When you miss your period, what is your first thought? If you are like most women, you would think that you are pregnant, right? This is not always the case. Most women have between 11-13 periods per year, but others have less. Missing a period does not automatically mean that you are pregnant. There are a few different reasons as to why you may be experiencing this.
During the first few years that you have your period they can be irregular until the hormones of puberty balance themselves out. They can also be irregular for this reason towards menopause. If you miss a period, treat yourself as if you are pregnant first until you have ruled it out. If you find that you are not pregnant, consider these other options:
1. Excessive weight loss or gain
2. Medications that you are taking
3. Emotional stress
4. Radically increased exercise
6. Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
7. Hormone problems
9. Breast feeding
10. Illegal drug use
11. Problems with reproductive organs
Even if you are missing your period due to any of these factors, you can still become pregnant. Birth control is still needed if you do not wish to become pregnant.
Sometimes you can have premature ovarian failure which can cause missed periods. This can be caused by chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy to the abdomen and pelvis.
If you have skipped a period, do not freak out. The cycle will return to normal the next month, and if it does not you can go to see your OB/GYN to try and get a diagnosis for what could be causing the missed periods.