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Can stress cause irregularity in periods ?

Hello! I m 25 y.o. female. I always had regular periods every 28 days, that only had some ups and down when I stressed too much at work. About a year ago I got a new job and since then my period kinda freaked out. I have had it from 27 to 37 days. My biggest problem is my symptoms before and during my period. I almost always had bellyaches, swollen breasts, mood swings, headaches and all kinds of pains before and during, but lately nausea and other happy such feelings have been added to the list. Although we are having unprotected sex with my husband, I know I m not pregnant since this has been going on for about 6 months and there is no sign of pregnancy , plus I get (even though irregularly) my periods. What has me worried too is that I m extremely thin - I always was very slim but with the stress and body movement my work requires, I lost even what little meat I had on me, becoming more like a catwalk model, even though I eat at least 3 full meals and 2 snacks every day. My gynecologist says I m fine down there, so I have no idea what may be wrong with me. Could this be because of all my anxiety with my work?
Asked On : Sat, 8 Jan 2011
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well there are many causes for the symptoms that you are having.With the irregular periods i would first like to rule out reasons like PCOS,ovrian cyst,anemia,poor diet etc.Stress is a major factor in causing hormonal imbalance and irregular periods.I would ask you to to have your hormones checked like thyroid,prolactin,blood sugar etc as these may cause the symptoms you have.If your doctor has said that there is no pathology from the ultrasound then i'm assuming that true.If you havent had any blood tests i'd advise you to have them done.Only then can we put this down to stress.
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