Missed or Irregular Periods
There is no home treatment for missed or irregular periods. But the following information may help you find the cause of your missed or irregular periods:
- Eat a balanced diet. Being underweight or overweight can cause missed and irregular periods. For more information, see the topics Reference Healthy Eating and Reference Weight Management.
- If you are an Reference endurance athlete, you may have to cut back on your training. Be sure to talk with your doctor about hormone and calcium supplements to protect against bone loss if you are missing periods. For more information, see the topic Reference Fitness.
If you think you might be pregnant
Do a Reference home pregnancy test Opens New Window if you had sex since your last period. If the result is positive, practice the following good health habits until you see your doctor:
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs.
- Reference Avoid caffeine, or limit your intake to about 1 cup of coffee or tea each day.
- Do not clean a cat litter box, to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis.
- Avoid people who are ill.
- Take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid or a prenatal vitamin.
If the home pregnancy test is negative but you continue to have pregnancy symptoms, it is a good idea to see your doctor to confirm the results. Practice good health habits until you see your doctor.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Reference Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
- You have early symptoms of pregnancy, such as:
- Missed periods.
- Increased urination.
- Breast tenderness or enlargement.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- You have missed more than two menstrual periods in a row.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine