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Missing your period is a scary thought for some mothers who believe their childbearing days are over. However, not all missed periods are due to pregnancy.
Before you freak out, you must know that there are many reasons why women miss their periods.
The most common reasons for a missed period are related to stress, physical illness, excessive exercise, and eating disorders. If you miss your period and aren’t pregnant, you should see a health care professional because some lifestyle changes may be needed. Some women have had irregular and unpredictable periods for years, and for them, irregular is their regular.
You might enjoy a missed period and think it’s not a big deal, but there are a number of reasons why you should make an immediate visit to your doctor.
Here are some possible conditions that can affect your period:
These are treatable, but should not be ignored. If you are wondering if your period is irregular, missed or not, I suggest keeping a menstrual calendar. A menstrual cycle is measured from the first day of your current period to the first day of your next period.
Be sure to jot down the way you feel and the symptoms you are experiencing throughout the month. If you notice an unusual period pattern, you should share it with your physician or Health Care Provider (HCP). If you experience less than 6 periods a year, you should definitely visit your HCP.
Always.com also has a very helpful article on tracking your menstrual cycle, which provides helpful guidance and information.