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Doctor insights on: Could Stress Cause A Missed Period Or Change In My Menstrual Cycle

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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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I have clumpy/stringy/white/yellowish discharge.No smell.Missed period(mp)i didn't necessarily have sex but protected anyway, changed my workout routine.A bit stressed could these contribute to my mp?

I have clumpy/stringy/white/yellowish discharge.No smell.Missed period(mp)i didn't necessarily have sex but protected anyway, changed my workout routine.A bit stressed could these contribute to my mp?

Yes...but need eval: You described 2 different issues. 1 is the vaginal discharge and the other is the missed period. Yes the things you mentioned such as stress can cause a change in your menstrual cycle. However with the discharge you have described the infection itself can cause you to miss your cycle. You should have both things checked out. You need to see the doctor for the discharge & take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Why and how does stress cause a missed period?

Why and how does stress cause a missed period?

Unknown : The reason is unknown, but the hormone cycle that happens is sensitive, and can easily be thrown off. Stress hormones influence the release of the hormones from the brain that control the cycle, but why and how it happens is not known. ...Read more

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How much stress will it take to cause a missed period?

How much stress will it take to cause a missed period?

Variable: There is no set amount of stress that could cause a missed period. Any emotional or physical stress can cause this. If you are sexually active, you should do a pregnancy test. You should also contact your doctor if you have missed periods. ...Read more

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Was wondering how much stress does it take to cause a missed period?

Was wondering how much stress does it take to cause a missed period?

Any level of stress: Any level of stress, whether it is physical, psychological or emotional, can cause you to skip a period. If you are sexually active, pregnancy is always a possibility ! get tested ! ...Read more

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Help please! could being overweight and stressed cause longer and missed period?

Help please! could being overweight and stressed cause longer and missed period?

Missed period: Yes, being overweight in itself can cause delay periods. Life stressors in itself can cause also delays in your period. See your obgyn for medical workup. Women your age can sometimes also develop missed periods when they are close to menopause. ...Read more

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Possible reason for missed period, 3 months late? Not really stressed, no extreme diet/exercise, no extreme changes in sleeping habits. 18 yo virgin.

Possible reason for missed period, 3 months late? Not really stressed, no extreme diet/exercise, no extreme changes in sleeping habits. 18 yo virgin.

Amenorrhea: Here are possible causes: anovulatory cycles (hormonal imbalance), polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disease, medication/s taken, metabolic disorder, brain mass, high prolactin levels. Please see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

Can diverticulitis have any cause to do with severe menstral cramps and missed periods?

An acute bout: of diverticulitis could lead to menstrual irregularities like a missed period but isn't likely to be a significant cause of more severe menstrual cramps; it could lead to severe abdominal pain independent of your menstrual cycle ...Read more

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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more