A Missed Period doesn't always Mean Pregnancy

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 12, 2014

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You have missed your periods and the first thought that crosses your mind is "I am pregnant!". Well, it may or may not be. There are some other reasons that can caused you to miss your periods and they have nothing to do with pregnancy.
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    Relax, You aren’t Necessarily Pregnant

    For most of us a missed period decodes to be pregnancy but actually it isn’t the case many-a-times. However, a missed period could indicate some significant changes in your body and hormonal balance which should be paid serious attention to. Stress, lifestyle changes or diet are some of the many reasons that may cause irregular periods in some women. But, if you are below the age of 50, a pregnancy test is the first thing you should get after you have missed a period. Here are some causes of irregular or missed periods that have nothing to do with pregnancy.

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    Stress

    Worries related to too much work or other thins in life stimulate the stress hormones that are responsible for proper or improper production of oestrogen and progesterone in the body. This causes your blood circulation to become irregular and the menstrual cycle to get disturbed.

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    Diet

    Unbalanced food, inadequate nutrition or starving yourself to lose weight also causes your menstruation to become irregular. You should always choose a meal which includes lot of nutritious elements so that your hormonal levels are in check.

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    Cyst

    Ovarian cyst is a big concern that may give your menstruation a miss. Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form in the ovaries. They are very common, particularly common during the childbearing years. Painful or abnormal menstruation is a strong symptom of having an ovarian cyst.

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    Diseases and Medicines

    Long-term diseases and powerful antibiotics can also make you miss your periods. They affect the process of ovulation by impacting the levels of oestrogen and progesterone production. If you have been combating an illness and are missing your periods, do let your doctor know about it.

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    Too Much Exercise

    Working out too much can take a toll on oestrogen and progesterone hormones which help in keeping the menstruation process normal. When you exercise excessively, the amount of oestrogen in your body increases and changing your periods.

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    Obesity

    Weight that is more than average or more than your BMI raises the production of oestrogen in your body. When there are irregularities in the levels of this hormone, your menstruation gets bore on. Trust us, even a humble weight loss will help you take control of your “that time of the month.”

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    Excessive Fatigue

    When there is a lack of food, water, and rest in your daily routine, your menstruation is bound to be affected because the body's systems are interrelated. It is thus important to keep yourself fulfilled and take adequate rest. Women must also get a sound sleep for at least 8 hours each night.

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