Stress & Your Menstrual Cycle: What's the Connection?

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Is it normal if your period is irregular from stress?
Air Date: 8/28/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Alisa Vitti, HHC
Alisa Headshot PinkAlisa Vitti, HHC, is an integrative nutritionist, best-selling author of WomanCode, creator of the WomanCode System, and the founder of, a virtual health center that supports women's hormonal and reproductive health.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alisa has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, has a web series on Lifetime, and has been a regular contributor for CBS, Fox, Shape, Women's Health, MindBodyGreen, and the Huffington Post. She is also "The Hormone Whisperer" for Yahoo Health and serves on their advisory board.
Stress & Your Menstrual Cycle: What's the Connection?
Whether you've just taken a new job, had to move, or suffered a breakup, stress is going to be a factor.

A little stress can be good for your health, but when it starts to cause problems with your mood, weight, relationships, or sleep schedule, it may be time to reevaluate your lifestyle.

Can stress also mess with your period?

Turns out, yes.

However, even though it's pretty common, it's far from normal. If you're constantly having irregular periods, it could be sign that your endocrine system is ready to snap and that your hormones are out of balance. If irregularity continues to happen due to stress, it can also mess with your fertility long-term, your thyroid, and your bone density.

What can you do to help your body respond better to stress?

Alisa Vitti, HHC, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how stress can impact your menstrual cycle and what you can do to help your body respond better to stress.


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