Hopefully, around the time you entered puberty, a trusted female sat you down and told you all about menstruation. To understand the reasons behind a missed period, you must first understand the reason for the period in the first place. Women shed their uterine (endometrial) lining to rid the body of an unused egg from ovulation, on average every 28 days and eleven to thirteen times a year. To be honest, this doesn’t occur very frequently. Some women never get a regular menstruation cycle, they get them every week or twice a year, and there is no known cause. Below are the more common reasons for a missed period, for the “average” lady.
Pregnancy is the obvious cause, but not always the case. If your ovulation egg was fertilized, the hormones will protect the egg from being shed during a normal cycle. If the egg is shed (which does happen) after ovulation, that is a miscarriage. Find out if you are pregnant with a simple trip to the grocery store for an E.P.T. test, they are just as accurate if used properly as a doctor’s test.
Peri-menopause or menopause means you have basically run out of eggs to drop and you stop ovulating. Many women start out having less frequent periods, and lighter periods. This usually doesn’t occur until after the age of 40, if it occurs before then, it is usually Premature Ovarian Failure. This is very rare, and any of these reasons are best determined by a doctor.
A simple hormone imbalance can cause your body to become very confused. This may be caused by breastfeeding or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The hormone imbalance brought on by P.C.O.S. is because of the cysts that grow on the ovaries, causing too much testosterone and too little estrogen to be produced. Taking a birth control pill can usually even out your cycle again.
For some reason, our female bodies are very sensitive. Too much stress, too much exercise, too little body fat, or a full moon can cause us to miss a period. If it is very late and you cannot be pregnant and you are worried, call your gynecologist to help you get some answers.
Remember, it’s not unusual to miss a period. It is far more unusual to have a perfectly timed menstruation cycle. It is important to state one fact: you can always assume that you will still get pregnant even if you are not having a period. Ovulation can be sneaky sometimes.