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You think pregnancy is the only cause of a missed period? Nah.

Once upon a time, I was also in your shoes (no thanks to Nollywood) but now I know better. It is time to bring you onboard that same knowledge plane. Ready for take-off?

1. Stress

This has to be the number one reason many women miss their periods. It does not have to be physical stress alone. It could also be emotional. When you are straining yourself, it is only natural that your body will respond.

2. Chronic diseases

Really serious diseases like diabetes can cause hormonal changes that end up messing with your menstrual cycle.

3. Intense exercise

I already covered the fact that strenuous activity can be the cause of your irregular periods. Likewise, an intense exercise regimen can cause hormonal changes that affect your period.

4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Relatively common, PCOS is a condition in women where they produce an excess of the male hormone- androgen. The effect is that they form cysts in the ovary which can alter their regular periods. This condition has also been linked to difficulty in conception.

5. Thyroid issues

It is all about the hormones. When your thyroid is either overactive or underactive (through no fault of yours), it can create surges or dips in your hormones that affect your period.

I am sure you have gathered that anything that is capable of affecting your hormonal balance is capable of affecting your period. However, do not assume. It is always best to see a doctor and be advised on the best course of treatment.

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