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Doctor insights on: Effect Of Stress On Menstrual Cycle

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Late menstrual cycle could stress be the cause?

Late menstrual cycle could stress be the cause?

Yes: Late menstrual cycles have many causes. Pregnancies is the first thing to check for.

Other causes can include significant emotional or physical stress. High levels of exercise, hormone disorders thyroid disorder imbalance of estrogen and or progesterone use or stopping hormonal contraception. Evaluation by a physician is the best way to find the cause of late menses ...Read more

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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For what length of time can stress prolong a menstrual cycle?

For what length of time can stress prolong a menstrual cycle?

Variable time: Stress can make periods irregular but typically does not stop them completely or at least not for more than a month or two. So if the periods are absent for more than 2- to 3 months, I would ask gynecologst to find out and look for other causes for absence of menses. ...Read more

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I'm 40 years old and I've been on my menstrual cycle for 8 days been under a lot of stress what could be wrong with me?

I'm 40 years old and I've been on my menstrual cycle for 8 days been under a lot of stress what could be wrong with me?

Menorrhagia: You might be starting to have some ovulatory dysfunction common in women in their forties. It this gets worse it might be of value to see your gynecologist. If you're done with having children, it would be a good time to talk about procedures to stop your periods or the use of hormones to control bleeding. ...Read more

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Can surgical stress affect the menstrual cycle?

Can surgical stress affect the menstrual cycle?

Definitely: Any major stress can effect the menstrual cycle. Please discuss this with your gyn and rule out pregnancy if that is a fear. ...Read more

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Help please! Is an irregular menstrual cycle an outcome of stress?

Help please! Is an irregular menstrual cycle an outcome of stress?

It can be: Disrupted menstrual cycle is only one manifestation of stress. At 49 (the age your information indicates for you) perimenopause or menopause would be another possibility. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause menstrual cycle to be off? It came a bit early but I recently battled a major illness and had lots of stress

Can stress and anxiety cause menstrual cycle to be off? It came a bit early but I recently battled a major illness and had lots of stress

MajorIllness Anxiety: I understand your distress going through Major illness.
Battling a Major illness caused anxiety due to its symptoms, effect on your functioning, seeing physicians, going through tests and treatment, uncertainty of complications and benefits of treatment.
Going through so much anxiety can cause menstrual cycle to be off.
Commend yourself for caring for your Health!
See Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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Can stress cause my menstrual cycle to start 10 days early? I have been going through a stressful situation lately. My age is 40, I just turned 40.

Can stress cause my menstrual cycle to start 10 days early? I have been going through a stressful situation lately. My age is 40, I just turned 40.

Stress and Menses: Stressful symptoms occur when the body is overwhelmed with external influences. As such, many normal physiological processed can be disturbed. This could include irregular menstruation, diarrhea or constipation, palpitations, nausea/vomiting and more. Still, if iregularity persists an evaluation by your doctor is important to ensure that there is no other cause other than stress. ...Read more

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If stress delayed my menstrual cycle how late will it be delayed? Will I still get one if I'm not expecting?

If stress delayed my menstrual cycle how late will it be delayed? Will I still get one if I'm not expecting?

Unclear: Unknown how long your menses might be delayed by stress. If you are not pregnant, the likelihood is you will get a period but you might skip this month entirely. ...Read more

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Can stress play a big role in delaying a woman's menstrual cycle?

Can stress play a big role in delaying a woman's menstrual cycle?

Stress and menses: Yes. Stress can play a role in causing variations in womens menstrual cycle. Good idea to keep a journal of stress and your menstrual cycles to see if there is any affect of the stress. Discuss this with your doctor at your next examination. ...Read more

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Is frequent urination cuased by stress? Can this occur because of oncoming menstrual cycle?

Is frequent urination cuased by stress? Can this occur because of oncoming menstrual cycle?

Yes: Most of the time frequent urination means uti. However there might be a possibility that elevated prostaglandin around time of menses could lead to more frequency. I haven't heard of a link between stress (cortisol) and increased frequency. ...Read more

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30 y/o w. increasingly irregular menstrual cycle (e.g. 18-42-24-35 & counting). No other symptoms, stressors, known genetic risks. Cause for concern?

30 y/o w. increasingly irregular menstrual cycle (e.g. 18-42-24-35 & counting). No other symptoms, stressors, known genetic risks. Cause for concern?

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 and excessive worry cause my menstrual cycle to last longer and have cramping for more days this month?

Can stress and excessive worry cause my menstrual cycle to last longer and have cramping for more days this month?

Yes they can.: Irregular periods and spotting could mean you may have some hormonal imbalance that could be affected by many different factors, including age (if approaching menopause?), nutrition, illness, exercise (or lack of it), body girth, psychological well-being, stress, season, or simple fluctuations of other related hormones (thyroid for example). ...Read more

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Does a chronic lack of sleep (always staying up too late and getting up too early) plus stress have any effect on the menstrual cycle?

Does a chronic lack of sleep (always staying up too late and getting up too early) plus stress have any effect on the menstrual cycle?

Stress has effects: You don't specify how little sleep you are getting, and what sources of stress you have (work? Kids? Relationship?). Adults generally need 7-8 hrs sleep per night to function effectively. Stress affects the endocrine system (hormones) and can trigger menstrual irregularities. Consider getting help to change this pattern. Make appt with psychologist using CBT therapy to help you manage stress. ...Read more

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