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lack of sleep

By Anonymous September 8, 2013 - 10:38am
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Can lack of sleep delay menstruation? Im already delayed for 6 days. I was given a night schedule since august and up to now i go to work at night. I struggle having a good night's sleep. Sometimes i only get to have 3hrs of sleep and max of 5or6. Can this be the reason im delayed?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Lack of sleep should not be the cause for a delay period.  But, stress decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. Also, other reasons can be due to medications, ovarian cyst, endometriosis, menopause and many other. If you don't see a period, you might want to discuss it with your OBGYN. 



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