3) Heavy stress on the body
A change in job, a move, divorce, death, frequent travel across different time zones, lawsuits, accidents and other major stressors greatly affect the proper function of the hormones in the body. The female hormones estrogen and progesterone are particulary affected.
Many women who undergo prolonged periods of stress notice changes to their menstrual cycle, including more frequent periods. While this bodily change is not convenient, the cycles do tend to normalize once the stress lets up or dissipates.
Talk to your health care provider if your periods are coming closer together or you are noticing more bleeding and even heavier bleeding.
While changes in stress, lifestyle, travel or weight may be to blame, it is important to rule out more significant health challenges as well.
Reviewed June 23, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
1) Hill A. (2011). Endometrial Polyps. Retrieved on June 20, 2016.
2) Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014). Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle Fact Sheet. Retrieved on June 21, 2016.
3) Urmi S, Begum S, Fariduddin M, Begum SA, Mahmud T, Banu J, Chowdhury S, and Khanam A. (2015). Hypothyroidism and its Effect on Menstrual Pattern and Fertility. Retrieved on June 20, 2016.