Q. Is my missed period due to stress?

Answered by
Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 11, 2017

Hello doctor,

I am a 35 year old female who weighs 139 kg. I am concerned about my periods. I had my last period two months ago, but have not had one since then. I feel that I ovulated on time after my last period, and have basically had PMS ever since. I have very tender breasts, lower left sided abdominal pains from time to time, lower back ache to a lesser extent, and am feeling very emotional, just like my period is about to arrive. But, there is no sign of it. I have had four negative pregnancy tests over the last couple of weeks including two home tests, one urine test, and one blood test. My GP had carried out full blood work and everything came back normal.

I know I am very overweight. However, I had never had a period problem before. I have been under some stress this year. So, I wonder if that is the cause. But, I am very concerned in any case. I am due to attend the hospital for a transvaginal ultrasound scan soon, to find out the cause of the lower left abdominal pain but, wondered if you had any further ideas as to why my period may have stopped, even though I feel that it is about to arrive.



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The problem was bound to start sooner, if not later.

  • The reason for the absence of menstrual bleeding is due to being grossly overweight. 139 kg is something you should be concerned about.
  • Yes, stress and anxiety can be a cause of absent cycle as well as cystic ovaries. But, I assume it is the obesity which primarily caused the hormonal imbalance.
  • Meet your doctor and get the TVS (transvaginal scan) done. Get checked if the ovaries are cystic or not. I assume it will be.
  • Also, you can opt for a medicine to induce a withdrawal bleeding. But, in my opinion, it will recur until you do something about your obesity.

For more information, consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->

Thank you doctor,

Would there be any difficulties in me being able to get pregnant during this time?



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  • Yes, apparently there will be a difficulty in conceiving if you have obesity as well as cycle disturbances.
  • You need to check for the hormonal balance as well as ovulation status. These two tests will tell us if you are ready to conceive.

For more information consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->

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