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Does 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I heard stress can't delay periods but that it delays ovulation which delays periods. So if ur stressed after ovulation, it won't delay it?
It sure can: One way that fasting effects the periods is by reducing thyroid function. As part of a work-up for irregular periods, i will often look at thyroid function as a cause. Hypothyroidism is common to irregular periods. When a person fasts, the thyroid goes into conserve mode. It slows down metabolism as to not "eat you up" alive. During a fast, the thyroid- believes there is a famine- will lower. ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Pappas: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indefinitely: Stress can dysregulate your menstrual cycle -- making periods come sooner or much later than expected. Periods may even be absent. If it's possible you could be pregnant though, it's best to check a home pregnancy test. That is the most common cause of delayed menses in a woman with regular periods. ...Read more
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
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