If you missed your period and you dont know why, don’t worry! We’re here to help.
This post will cover what amenorrhea is and how it manifests. It will also discuss the possible causes of the condition and how to treat it if necessary. So whether your period has stopped because you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, because of some other medical condition, or for another reason entirely, read on to find out more about this puzzling subject. Before we begin, let us first explain that amenorrhea means three specific things:
No period for over 90 days.
The period is late (by more than 10 days).
A Person Is Above 15 And Haven’t Menstruated.
No Period a month or two after the first period. (There is no reason to worry about here, it is normal for first-timers.)
What Is Amenorrhea (Missed Period)?
Amenorrhea is the inability to menstruate, in a month or more.
Primary Amenorrhea refers to the inability to menstruate by a female at age 15 or pass. The known causes of primary amenorrhea relate to hormone levels, although anatomical problems also can cause amenorrhea.
Secondary Amenorrhea is the inability to menstruate for40 to 90days. Pregnancy causes secondary amenorrhea, although problems with hormones also can cause secondary amenorrhea.
Amenorrhea can be caused by many different factors, ranging from medical conditions to lifestyle choices. While it’s common for a woman’s period to come every month or two, if this doesn’t happen after over 90 days, it’s most likely that you have a problem.
The Reasons For Missed Period (Amenorrhea).
Have you ever stopped menstruating for a while and wondered why? It may be because you are pregnant because your body needs to go through a transformation after giving birth, or because of other reasons that doctors can find an answer for. While many women have periods that stop for several months at a time, others only experience two or three bad periods in their lifetime.
There are numerous causes for amenorrhea. Some of the most common are:
- Medical causes of amenorrhea include irregular hormone production, which can lead to a loss of ovulation. Age is also a factor in menstrual cycles and can cause irregular periods. Hair loss (including from birth control pill use) can also cause irregular periods.
- Sleeping disorders (hypersomnia) and insomnia can also cause irregular periods because of frequent urination.
- An underactive thyroid (usually caused by hyperactivity or hypothyroidism) can cause irregular periods.
- Pregnancy causes amenorrhea because of hormonal changes, as well as the increased metabolic needs during pregnancy. In some cases, amenorrhea has been reported even in pregnancy due to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Lactation also has a similar effect, as the body is producing more hormones during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Stress is also known to cause irregular periods, although this effect may vary.
- Thyroid imbalance can cause irregular periods because the hormonal levels are not under your control. This can be caused by a thyroid problem, such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, or from low levels of thyroid hormone due to taking certain medications, such as those used to treat colds or other problems.
- Breastfeeding causes amenorrhea. This happens because of the hormonal changes involved in nursing infants, which is often caused by the release of human breast milk.
- Miscarriage can also cause amenorrhea as well if a woman miscarries after her period has already stopped. If this is the case, you need to see a doctor to check for any underlying issues such as an undiagnosed infection or other medical conditions that could be causing it.
- Zona pellucida causes amenorrhea in some women, which is a thin layer of tissue that surrounds the egg and ovum.
- Another condition called Anovulation means that you don’t release eggs during your menstrual cycle, and it is caused by hormonal imbalances often caused by stress, medications or diet. This particular condition requires medical attention because it can lead to infertility problems.
- Infection or Inflammation When a woman has an infection or inflammation of the uterus, she will usually experience irregular periods or even complete missed periods during this time. This is why it is very important to see a doctor if you cannot remember when you last had a period. In fact, most women who experience missed periods for this reason will have symptoms associated with infection or inflammation before they stop bleeding. Some women experience weeks of abnormal bleeding while others only have one period and then stop altogether. This is known as secondary amenorrhea, and it’s usually caused by an infection or inflammation of the uterus.
- Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control Pills) Sometimes women who take oral contraceptives (birth control pills) will experience missed periods for many months. In rare cases, this can go on for years. While this is a serious medical condition, it is relatively rare and usually only happens in women who have had oral contraceptives for extended periods of time. Oral contraceptives act to stop ovulation by thickening the cervical mucus and preventing pregnancy by making it harder to release an egg from the ovary.Women who take oral contraceptives will usually need to change their dosage or even quit taking them upon stopping menstrual bleeding.
- Hormonal Imbalances can cause amenorrhea in some people because your body’s endocrine system regulates the release of hormones. Even a small hormonal imbalance caused by stress or diet can cause a disruption in the menstrual cycle and prevent ovulation, for example. Pseudo Pregnancy is when a woman thinks she is pregnant, but she is not. While this condition does not prevent you from having children, it does require medical attention and diagnosis.
How To Restore Your Period.
If your periods have stopped for over 90 days, you will need to see a doctor. It could be that you have an underactive thyroid or another medical condition that needs treatment along with or instead of the standard interventions. In most cases, you will need to consult a specialist and have tests done in order to find out whether hormonal imbalance is the cause of your lack of menstruation.
If you’ve been experiencing amenorrhea for less than 90 days. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to treat your amenorrhea. The following tips should help:
- Take care of the root cause. For example, if your periods stop because you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), then it’s essential to get treatment for this condition if you want them to start again. Likewise, if you are experiencing hormonal problems or an irregular period due to stress or diet, then these factors should be addressed right away as well.
- Change sleeping habits. If you are suffering from insomnia due to sleeping problems, then simply changing your sleeping habits can help. This can involve the purchase of a new mattress if you are sleeping on an uncomfortable one, or even making some changes in how you sleep during the day.
- Exercise regularly. Try getting some exercise every day and try to aim for 15 or 20 minutes of exercise every day (including at least 5 minutes of walking). Exercise can also help with stress and improve sleep, which are both factors in amenorrhea.
- Take a multivitamin. This can help to restore vitamins or minerals that your body needs to correct irregularities in your cycle. It’s best to speak with your doctor or a nutritionist before you take an iron supplement, however. If it’s the cause of your problem, then you should not take any vitamin containing iron.
- Visit your doctor. If your doctor suspects that you have an underlying condition causing irregular periods, then they should be the ones to confirm this and determine the best course of action for you. Your medical professional will also be able to provide a treatment plan for any underlying conditions.
- Have your blood taken. If your periods are irregular for other reasons, then it’s essential to obtain a blood test in order to determine how much iron is in your body. If you have low levels of iron, then you should take supplements that contain iron or eat more foods rich in iron.
- Get checked for an infection. Since your periods stop because of an infective or inflammatory problem, it’s possible that this condition is causing your lack of menstruation. If this is the case, then you should contact your doctor as soon as possible and be diagnosed by a specialist.
- Take a prenatal vitamin. If you have been trying to get pregnant, then you may be able to trigger ovulation by taking a prenatal vitamin. This will help to regulate your menstrual cycle and cause ovulation, although it’s not recommended for amenorrhea without the supervision of a medical professional.
- Change your diet. If you’ve been eating too much sugar or processed foods, then it’s important to change these as soon as possible. Take some time to look through your food and make sure you are eating the right types of foods so that you can achieve a healthier diet.
- Exercise regularly. If you are not exercising regularly, then start doing something every day for 15 or 20 minutes in order to get your heart rate up and improve strength and stamina.