Irregular Periods: Causes, Concerns, and Fertility Questions
Surprise! Aunt Flow showed up for an unexpected visit…again. No matter how much you try to plan and be prepared, irregular periods strike when you least expect them. Usually when you’re wearing white.
WHY does this happen? More importantly, what can you do about it? How can you get pregnant with an unpredictable cycle? Keep reading to find out the answers to your burning questions!
What Causes Irregular Periods?
There are many reasons your periods may be irregular. We’ll go into a little detail about each cause.
High levels of Stress.
When your body is under a lot of stress, it will try to conserve energy. It releases cortisol and adrenaline (the “stress” hormones), which take priority over sex hormones like estrogen, luteinizing hormone, and follicle-stimulating hormone.
These are the hormones that prepare the uterus and cause the ovaries to release the egg during ovulation. When you’re stressed, these processed get pushed aside for the more important “emergency” task of dealing with stress.
A diet low in nutrients can cause disruptions in hormones as well. It puts physical stress on your body. Your body then tries to compensate for the lack of nutrients.
If you’ve found yourself having irregular periods, try evaluating your diet. Make sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat good fats like avocado, nuts, and seeds. Choose lean proteins or plant-based proteins.
Low Body Fat
If you are underweight (your BMI is 18 or 19 or lower), you will most likely stop having your period altogether. Body fat is very important for making hormones like estrogen and the other hormones that control the reproductive system.
Again, examine your diet and make sure you’re eating enough of the right nutrient-dense foods. Women should never eat less than 1200 calories a day.
If you need to gain weight, you should aim for at least 2000 calories. If you have a hard time eating that much, try a nutritional supplement in addition to your regular meals.
Too Much Exercise
Excessive exercise can cause irregular periods, too. High-intensity training, training for a marathon, or any type of excess physical exertion can all cause you to stop getting your period.
This is a temporary issue and nothing to worry about. Your period should return as soon as the intensive training and physical exertion slow down to a normal level.
If you have a thyroid issue, it can cause an imbalance in your hormone levels. It is thought that thyroid problems may be the number one cause of missed or irregular periods.
See your doctor to evaluate your thyroid if you suspect you have a thyroid condition. Check out THIS website for symptoms of common thyroid problems.
Discontinuing the Birth Control Pill
Sometimes when you stop the pill, your period can stop as well. Birth Control pills are hormones. They have differing levels of hormone that build and drop off over a 28-day period.
During the first 3 weeks, they have high levels of estrogen which trick your body into thinking it’s pregnant. Usually the 4th week’s pills are sugar pills or iron pills, and that is the week your period will start.
Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is a disorder that can result in hormone imbalances which affect period regularity and ovulation. It can cause acne, blood sugar issues, and weight gain to say the least.
Check out THIS blog for more information on PCOS and fertility.
There are other causes of irregular periods, such as allergies, celiac disease, and other hormonal disorders. Check with your doctor if you’re having irregular periods. They can run tests and let you know if there’s an underlying cause, or if it’s just stress.
How Does This Affect Fertility?
If you’re trying to plan a pregnancy, having irregular periods can make it impossible to determine when you will ovulate. Sometimes you may not ovulate at all, for instance, if you do not have a period.
What can help me become regular?
There are several ways to become regular again. First, as I said before, check with your doctor to see what the underlying cause is.
Another thing to do is reduce your stress. Seek out stress-relieving remedies such as meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy. Change your diet. As mentioned above, make sure you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. If necessary, modify your exercise routine.
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