Stress and changing menstrual cycles Stress and changing menstrual cycles

Stress and changing menstrual cycles

For her 6 August, 2017 Isabel Vallejo


Stress in women can lead to hormonal changes and can alter the menstrual cycle, even causing them to stop menstruating (amenorrhea).

Chemical imbalances caused by stress can lead to late periods, to shorter cycles or can stop periods from happening, leading to other health consequences such as bone calcification and even infertility.

A woman’s menstrual cycle is determined by the release of the GnRH hormone. When a stressful crisis or chronic stress occurs, however, this affects this hormone causing it to be released constantly. Menstrual cycles can then begin to experience effects such as:

  • Bloating and sharp pain in the lower abdomen.
  • Fatigue and excessive drowsiness during the day.
  • No longer having a period.
  • Aggravated premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

A helpful way to avoid the consequences mentioned above include fighting stress by practicing healthy habits that help relieve everyday stressors. Some effective strategies for doing this include getting regular exercise, practicing meditation and relaxation techniques, and finding opportunities and time for leisure activities and hobbies.