You get worried when it doesn’t arrive and when it does, you pray for it to end soon, we are talking about the periods. Menstrual cycle, which is a biological process controlled by the rise and fall of hormones in women, includes a series of changes, which prepare your body for a possible pregnancy. It starts at the age of 12 to 15 and stops between the age of 45 and 55. The bleeding usually during the period normally lasts for about two to seven days. However, several factors are responsible for a normal menstrual cycle. Period issues can sometimes be due to serious health condition like polycystic ovarian syndrome but in many cases, it is due to everyday things. Here are some of the things that can mess with your periods. (ALSO READ Regulate your periods: 5 ways to regulate an irregular menstrual cycle).

1. Too Much Exercise

You read it right. Too much exercise can affect your menstrual cycle. You will experience some irregularity in your periods if you have moved to a more intense workout routine. It can cause your period to be lighter than usual or you may skip it completely. This happens because excessive exercising is melting away your fat and a certain amount is required for ovulation.

2. Stress

Stress

Stress

If you are under stress, it will affect your periods. It is a connection between your body and mind, so when you are stressed, your body gives priority to the brain and shuts down functions like ovulation. This can cause missed, light or late periods.

3. Being overweight

Excess weight can interfere with your menstrual cycle. The level of the hormone estrogen increases with increased fat cells and this ultimately stops ovulation. Although eggs are not released by the ovaries, the lining of the uterus continues thickening. This can lead to heavy bleeding when you get your periods. Women, who are overweight, experience longer-lasting, infrequent and heavy periods. (ALSO READ Can you get periods twice a month?).

4. Excessive alcohol

Excessive alcohol

Excessive alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption can also cause irregular periods. Alcohol can lead to an increase in the level of estrogen preventing the development of follicles and the process of ovulation. Even if you are drinking around one to five drinks, it can mess with your periods.  (ALSO READ Heavy bleeding during periods: Cause, symptoms and treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding).

5. Disease

If you are sick, you may experience late or missed period as your body needs to recover from the disease. Also, if you are suffering from hypothyroidism, you will have many period problems like more cramps and heavy flow.

Pay attention to your body to regulate your period and stay healthy.