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Can being more sexually active delay your period

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Whether your period is heavy, erratic, or missing altogether, your menstrual cycle issues could be due to one of these problems. Wouldn't it be great if you could circle a date on your calendar and have your period actually show up then? You'd plan beach trips around it and you'd never be caught without a tampon.

Unfortunately, a little variation is typical: Heard of marathon runners losing their periods? It's not a myth: One study found that half of exercising women experience subtle menstrual irregularity.

A period that arrives a few days off schedule is nothing to worry about, but see your doctor if you haven't had your period for longer than three months. Carrying extra pounds does more than sabotage your skinny jeans. Meanwhile, the endometrial lining continues to thicken.

Having too much estrogen for an extended period of time increases your risk of endometrial cancer. If you can't seem to drop pounds, talk to your gynecologist about going on the pill. Your body has the opposite reaction when you're underweight; it doesn't produce enough estrogen. Still, if you've always weighed less than average, this might not be a problem. If you've dropped serious pounds, but you're still within a healthy range, your body should adjust within a few months.

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The first thing you should know is that hormones don't act in isolation. Plus, some hormone receptors look a lot like other hormone receptors, so a drug can easily mistake its target hormone, affecting a fertility hormone as well as the intended thyroid hormone, for example.

Don't panic if your cycle is a couple days off, but see your doc if your period is consistently over a week early or late. Puritz suggests limiting your exposure any way you can: That explains why stressed out women were less likely to conceive than their more zen counterparts in a Human Reproduction study. Give your birth control two to three months before giving up in the name of irregularly. Then, if you still see spotting, make sure you're taking the pill at the exact same time everyday.