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How much exercise or emotional stress can cause a missed or irregular period?

How much exercise or emotional stress can cause a missed or irregular period?

Worried you're preg?: Overly exercising and high stress may cause an irregular period. Periods will stop if you are at a very low body weight, since body can not support a pregnancy. However, pregnancy might be the most likely scenario. I know you are uncertain but should have a home pregnancy test asap. Good luck to you. ...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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Can emotional stress be causing my period to be delayed?

Can emotional stress be causing my period to be delayed?

Yes: It can cause a transient disruption of normal hormonal production/cycling that can cause delay or skipping of a period. ...Read more

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I am having spotting after my period and have been going through a ton of emotional stress. Will this clear up on its own?

I am having spotting after my period and have been going through a ton of emotional stress. Will this clear up on its own?

Spotting: Spotting is 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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Been experiencing emotional stress worry and crying. Now I have a late spotty light period. Never had sex. What could be causing this?

Been experiencing emotional stress worry and crying. Now I have a late spotty light period. Never had sex. What could be causing this?

Relaxation: Stress can sometimes change your period and sometimes it is something physical. Try a meditation app that helps you relax and see your Dr. She can check you physically and refer you to a therapist if you could benefit from that. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm an 18 year old girl who hasn't had her period in two years. I think its due to severe emotional stress. I just started getting bladder pains?

Hi, I'm an 18 year old girl who hasn't had her period in two years. I think its due to severe emotional stress. I just started getting bladder pains?

Ammenorhea: Amenorhea (absences of menses) for more than three cycle intervals or six months in women who were previously menstruating should be promptly evaluated by a gynecologist or primary care provider. Your bladder pains are non-specific but could related to an infection (UTI, vaginal infection, etc). It is advised to see PMD to rule out urinary tract infection or other cause. ...Read more

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2 days late period. Never had sexual intercourse only dry hump with clothes no ejaculation. Traveled internationally this month with emotional stress.

2 days late period. Never had sexual intercourse only dry hump with clothes no ejaculation. Traveled internationally this month with emotional stress.

Not pregnant: If ALL of your clothes were on, and you or your partner did not touch his penis and then your vagina (possibly transferring semen), your chance of pregnancy is ZERO! Travel and emotional stress are two known reasons why your period might be a little late. If you are more than a week late and you DID have contact with sperm/pre-cum/cum to vagina --> get a pregnancy test. Good luck! ...Read more

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After periods of emotional stress, I get really inflamed, sore and stabbing muscles in my chest, between ribs. Tender to touch and move. Why?

After periods of emotional stress, I get really inflamed, sore and stabbing muscles in my chest, between ribs. Tender to touch and move. Why?

Costochondritis: This is Tietze syndrome - also called costochondritis. This is muscle - myofascial pain syndrome and can be part of fibromyalgia. Please discuss this possibility with your physician ...Read more

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At age 22-23 what are reasons for irregular period besides thyriod? And can irregular period cause weight gain stress and cramping? Thank you.

At age 22-23 what are reasons for irregular period besides thyriod? And can irregular period cause weight gain stress and cramping? Thank you.

PCOS: Ask to be evaluated for polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is an issue where people have irregular periods. Many struggle with weight gain, acne and hair growth in places where women don't want it like the chin or neck. Weight gain makes this worse. ...Read more

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Is it possible for stress to be causing irregular periods?

Possible!: 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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I had my pap n was tld my weight gain and stress is causing my irregular periods they are 45 to 50 day apart going on fr yr. Advise 2 GT bk normal?

Weight loss: If weight gain is the cause, it would be logical to lose weight. It is easier said than done, but keeping a healthy weight has lots of benefits. You may join a support group like Weight Watchers to help in the process. Reducing intake of food and exercise are essential.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...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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21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

21 yr old female, hair and weight loss, fatigue, irritated scalp, anxiety, high stress, irregular periods, mood swings, thin spots?

Multiple poss,: Whatever the issue, stress may be resulting in or adding to the issue. Alopecea areata is hair loss that can be caused by stress, get on some zantac (ranitidine) 150mg. If no medical reason is found, and often there isn't (adrenal insufficiency, thyroid, autoimmune dz) then Mirtazapine is a great drug for insomnia, appetite and mood/anxiety. It works well in those with your profile but you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Missed period but usual irregular periods, I'm emotionally stressed, gained alot of weight and have alot of discharge?

