Updated: 2019, Jun 12

Missed Period: What Does It Mean?

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Missed Period

Missing your period can be a scary thing. However many women with irregular periods and unpredictable menstrual cycles, don’t even bat an eyelash when that time of the month is late or simply doesn’t happen. For women trying to get pregnant, a missed period can prove to be either a Godsend or a devastating false alarm. So what could it mean if you are certain you are not pregnant but have missed your period?

Missed Period Terms

The medical term for missed periods is called amenorrhea, and this occurrence can be caused by a variety of factors including physical and emotional causes of stress or serious health issues. It is common for irregular and skipped periods to occur shortly after a young woman has begun menstruating. This experience is also an indicator of perimenopause, also known as the time when a woman is approaching menopause. In most cases, the causes of missed periods are linked to conditions that disrupt the balance of sex hormones within the body.

What Are The Symptoms Of Missed Period?

The symptoms of a missed period can be subtle, however, serious if left unchecked. The following symptoms are important not to miss:

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Sudden Changes in Weight
  • Fatigue or Dizziness

Reasons Of Missed Period

Reasons Of Missed Period

A range of factors can affect your menstrual cycle and cause irregularities or even missed periods. The most common causes are pregnancy, breastfeeding, and changes in birth control methods or types of birth control. The onset of menopause is another common cause of having a missed period. However, if you’ve ruled these culprits out, then there could be something more serious going on in your body. Below are some of the underlying health concerns that are linked to this condition:

  • Lack of Adequate Nutrition
  • Stress
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Certain Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs
  • Extreme Weight Loss
  • Rapid Extreme Weight Gain
  • Over-exercising
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Hormonal Imbalance
  • Thyroid Gland Disorder
  • Tumors of the Brain or Ovaries

What Are The Best Ways To Treat Missed Periods?

Treat Missed Periods

Missing a period may or may not be cause for alarm. However, it is a signal that something needs to be changed with regards to your lifestyle habits. If your missed period is due to extreme weight gain or weight loss, extreme exercise, or poor nutrition from meals, then make it a priority to get back on the right track.

Eat balanced meals and take a quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. It is important to stay hydrated and find a healthy balance with regards to exercise. Any more than one hour of high-intensity or strenuous exercise can do more harm than good for your body.

Schedule a consultation with a nutritionist and fitness coach, so that they can guide you towards a healthier lifestyle. If you suspect you are at risk for something more serious, make sure to get a full physical.
Your peace of mind depends on your ability to act fast and seek medical diagnosis. Many health concerns are easily treated if detected early!

What Should Women Do To Prevent Missed Periods?

When trying to prevent missed periods and promote regularity of your menstrual cycle. Your best bet is to follow the treatment guidelines above and pay close attention to your body. A missed period is always trying to tell you that something in your lifestyle is causing you harm, and it’s important to listen and make necessary changes. Consult with your doctor on what you can do to keep your menstruation normal and get a regular check- ups. Inquire about any prescription medications or birth control pills to see if there is an option better suited to you.

What about Birth Control?

About Birth Control

Is it safe to miss a period on birth control? The answer to this can vary depending on your lifestyle and the type of birth control you are currently on. While it is common for periods to be slightly late when taking birth control, a missed period that extends for up to six weeks becomes a serious concern. The type of birth control can certainly be the key factor to your period being late. Specific brands including Mirena IUV and Depo-Provera are linked to period irregularities. However, the causes can be the same as for women who are not currently on the pill. Emotional issues, stress, poor diet, inadequate sleep, high-intensity activity, prescription medications, and other illnesses like the flu or a sinus cold can also play a factor. Women on birth control should be even more conscientious and ensure that they seek medical evaluation to rule out any other serious causes.

Conclusion

Missing a period is always a little bit disconcerting, but it doesn’t always have to be cause for anxiety. Remember to listen to your body, get regular check-ups, eat healthily and exercise within a normal range. Keep track of your regular menstrual schedule, so that you can recognize right away when something is not right. You can’t put a price on good health, so make a conscious effort to take care of yourself!

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Peony C Echavez

Peony is a registered nurse and former Director of Nursing services for a large nursing facility. She has written web content for a lar

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