Have you noticed a change in your menstrual cycle?

At some point in your life, you are likely to experience irregularities in your menstrual cycle. If you don’t pay attention to your menstrual cycle, it is much more difficult to notice when it is off, which is why it’s always a good idea to keep track with an app or a calendar. In some cases, an irregular period could indicate a serious problem, but there are also many common, everyday things that can impact your period, including:

#1. Exercise

If you’ve recently started working out, or you’ve started a more strenuous workout, you may notice a delay in your period. This is because, when you put your body through an intense workout, it will perceive the increase in exercise as a stressor. Additionally, if you’ve lost a lot of fat, it can also affect your menstrual cycle because your body needs a certain amount of fat in order to ovulate.

#2. Weight Gain

Just as losing too much fat can affect your menstrual cycle, so can weight gain. If you gain a lot of weight in a short amount of time, your ovaries will actually start producing increased amounts of testosterone, which can affect your cycle.

#3. Stress

While daily stressors, such as deadlines at work, probably won’t have too much of an impact on your cycle, extreme stress can lead to irregular periods. Extreme stress puts your body into the “fight or flight” response, which represses your body’s ability to reproduce. This is actually an evolutionary response to prevent reproduction when you are in a threatening situation or environment.

Learn about more common things that can impact your period when you stay tuned for the next blog by our OBGYN in Bradenton.