Not pregnant but worried that you missed your period? Well you are not alone. Pregnancy isn’t the only reason why people miss their periods. There are many reasons, ranging from hormonal imbalances to serious medical conditions. However, in this article we will zero in on 3 most common reasons.
Should you be worried?
A missing period is an indicator that you are not ovulating. This is obviously a worry if you want to get pregnant, but it should also be a concern even if you have no baby plans in the near future. Ovulation is the key to female health and vitality. Not ovulating does not only lead to missing periods, but also all PMS symptoms, acne, moodiness, weight gain and more.
Here are the most common reasons why you may be missing your period:
1. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
The cause of polycystic ovary syndrome is not well understood, but medical practitioners generally agree that it includes but is not limited to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Specifically, the condition is characterized by having too many androgens in the body, and this imbalance interferes with regular menstrual cycles.
Other hormones, such as insulin, can also get out of balance. This is due to insulin resistance, which is associated with PCOS. Treatment for PCOS focuses on relieving symptoms.
2. Low Body Weight and Obesity
Women who suffer from eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia have a huge chance of missing periods. Health professionals have concluded that weighing 10 percent below what’s considered a normal range for your height can change the way your body functions and stop ovulation. Getting treatment for your eating disorder and putting on weight in a healthy way can return your cycle to normal. Women who participate in extreme exercise such as marathons may stop their periods as well.
Just as low body weight can cause hormonal changes, so can being overweight. Your doctor will recommend a diet and exercise plan if they determine that obesity is a factor in your late or missed periods.
Excessive worrying can put the digestive system into overdrive, causing stress symptoms like diarrhea, frequent urination, and abdominal pain; the pulmonary system may respond with rapid breathing.
The female reproductive system can be affected, too. 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.
Not much is known about the relationship between stress and periods. However, stress certainly plays a role in suppressing the functioning of the hypothalamus, which controls the pituitary gland — the body’s master gland — which, in turn, controls the thyroid and adrenal glands and the ovaries; they all work together to manage hormones.
What to do?
Now that we have triangulated the common causes for missed periods, it is time to take a look at your hormonal balance – specifically progesterone and estrogen. Progesterone deficiency and estrogen dominance are the two main root causes of missing periods when the above factors are not on the table.
Your body needs nutritional support via the right foods to create enough hormones, use those hormones, and then process and detoxify excess hormones. This will maintain hormonal balance and ensure your body is able to trigger ovulation. Once you are ovulating your period will naturally follow. Your body wants to ovulate, that’s what it’s designed to do, but it just needs the right fuel and foundation.
Kiko Vitals Hormone Balancing Capsules have helped thousands of women around South Africa bring back their period, including Gabriella who didn’t have a period for 2 years and Hillary who was missing her period for 2.5 years.
We have shared the science with you, the ball is in your court to start making smart decisions about your health. You can do this?