Five reasons your period came early, according to doctors
Before you stress and ask yourself, ‘Are there things I should know about my period blood?’ ‘Did I break something?’ find out why your period showed up unannounced. Here are five things you should know about your periods, because it could be trying to send you a message.Updated: Feb 07, 2018 09:12 IST
If your menstrual cycle is pretty regular, having a period come early can prompt small (and sometimes large!) bouts of anxiety. Questions arise like: Are there things I should know about my period blood? Is it trying to tell me something? Did I break something?! It’s stressful.
And since we know it can be unnerving to have your body behave in unexpected ways — especially when it comes to your reproductive system — we spoke to gynaecologist, Dr Abhishek Mitra, and obstetrician, Dr Sneha Bansal, to find out why your period may have come early. They explain that lifestyle changes, diet, illness, and even stress can affect when your period arrives.
Here are five reasons your period showed up unannounced.
You have an undiagnosed condition or illness
According to Dr Mitra, “Endometriosis, thyroid conditions, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), and other conditions that can interfere with the hormones in your body, can all cause your period to arrive early.” Speak to your doctor if you feel you need to find out if you’re living with any of these.
If you’ve changed your eating habits or you’re trying to lose weight, the frequency and regularity of your period can be impacted. Dr Mitra says that if you’ve lost too much weight, you may lose your period altogether, but weight loss can also cause your period to come early.
You’re taking medication or the morning-after pill
Anyone who’s been taking the birth control pill for a while knows that if you miss a dose or two, your period will come early. Dr Bansal notes that blood thinners can also cause women to have an early period. This won’t be true in every morning-after pill case, but she explains that “if you take the morning-after pill three or more days before you are due to ovulate, chances are, your period will come earlier.”
You’re approaching menopause
If you’re in your late 40s and in the perimenopausal phase, you may notice that your periods are becoming less predictable, much like they were when you were just beginning to menstruate. “Approaching menopause can definitely cause you period to come early,” says Dr Bansal.
Dr Mitra says, “Mental stress can cause fluctuations in our hormones, which can affect a woman’s cycle.” So if work or school is making you crazy, don’t be surprised to see your menstrual cycle sooner than expected.
At the end of the day, every body is different. If you notice any drastic changes in your menstrual cycle and you’re not sure what’s going on, your best bet is to speak to your doctor immediately. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
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