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By Anonymous September 11, 2015 - 11:36am
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So I can on on the 22nd of August for 5 days, then again on the 10th of Sept. I'm normally very regular so this is unusual.
I have been stressed and tired a lot lately but could it be something else?

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Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question.

Emotional stress can definitely affect your menstrual cycle. But there are a host of other potential reason. If there is no reason to suspect pregnancy is the cause, below are some addition reasons to consider:

  • Excessive weight loss or gain. Although low body weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause menstrual problems.
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. For more information, see the topic Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa.
  • Increased exercise. Missed periods are common in endurance athletes.
  • Illness.
  • Travel.
  • Medicines such as birth control methods, which may cause lighter, less frequent, more frequent, or skipped periods or no periods at all.
  • Hormone problems. This may cause a change in the levels of the hormones that the body needs to support menstruation.
  • Illegal drug use.

I hope this helps.

Be well,


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