently, the way your body works closely maps to how mom, sisters have experienced their development. The periods may be a family thing! Talking is most important.
Be well. ...Read more

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I have irregular periods but I am not sexually active with men at all. I get a lot of pains, I am constantly tired but no longer have depression.

I have irregular periods but I am not sexually active with men at all. I get a lot of pains, I am constantly tired but no longer have depression.

Check a blood count.: You may be anemic. This could explain your fatigue. If not then a morre complete exam should be done to rule out other more serious problems. ...Read more

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Hi, I have irregular periods, I have one or two a year, im trying for a baby what is the best thing to help? Its getting me to depressed!

Hi, I have irregular periods, I have one or two a year, im trying for a baby what is the best thing to help? Its getting me to depressed!

See your doctor: There are several possibilities as to why you're not having regular periods. The problem, at its very base, is you are not ovulating regularly. An evaluation (exam + lab work) can help lead to the cause and therapy to help initiate ovulation can be started. ...Read more

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Exactly 3months after D&C due to M/C. Irregular periods since. Feeling very very depressed bc not conceiving. I want a baby : (?

Exactly 3months after D&C due to M/C. Irregular periods since. Feeling very very depressed bc not conceiving. I want a baby : (?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I'm 21, female, been tested for under active thyroid, but it's not that, I'm emotional, tired, weight change, headache irregular periods depressed help?

I'm 21, female, been tested for under active thyroid, but it's not that, I'm emotional, tired, weight change, headache irregular periods depressed help?

PCOS?: Have you talked to your doctor about the possibility of pcos? Or Insulin resistance? Sometimes weight gain can trigger a cascade of hormonal/metabolic changes that can cause symptoms that sound like what you're experiencing. I would also look into your diet and exercise routines and see where you can improve. Sometimes a nutritionist can really help too. ...Read more

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31yr heavy irregular periods, acne, crave food&depressed 2 weeks b4 period, weight issues, period every 18-20days. What's a good contraceptive pill to help?

31yr heavy irregular periods, acne, crave food&depressed 2 weeks b4 period, weight issues, period every 18-20days. What's a good contraceptive pill to help?

Any of them: You need to check with your doctor, but any 35 microgram combination pill (contains estrogen and progesterone) is appropriate, assuming that you do not have a history of blood clots, migraines, high blood pressure or other contraindications to their use. ...Read more

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What could be a possible reason for irregular periods? I had one on may 17th and then june 22nd and no period yet this month. Is this normal? I

What could be a possible reason for irregular periods? I had one on may 17th and then june 22nd and no period yet this month. Is this normal? I

No, not unusual: Irregular periods aren't normal but are common. They are caused by lack of ovulation which can be caused by many things. Hormone abnormalities like thyroid problems and pcos are some of the more common ones. Stress, being overweight or underweight, excessive exercise and illness can all disrupt periods. If you're not either trying to get pregnant or worried that you are, it's not a problem. ...Read more

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Hi I am gaining a lot of weight, is irregular periods is the reason?

Hi I am gaining a lot of weight, is irregular periods is the reason?

They can be related: It is unlikely that irregular periods are causing weight gain. However, weight gain could make a condition like polycystic ovarian syndrome (pcos) can cause cause irregular periods and weight gain can make it worst. ...Read more

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I have irregular periods since the beginning. Now I am 20 and still I am not regular on them? What could be the possible reason?

I have irregular periods since the beginning. Now I am 20 and still I am not regular on them? What could be the possible reason?

Hormonal imbalance: There are many causes to irregular periods. One of the more common ones is a hormone problem called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Your doctor can test for this and other conditions. ...Read more

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I have an IUD for almost 3yrs, I have irregular periods since then. What might be the reason?

I have an IUD for almost 3yrs, I have irregular periods since then. What might be the reason?

Iud last long time: IUD lasts at least 3 years and longer depends on type. I don't know why your periods are irregular There r a lot of reasons for that. I highly recommend you have a yearly gyne chechup and have your doc determine the reason. ...Read more

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What is the reason of irregular periods?

Hormonal imbalance: Irregular periods are caused when your body's signals for ovulation and menstruation get confused by hormonal imbalances that can be related to your thyroid (TSH), pituitary (LH/FSH/prolactin), ovaries (estrogen/progesterone). Many external factors can affect the hormones: malnutrition, stress, obesity, for example. Hormonal contraception can help to regulate your periods, which is healthier. ...Read more

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What is the reason for irregular periods at 45?

