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Here are some of the most common reasons that periods may be irregular:
- You’ve just started menstruating. If you only recently got your period, it can take up to a year or more for your hormones to properly regulate. That means that you may have to wait anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months between your first few periods.
- If you’ve been under a lot of stress. Stress can really effect hormones and female cycles. If you’ve recently started a new job, moved towns or gone through a bad breakup, this may be the reason you’re missing a period.
- If you have started birth control recently. Hormone based birth control can stop your period completely in some cases or simply make it irregular for the first few months as your body adjusts.
- If you’ve changed birth control recently. Changing between two types of birth control, even if they’re similar, can throw your cycle out.
- If you’ve recently had a baby or miscarriage. It’s possible to fall pregnant but lose the baby so early that the miscarriage just seems like a normal period. This can throw off your cycle for a few months in some cases. Formula feeding mums can have no cycle for up to a year, and breastfeeding mothers can go as long as 2-3 years if they practice extended breastfeeding.
- If you’ve started a new diet or stopped eating as much. Changes in your diet can effect your period. If you’ve recently gone on a weight loss diet, or simply have stopped eating as much out of stress or business, this can impact on your period.
- If you have a medical problem.Sometimes different female reproductive issues can delay your period or make it irregular. If you’re experiencing ongoing issues or unusual pain then it’s important to check with your doctor. One common example is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which can stop some women having periods for months or years.
- If you’re pregnant. If no other reason fits, it’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test just to be sure that you’re not pregnant. First response pregnancy tests (right) allow you to get a result as early as 6 days before your next period is due.
- If you have low iron. Low iron can often delay a period.
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