Missed period but usual irregular periods, I'm emotionally stressed, gained alot of weight and have alot of discharge?

It is 2014: We do not sit at hone in our day and age wanting to read the tea leaves and predict the future. If you wonder if you are pregnant then you go get a te ...Read more

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I have been really stressed lately and my period was supposed to come a week ago. I haven't got it yet, I have irregular periods, am I pregnant?

I have been really stressed lately and my period was supposed to come a week ago. I haven't got it yet, I have irregular periods, am I pregnant?

Hard to guess: Some causes of a late period include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, having an illness, traveling, medicines (like birth control pills), hormonal imbalances, etc… Pregnancy is a common cause of a missed period, if having sex. Urine pregnancy tests are very accurate. Seeing a doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

I had protected sex. My period is a week late. I have irregular periods and I have been stressed lately. I had no pregnancy symptoms. Am I pregnant?

Take a test: 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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Ibs when I was in early 20's. Seemed to resolve after pregnancy. Has returned years later after long period of emotional stress and weight gain. Why?

Ibs when I was in early 20's. Seemed to resolve after pregnancy. Has returned years later after long period of emotional stress and weight gain. Why?

Stress Effects IBS: Simply put, there are many things that can effect IBS, but one the major players is stress. Sometimes though it might not be IBS, but lactose intolerance or a bacterial imbalance in the large intestine. If the latter is the case probiotics may help. If the former is the case take all dairy out of your diet and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Can getting a UTI or having extreme emotional stress cause your menstrual period to be late?

Emotions stress: Emotional stress more common to affect your hormones that affect your cycle not common with UTI ...Read more

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What are reasons for a missed menstrual period, other than emotional stress, physical stress, and pregnancy?

What are reasons for a missed menstrual period, other than emotional stress, physical stress, and pregnancy?

Non ovulation: There are many reasons that a woman doesn't ovulate occasionally. Recurrent anovulation is usually associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome and can be treated with birth control pills or intermittent Progesterone or Clomid (clomiphene) if pregnancy is desired. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have emotional stress?

How do you know if you have emotional stress?

Stress: Stress sx's can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (esp. In neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, v concentration, easy fatiguability, lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation. ...Read more

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Could emotional stress make you physically sick?

Could emotional stress make you physically sick?

Yes: Anxiety / Stress symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders & back), poor quality or minimal sleep, lack of concentration & easy fatiguability. Lump in throat or butterfly in stomach sensation can occur. Headaches, exacerbation of asthma and GI upset can occur too. ...Read more

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Can emotional stress cause skipped beats?

Can emotional stress cause skipped beats?

Yes, however,: You may need to have your heart checked to be sure it is not a medical problem before assuming that it is due to psychological stressors. ...Read more

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What is the best way to overcome emotional stress?

What is the best way to overcome emotional stress?

Manage stress: With e-a-s-e. 1)eliminate the stressor from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Counseling can help. ...Read more

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How are depression and emotional stress different?

How are depression and emotional stress different?

Depression ; stress: Depression is a clinical syndrome with sad mood, loss of interest, poor concentration, and changes in sleep, energy, appetite, and sex. There can be thoughts of worthlessness and guilt, and suicidal thoughts ; attempts. "emotional stress" is a variable response to events to which the person is sensitive -- usually anxiety, tension, irritability, etc are present. Can progress to depression. ...Read more

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Is my sudden emotional stress causing my lymph nodes to be sore and enlarged?

Is my sudden emotional stress causing my lymph nodes to be sore and enlarged?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Can proteinuria (30mg dipstick and 183mg/24h) be caused by extreme emotional stress for a few months? All other renal tests normal, no diab or HBP.

Can proteinuria (30mg dipstick and 183mg/24h) be caused by extreme emotional stress for a few months? All other renal tests normal, no diab or HBP.

Proteinuria: No. That's a significant amount of proteinuria. Check with a nephrologist because this can a be a sign of sufficient kidney problem, even if the kidney function is so far normal. ...Read more

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