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Does anemia n stress delay periods?

Does anemia n stress delay periods?

Generally, your.....: Anemia would have to be significant before you experience an impact on your periods. Indeed, anemias emerge commonly among women because they have a monthly blood loss that goes uncompensated by new rbc synthesis. Sometimes these anemias can be quite significant, suggesting that menses can proceed unabated, even in the context of significant anemia. If you are worried about this, consult your dr. ...Read more

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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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How bad can stress effect a period and if so how long can it delay it?

How bad can stress effect a period and if so how long can it delay it?

Stress: It's possible that stress plays a role in suppressing the function of the hypothalamus, which controls the pituitary gland and therefore Ovaries. If the ovaries aren’t working properly, side effects may involve the menstrual cycle, including missed periods or irregular periods. As soon as the stressor is going away the cycle should go back to normal. ...Read more

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I have been very stressed the past two weeks. How much does stress affect a period? Will it delay it by too much?

I have been very stressed the past two weeks. How much does stress affect a period? Will it delay it by too much?

Likely not: You are right that stress can affect our periods. I've definitely had patients where that's seemed like the case, but it is very rare. The body is a powerful thing, and most women, despite enormous stress, will still ovulate and have a period. Extremes of weight (too thin, too heavy) are more likely causes for irregular period. As well as thyroid or pituitary problems. Check with your doctor! ...Read more

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Is it possible that it is stress that is delaying my period?

Is it possible that it is stress that is delaying my period?

Yes it's possible.: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletes, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control), polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long can stress delay your period ?

How long can stress delay your period ?

CONSIDER: At 49 it's time to consider menopause, irregular periods etc. If there's a great deal of stress you want to lower the stress. If you can't do it on your own get a therapist to help. The stress may be more of a problem than the period. ...Read more

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Will stress actually delay your period ?

Will stress actually delay your period ?

Yes, but...: Yes, persistent stress can affect your body in various ways.In fact, for some women, stress may play a role in causing irregular or missed periods. As stress levels rise, there’s a chance that your menstrual period will temporarily stop, a condition known as secondary amenorrhea. However, there are alot of things that can affect your cycle: level of exercise, thyroid issues, &hormone issues. ...Read more