What is the reason for irregular periods at 45?

Depends: It is not uncommon to have an abnormal period once. Stress strenuous exercise, perimenopause, and medical problem like diabetes or thyroid condition are a few reasons one might have repeated episodes of abnormal menses. See your md, if appropriate do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What is the reason of irregular periods? I got periods after every two weeks& some time after one week got thick spots just only for a single day,

Hormonal imbalance: And not ovulating. You don't state your age but if older you could be close to menopause as this pattern is not uncommon at that time either. Of you want regulation or are young and think you could be anemic see your doc. ...Read more

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What's reason of irregular periods? I got periods after every 2weaks& sum time after1weak got thick spots just 4 a single day, age30, bachlour? Plz help

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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Would there be a medical reason for me having no sex urges, I am a 18 year old female virgin with very irregular periods, but I don't feel urges ever?

Eval menses: You need an eval for hormonal imbalances if 18 still with irregular periods. Rule out pco. Check cortisol for stress. No alcohol or other drugs that can alter sexual desire. ...Read more

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My wife got irregular periods by taking pills to avoid periods for some reason. Her periods are as follows:10/6/13, 29/7/13, 2/10/13, most fertile day?

My wife got irregular periods by taking pills to avoid periods for some reason. Her periods are as follows:10/6/13, 29/7/13, 2/10/13, most fertile day?

Irregular bleeding: Irregular bleeding can be a product of any number of issues. Depending upon what medications someone is taking to influence their menses, it may or not be affecting their ovulation. Without additional details about the nature of such medications, it is difficult to predict if or when ovulation is occurring. ...Read more

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Does Ultrasound detect the reason behind irregular periods? Missed 2 months of periods, trying to concieve, PTest neg. Pap smear test got good result

Does Ultrasound detect the reason behind irregular periods? Missed 2 months of periods, trying to concieve, PTest neg. Pap smear test got good result

Infertility/amenorrh: Ultrasound can detect the reason behind irregular periods sometimes. The workup is stepwise beginning with history and physical. The medical provider will check blood work for hormone levels. You've had the pregnancy test and pap smear done so your pcp will probably order an ultrasound soon. If everything is normal then male causes of infertility will be explored. That's the usual pattern. ...Read more

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Age 16. Virgin. Irregular periods. Weight gain. Nausea. Lower back pain. Tensed. How can bring back my periods, control my weight? What's the reason?

Age 16. Virgin. Irregular periods. Weight gain. Nausea. Lower back pain. Tensed. How can bring back my periods, control my weight? What's the reason?

Irregular ovulation: It sounds like you are not ovulating regularly. Birth control pills will help regulate your cycle. If you have been gaining weight, you may need to be evaluated for Polycystic ovary syndrome. Talk to your MD. ...Read more

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Weight loss, anxiety, irregular periods, heart palpitations, stomach cramps, back pain what could be the problem?

Weight loss, anxiety, irregular periods, heart palpitations, stomach cramps, back pain what could be the problem?

Complex prob: You need a full evaluation followed by blood work and imaging studies-you won't get a satisfactory answer in a 400 character limited internet forum with such issues. Start with your family doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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19. F. Irregular periods. Facial hair growth. Also, came back from traveling abroad and after returning experiencing anxiety attacks.?

19. F. Irregular periods. Facial hair growth. Also, came back from traveling abroad and after returning experiencing anxiety attacks.?

See a Doctor.: You need to see a gynecologist for a proper work-up and physical. At your age you may have a number of conditions involving your endocrine system and or you reproductive organs and that should be treated. Don't just ignore them, even though it may turn out you have nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I don't even ovulate? Ttc for 4 months. Irregular periods. Bad cramping. Have sex a lot and no luck. Have anxiety.

Is it possible that I don't even ovulate? Ttc for 4 months. Irregular periods. Bad cramping. Have sex a lot and no luck. Have anxiety.

Patience: First of all, how irregular is irregular? Depending on that, it could be that you actually do not ovulate, and would need medications to help induce ovulation depending on your gynecologic profile. If you are missing months at a time of your cycle, you should seek evaluation by your gynecologist. In the meantime, try an over the counter ovulation predictor kit to see. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Liesa Harte
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Irregular Menstrual Periods (Definition)

Average women will have a period every 24-34 days. If you do not have a period within this range, you would be considered to have ...Read more