When it comes to that particular time of the month, a woman’s body naturally prepares itself for a baby with hormonal spikes, which thicken uterine lining. If a woman gets pregnant, a missed period will be her first and most obvious symptom. If a baby is not conceived that month, she will shed that extra lining in the form of her period. Of course, every woman is different. Some may have more menstrual cycles; some may have fewer, irregular periods; and some may even be lucky enough to pinpoint their period at the exact same time, every time, every month. Of course, not all women are so predictable.
Missed periods or irregular periods are unique to each woman. What may be “normal” or regular for you may not be for another. Women are more likely to suffer from missed or irregular periods soon after their first menstruation cycle begins, as it can take a few years for hormones to balance. On the other end of the spectrum, missed or irregular periods can occur in women in their later reproductive years. For women in their later 40s, normal cycles which start to become irregular may indicate the onset of menopause.
The most common cause of a missed period is pregnancy. However, there are other factors that can explain missed periods or irregular periods, including:
- Weight loss or gain
- Birth control: depending on the type. Birth control can cause lighter, less frequent periods, missed periods, or no period at all.
- Breastfeeding: periods may remain unpredictable until a woman stops breastfeeding.
- Increased exercise
- Hormone imbalances
Other rare factors, which may be the cause of a missed or irregular period, include irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, and liver disease—although missed or irregular periods are not the only sign of these health issues. If you have experienced a missed period or irregular periods, rest assured in the knowledge that in many cases, this is simply life taking its toll on your body’s regularity, and your cycle will most likely return to normal. If you are concerned, it is recommended that you see your doctor.
At MIRI Women’s Health, our highly trained and specialized doctors and staff offer you better solutions and insights into your missed or irregular periods. With the latest in advanced minimally invasive techniques, alongside our added touch of care and sensitivity, you truly have a place where you can finally find the solution for your symptoms, and get the attention you deserve.