Okay, let’s start with me acknowledging that I have irregular menstrual cycles. They say it will get better once you age, but I have been menstruating for 16 years and … nothing changed. -sigh!
One day, I read an article saying that this problem will abate once you get married. Do you believe in that? Somehow I do.
So, here’s the story of how I started to miss my period.
The moment when I say “yes”, the stressful journey begins. I get so stressed thinking about catering, wedding dress, venue, wedding gift and all other things. -bridezilla. I became more stressed out when my period started to occur irregularly.
Instead of my usual 30-day gap, my period became only 20 days apart. It continued for over 2 months and about a month before my wedding day, she decided to just avoid me suddenly.
So, the waiting continued and after 40 days, still no news. There were no period cramps, but breast tenderness and bloating especially around your tummy area -water retention, really does bother me a lot.
A week after the big day, I decided to see a doctor and that is the time when miss P says “Hello”. That is also the moment I figured that stress can be a major reason why I missed my period.
1 Take a chill pill
I did some readings about this and found out that the female reproductive system can be affected if we worry excessively.
Stress certainly plays a role in suppressing the functioning of the hypothalamus, which controls the pituitary gland -body’s master gland, which controls the thyroid and adrenal glands and the ovaries.
Ovarian dysfunction may lead to a problem with estrogen production, ovulation or other reproductive processes. Estrogen is an important hormone that helps build the uterine lining and prepares the body for pregnancy. If ovaries aren’t working properly, the menstrual cycle might be affected as well, including missed periods or irregular periods.
Since then, I started to control my anxiety by doing breathing exercise and practice viewingstressful situations from a more positive perspective.
Everything seemed to be on track until my period went off again. It had been almost 50 days since my last period. The first thing that crossed my mind was, “am I pregnant?” But the pregnancy test came out negative. What have I done wrong this time?
So I went to see a doctor to do a test to see if there was something wrong with me. Then only was I told that it is absolutely normal for a married woman to miss her period.
2. Sex is just another workout
We hear all the time that sex is a greatworkout, but how is it related to my missed period? Well, working out is great for you but if you pushed yourself too hard, your body can struggle to produce enough estrogen to complete its menstrual cycle, resulting in missed periods.
There is no medication to cure me this time so how do I get through with this? I decided to change my everyday routine. I sleep and wake up early. I do stretching every morning to educate my mind and body, this will be our new routine.
Not only it kept my body fit but also prepared myself for the next… -you know what I mean.
I was told by the doctor that exercise alone is not enough, I have to change my diet too. There is a possibility of me eating too much junk food or late night snacks which may contribute to my irregular menstrual cycles.
3 Fish are friend and food
I was told even if you fill your menu with healthy, nutrient-rich foods, eating too much or too little can affect your hormones and lead to changes in your cycle or worse, missing your period. In order to prevent it from happening,you need to maintain your energy intake that is appropriate for your body size and gaining or losing weight gradually instead of rapidly.
Since then, I try to eat fish at least 2 or 3 times a week because according to astudy, women consuming extra omega-3 (can be found in fish, nuts, and seeds) experienced significantly less anxiety, bloating, depression, headache, and breast tenderness before their periods than women who don’t.
I’m not saying these will cure my irregular menstruation instantly but at least until today, I have rarely missed my period and to be honest, I hardly suffer from period cramps too. Which is why I believe, even if you are missing your period, you shouldn’t be worried too soon - yet.