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wibblywobblytimeywimey Wed 26-Sep-12 22:32:36

http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/general_health/1574176-Can-depression-affect-periods-Help-me-Im-going-out-of-my-mind

wibblywobblytimeywimey Wed 26-Sep-12 22:33:12

oooooops www.mumsnet.com/Talk/general_health/1574176-Can-depression-affect-periods-Help-me-Im-going-out-of-my-mind

squeakytoy Wed 26-Sep-12 22:37:35

Well yes, any kind of stress can affect your cycle. It could even just be one of those blips that happens.

What age are you?

AFingerofFudge Wed 26-Sep-12 22:38:08

sorry, don't really know but didn't want to leave unanswered!! have you suffered from depression before?? If not and it's come out of the blue, then maybe it is related to all the other stuff going on in your body, maybe hormones or something.
sorry it's not really a help, but hope you get it sorted

gordyslovesheep Wed 26-Sep-12 22:39:24

see you GP x

wibblywobblytimeywimey Wed 26-Sep-12 22:41:23

Hey, thanks for the replies. Yes I've had depression on and off my whole life. I'm 27 and used to be depressed and anorexic. I've been free of both for three years until now.

I did notice the depressed feelings started around the same time as the other stuff but while the physical stuff has stayed constant, the feelings of sadness and plain exhaustion with the world have got much worse.

hiddenhome Wed 26-Sep-12 23:21:57

I stopped ovulating when I was pregnant. I also missed my periods after my first dh died (must have been shock), so the mind can affect your cycle.

Is your depression being treated?

NeverHaveIEver Wed 26-Sep-12 23:37:40

PMDD?

ratspeaker Thu 27-Sep-12 09:34:13

hiddenhome nearly everybody stops ovulating when pregnant, thats one of the functions of pregnancy hormones so we dont end up carrying 2 babies with different due dates.
Stress, illness, eating problems etc etc can affect ovulation and periods too

OP I think you need to talk to your doctor especially if you have a history of depression before.
There may be a physical cause making you feel tired, ie aneamia
One of my DD is now on the injection to stop her cycle and is taking regular excerise to try and life her mood

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Thu 27-Sep-12 10:34:19

Yes definately. I suffer from crippling stress and anxiety (being autistic). When it's really bad my periods stop every time.

coffeeinbed Thu 27-Sep-12 10:36:34

Yes it can.
Apparently depression/relationship problems affect fibroids as well.

Latara Thu 27-Sep-12 11:09:21

I have MH problems including Depressive Disorder; been under quite a lot of pressure in my work & personal life over the last 4 years...

A few months ago my period (which normally arrived approx 24th each month) was nearly 2 weeks late - it was worrying because i'd not had sex in the past year!
I was very stressed & anxious at that time for other reasons; then worrying about my period too added extra stress.
Then my period finally arrived & i was so relieved - now they are regular again but arrive approx 2nd of each month.

I got my bloods checked - hormones are fine; & i'm not peri-menopausal (i'm 36 & have a first cousin who got the menopause age 33). I got checked for any other physical health problems by my GP but was fine luckily.

I have had 'Disassociative' physical health problems (basically health problems that are real but have a psychiatric cause rather than an organic, physical cause.) So it seems rational to assume that it was the extra stress & anxiety that month which caused my period to be late.

I'm very relieved - despite the hell of PMT (which causes extreme paranoia & irrationality, depression & agitated behaviour for me) - i'm happy to have periods because it means that when i'm well i can still meet a nice man hopefully to have a baby with.

OP - i recommend you do the same; get all your hormone levels & other bloods checked by your GP, have a physical examination & if nothing is found to be physically wrong then it will put you at ease.
Meanwhile try to relax if possible because it could well be anxiety affecting your menstrual cycle.
Your GP is always the first person you should speak to with any health problems; do change GP if you feel it's necessary. A good GP will understand your worry about your periods.

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