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Reason for Missed Period

If you’ve missed your period, take a deep breath. Pregnancy is NOT the only reason for a missed period.

If you live in the Chicago suburbs and you’re worried about a missed period – thinking you might be pregnant – please call or text Avenue Women’s Center today. One of our nonjudgmental staff members will gladly assist with your questions or with scheduling a free, accurate pregnancy test!

Other than pregnancy, you may have a missed period for one of the following reasons:

Stress – When under stress, the body is forced to choose which of its functions needs the most energy. Your reproductive system might not have made the cut.

Illness – If you were sick recently, your body may have chosen to fuel your immune system over your reproductive system.

Weight loss or being underweight – Loosing a lot of weight or being significantly underweight stresses the hypothalamus, which is responsible for many of your body’s systems. As a result, your body doesn’t produce enough estrogen, and you can experience a missed period.

Excessive exercise – Too much exercise can cause you to produce low amounts of estrogen, resulting in a missed period.

Changing your body’s time schedule – A change in time zone or changing the hours during which you are awake may force your body to readjust its hormone schedule. This can cause a missed period.

Medicine – Contraceptives, antidepressants, and some chemotherapy treatments may cause a missed period.

If you are concerned about your missed period, please text or call Avenue Women’s Center. We can provide a free, accurate pregnancy test. With five locations in Illinois – Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn / Lombard, Naperville, West Chicago and Wood Dale, Illinois – we hope to hear from you soon!

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.