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Does Stress Cause A Missed Period or Is It Just Delayed?

By January 19, 2012 - 11:30pm
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Hello, I am a 25 year old female who has recently missed a period this past December. Since this has never happened to me before I wanted to seek some advice about stress related to a missed period.
For starters my boyfriend and I do not use condoms, I do not use hormone contraceptives of any kind and never have, I usually get heavy periods but they are usually always on time give or take a day or two, my boyfriend and I use the withdrawal method and I have never missed a period before. The first thing I did was try to rule out pregnancy as recommended which I'm sure I have done since I've taken 8 hpt and they have all been negative and now I'm trying to rule out stress.

I have also examined all the other reasons why a healthy woman like myself would suddenly miss a period and the only one that seemed to make sense was stress. So now my question: If it is stress that causes a missed period then how soon should my period return? Does this simply mean it's just very late? How late could it be before I have to begin to worry?
The month of November things happened that could have gotten me pregnant but I still got my period, it was a few days late and a little heavy and I felt no discomfort or pain like I usually do, but nonetheless it did show up. Could stress cause my period to skip multiple months or should I be looking at other explanations? I have been relaxing my mind about it since stress could be a cause but I still have questions about it...anyone? By the way I'm 2 months late...

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Hi ]]>BELOVED@86]]>,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Stress and Anxiety can cause you to have delayed ovulation. When you don’t ovulate at your normal time, this can mess up the regular timing of your menstrual cycle,  Excessive weight loss or weight gain, Rigorous Exercise, Medication, Problems with your thyroid, Uterine scarring. Because you have a missed period for two months and a negative HPT.  You should consider seeing an OBGYN.




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