You SHOULD know about these 3 reasons of irregular menstrual cycles!
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1. A week or so can be delayed for no apparent reason.
It is true that most women have a constant menstrual cycle length. However, it is not a problem at all for a week or so of change in cycle length. It is said that if it is more than 8 days late from the expected date, it can be regarded as late. If you usually go through a 27-day cycle a month, you can consider it normal even after a 33~34-day cycle the next month.
2. Let's see if these 8 cases apply to you.
There are a number of reasons the cycle may be delayed or temporarily stopped.
a. Pregnancy: This is the first item to check if your period doesn't start.
b. Age: Women who are near puberty or menopause often have irregular menstrual cycles due to inconsistent hormones. The body of puberty prepares to enter the period of reproductive potential. So, it takes some time for the hormone secretion to become constant. Women who are pre-menopausal start to drop estrogen levels, causing their periods to start late or early.
c. Stress: Prolonged stress can lead to delayed periods. The physiological mechanism comes from the pituitary gland or the ovary.
d. Weight: If you are underweight, it may affect your reproductive function. A lower body fat percentage can interfere with normal estrogen secretion. This can cause your period to be delayed or even stop altogether.
e. Body Mass Index (BMI): According to “the American Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,” the ‘healthy BMI' ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. If your BMI is 18.5 or less, your period can stop.
f. Changes in hormonal contraceptives: Oral contraceptives are aimed at altering and disrupting the menstrual cycle. All menstrual cycle changes caused by hormonal contraception are temporary and do not correlate with the body's actual ability to secrete hormones. If you change your method of contraception or start taking birth control pills for the first time, your menstrual cycle may change for a while adjusting to the newly set “normal”.
g. Sudden health problems: “Monochrome, cold, flu, and streptococcal infection affect the menstrual cycle. Basically anything that affects your health can affect and slow your menstrual cycle.”
h. Original health problems: Hormonal imbalances related to more chronic conditions, such as the thyroid gland or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), may be the cause.
3. How to get your menstrual cycle back on track
To have a regular menstrual cycle, you need to take care of your health. A well-balanced diet containing less processed foods, 8 hours of sleep a day, regular exercise, and stress management routine are recommended.
In particular, women who are about to menopause should try to keep a healthy lifestyle as much as possible. Most doctors don't recommend finding the cause for a one-time delay, but it is recommended to keep a record of your menstrual cycle and seeing a doctor if it continues to be abnormal.
If you do not have periods for 3 months, or if you have less than 9 periods per year, or if your period is more than 35 days, you should go to the hospital. The menstrual cycle is a good indicator of women's health. If your periods are often irregular or start late, check every aspect of your lifestyle and make the appropriate changes.
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