Missed period? Blessing or curse?
We don’t love getting periods, for sure, but when it goes missing for one, two, or worse, three months in a row we go crazy! It’s a peculiar relationship dynamic we women build up with this phenomenon over time. Even though we don’t enjoy the blood, the discomfort, the cramps and the mood swings, we at least would like to be sure when we are going to see them next. This is why our mind goes through all kinds of possibilities and crazy theories when we miss the period. Here are the top 10 thoughts that play on a woman’s mind. We are sure you would agree.
1. Am I pregnant?
This is most certainly the first thing that will come to a woman’s mind, even if she has followed all the precautions. We know none of these methods is fool-proof and unplanned pregnancy is a real issue. So we run to the drugstore for an at-home pregnancy test kit, just to be sure.
2. Is it the pills?
If we are not pregnant and are on birth control pills then the next thought involves cursing the meds. Although these low-dose oestrogen pills or hormonal IUDs don’t stop the periods altogether, they sure can create chaos with the cycle for some time and it’s normal.
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3. Is it my thyroid?
We don’t like thyroid either, but this gland is important for keeping our hormones sane. So when our period goes missing and we have been feeling tired with weight gain and too much hair fall we invariably think that the thyroid gland is responsible for this. A quick visit to the gynaecologist can fix this problem in no time.
4. Am I developing PCOS?
With a sedentary lifestyle, work pressure and wrong diet come the dreaded Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This problem is so common these days that when skipped periods accompany weight gain, acne break-outs and abnormal hair growth on face and chest, we fear that PCOS is coming to get us.
5. Am I getting fat?
It’s not just a rhetorical question for the boyfriends, if we can’t fit into the old jeans for some time now and then the period goes missing for months, we get the picture. But thank god, all we have to do is to lose some flab here and there and switch to a smart diet to get the cycle back to normal. At least now we got a solid reason to hit the gym.
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6. Am I breaking too much sweat?
Womanhood is difficult. If we are on a quest to lose too much weight in too little time, and virtually live in the gym and have developed an eating disorder to get a perfect 10 figure, then most often the missed period is a way of our body telling us to catch a breath and work on the BMI level.
7. Am I going to hit menopause?
Sometimes menopause hits earlier than we think, and heading for the change is even worse than having painful periods. When we are in our mid-30s and period comes and goes on its whim, our mind goes crazy that it’s a sign we are *really* getting old.
8. Am I getting sick?
If we are done searching high and low for the reason behind missing periods and couldn’t find any, we think maybe there is some underlying disease we have developed in the body. Maybe we are sick on something and we don’t even know it, probably the period vanished to warn us.
9. Am I sleeping less?
If we have been sleeping deprived lately or have trouble sleeping and the period gets skipped we think we need to do something about it. However, we are most often right about this. Not having enough sleep not only messes up our cycle but the rest of the system as well.
10. Am I stressed?
Maybe it’s a work thing or maybe it’s because of the chaos in our personal life, stress affects our period cycle. If it really is the reason for missed periods then we must take a reality check and find a way to keep stress under control.
But girl, this list is not exhaustive and it sure is not a substitute for medical advice. If you are missing your periods, you must go see your doctor.