Heightened stress levels cause an increase in the production of stress hormones like cortisol.
Short bursts of stress hormones (like when you need to jump out of the way of oncoming traffic or a door slams loudly) are not major issues for your hormonal balance.
After the initial shock, stress hormone levels tend to return to baseline fairly quickly.
Ongoing, chronic stress (like that low-grade stress caused by deadlines at work) can cause a ripple effect to the delicate balance of your reproductive hormones which are responsible for keeping your cycles regular and symptom-free.
Stress can lead to changes in the length of your period, as well as a whole host of other hormonal symptoms like PMS, painful periods, acne breakouts and fatigue.
Delayed or missing periods aren’t truly related to your period arriving late, but rather late ovulation.
Heightened stress causes the body to delay ovulating until a safer time arrives.
Whilst a late period is anything but reassuring, it is actually a sign of our body trying to keep us safe.
During periods of extreme stress, conceiving a child and adding more responsibility to our life is deemed an unsafe possibility.
Your body has the ability to shut down or delay ovulation until a time that it feels your environment is safe again.
This might be a few days or weeks, or it may be several months or years depending on the nature of your stress.