4) Recreational drugs
The use of recreational drugs can have an impact on your period. If you are trying for a baby, using illicit drugs can also contribute to fertility or ovulation issues and problems during pregnancy.
explains that illegal drugs ‘can have a potentially serious effect on your unborn baby’ and if you use them regularly ‘it’s best not to stop abruptly without first seeking medical advice.’
14) Having a baby
If you’ve had a baby recently then it will make your periods irregular or non-existent initially. Hormone
levels do not go back to normal immediately after birth and the hormones which usually regulate our periods are less important during this busy time for your body.
If you are breastfeeding this is likely to mess with your periods. Both having a baby recently and breastfeeding have a hefty impact on our body’s hormones.
Breastfeeding mothers begin ovulation after birth much later. Prolactin, the hormone responsible for the secretion of milk suppresses the process of ovulation which means while a mother is breastfeeding, prolactin will remain in the body, affecting the ovulation process. Only once a successful ovulation cycle is completed will you start menstruating again.
17) Thyroid problems
Your thyroid helps control your menstrual cycle so if you have had or think you may have thyroid issues then this could be affecting your periods. Women’s Health
explains that if you have too much or too little thyroid hormone then this can make periods very light, heavy or irregular. Thyroid disease also causes Amenorrhea
, a conditionwhere your periods stop for several months or more.
18) Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal problem that affects about 10 million people in the world, according to the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Awareness Association (PCOSAA).
People with PCOS typically have non-existent or irregular periods. It is a leading cause of female infertility and is responsible for a number of symptoms that can affect the body physically and emotionally. If you believe this might be the cause of your late period, it is advised you contact a doctor.
20) Premature menopause
happens when a woman’s periods stop before the age of 45. Premature menopause can be caused naturally by abnormalities, autoimmune diseases or infections. Premature menopause may also be brought on due to cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy or by a hysterectomy (an operation to remove the womb).
As well as irregular period other symptoms of early menopause can include:
- hot flushes
- vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex
- difficulty sleeping
- low mood or anxiety
- reduced sex drive
The traditional menopause should occur in women of 45-55 years of age. The average age of menopause is 51. The ‘Menopause is the point when a woman’s body stops producing and releasing eggs. Doctors often define the menopause as when a woman has not had a period for 12 months or more’ says Wellbeing of Women
, a charity dedicated to improving the health of women. The symptoms are the same as premature menopause.