For young girls who have just entered puberty, irregularity in menstrual cycle is quite common and continues for a few years until the hormones start balancing.
The same is true the other way round - women approaching menopause may also get irregular periods or large gaps before their menstruation cycle eventually ends. For married women or those who are sexually active, missing a period is usually the first sign of pregnancy. But its not necessarily true in all cases. Period irregularities are also caused by hormonal imbalance, stress, eating disorders, sudden weight gain, using birth control pills and as a reaction of certain other drugs. Illnesses and issues in the pelvic organs such as the polycystic ovary syndrome also result in period irregularities. If you miss a period and are not pregnant, just relax and don’t fret too much. In most cases, your cycle will return back to normal next month. If the problem persists or you see other symptoms such as excessive weight gain, bowel issues or pelvic pain then consult a gynecologist.
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