Stress affecting period?

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snackmonster Tue 02-Feb-21 13:35:02

Has anyone had any experiences of stress impacting their periods? I've been quite unusually stressed this month (or perhaps anxiety would be a better description of it). For the past 5 days I've had light brown discharge (from about 4 days before AF was due). It's not unusual for my periods to begin with some brown blood, but I would normally only experience this for 2 days before I get bright red blood and period pains. I just wonder if anyone else has experienced stress causing a their period to be late/or specifically having light brown blood for multiple days? Obviously not expecting anyone to provide me with medical advice, just thought it would be nice to see if someone relates! TIA smile

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Ludo19 Tue 02-Feb-21 14:28:28

I can definitely relate. That happens to me but I did get checked out too to be on the safe side. Plus even if I'm not due, my period starts when I fly......I'm a real weirdo 🙄

snackmonster Tue 02-Feb-21 15:02:43

@Ludo19 that's so funny! I wonder why flying causes your period to come on.
My friend also had spotting instead of her period during a month she was particularly stressed - her period never actually arrived that month. I will definitely see a GP about it if it doesn't arrive as it is unusual for me. I just don't understand what's going on in my body!

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MissSomethingOrOther Tue 02-Feb-21 15:03:07

I track my period via an app, and looking back over the time dealing with a parents illness and bereavement, my periods were all over the place. At the time I thought I was coping well and not stressed, given the situation. Post bereavement I had a period every two weeks for a short while. Then things sort of balanced out and they went back to normal. I think periods are surprisingly sensitive.

MaMaD1990 Tue 02-Feb-21 15:12:24

Yes, this happened to me for a few months before we finally moved house last year. Periods were much closer together and I was also getting terrible stomach cramps to the point of passing out. When we moved house it magically disappeared. Stress does all sorts of weird things to you.

snackmonster Tue 02-Feb-21 16:40:20

@MissSomethingOrOther so sorry to hear that. But yes sounds like periods are easily affected by things going on in our lives! I had no idea they could be that sensitive. This is really the first time I've experienced stress + my natural cycle. I was on the pill for a long time then the last two years I've been off the pill and having really regular periods. But this month I've been in the process of moving house + work + setting up a small business + some financial worries on top of that. I guess my hormones have gone crazy. (My eyelid is literally twitching as I type this, how weird! Lack of sleep maybe playing a part too!)

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snackmonster Tue 02-Feb-21 16:41:58

@MaMaD1990 I'm also in the process of moving house which is what I think is causing this - having to sort out furniture etc! Stomach cramps sounds really unpleasant, poor you! Luckily I haven't experienced any cramps yet but the first day of my period is normally quite painful.

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MissSomethingOrOther Tue 02-Feb-21 17:32:19

snackmonster

*@MissSomethingOrOther* so sorry to hear that. But yes sounds like periods are easily affected by things going on in our lives! I had no idea they could be that sensitive. This is really the first time I've experienced stress + my natural cycle. I was on the pill for a long time then the last two years I've been off the pill and having really regular periods. But this month I've been in the process of moving house + work + setting up a small business + some financial worries on top of that. I guess my hormones have gone crazy. (My eyelid is literally twitching as I type this, how weird! Lack of sleep maybe playing a part too!)


Thanks, it was a little while ago now and everything is back to normal. It did surprise me how sensitive periods seemed to be.

All your stress sounds like the ideal combination to affect a natural cycle. Individually each item might be fine, but everything at once is just too much. And I think the eye twitch confirms that! Take some time out each day, if you can squeeze it in, to chill completely. Even if it's a quick 20 mins here and there.

snackmonster Tue 02-Feb-21 17:53:32

@MissSomethingOrOther thanks, yes I'm going to make sure that I don't stress out as much from now on, try and get some perspective and not get too overwhelmed by things! I think once I've moved that will help. Perhaps doing some mediation too.

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Skyliner001 Wed 03-Feb-21 18:27:47

1,000,000% yes, I completely empathise I have experienced them stopping completely for three months, I've experienced having a heavy one, and then having one two weeks later, and then nothing for six weeks and then one.

And I have experienced random changes in length of cycle, all that tie in with when I've been stressed. I think that we underestimate the impact that stress has on their body. Sending you so much empathy though, this post means a lot to me, as I always worry.

When I spoke to the doctor about it, she said that stress has a massive impact, but also things like travel, and working hours.

snackmonster Wed 10-Feb-21 12:57:21

Oh I'm sorry to hear that @Skyliner001, yes it really seems to mess up your cycle! My cycle has been so odd, never really had one like it. My period did end up arriving so I think all the spotting was actually my period trying to start - but basically have had a 12 day long period in that case. I think it absolutely must be stress. Is it work that gets you stressed?

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Skyliner001 Wed 10-Feb-21 14:13:47

I have really severe health anxiety, and so that causes me a lot of stress, and you can imagine how everything feeds back into it! My period is not here yet so I don't know if the spotting was related to my ovulation, I think I may actually have had a delayed ovulation. The trials of being a woman!

snackmonster Thu 11-Feb-21 14:29:39

@Skyliner001 I've experienced health anxiety before too - it's horrible. Oh yes being a woman is so much fun!

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