Antibiotics. Can they delay your Period?

Antibiotics. Can they delay your Period?
December 16 20:38 2016

Because women’s health is particular and complicated, it can happen that a change in diet, life style and even taking medication can affect the reproductive system, particularly the menstrual cycle. Many women get worried when they take antibiotics and suddenly their period comes late. Those who do not know about this effect tend to think that they are pregnant but it is just the medication that is manipulating the menstrual cycle. So if you have been wondering if antibiotics can delay your period then read on.

There is no straight answer to this question as each woman may differ from the next but it is safe to say that medication can manipulate the reproductive cycle in women and antibiotics can very well play a part too depending on your body chemistry and condition. Usually, it is the women who have been on antibiotics for more than a week or two that notice a change in their menstrual cycle. Since antibiotics are the common treatment for Infections like urinary tract infections, some sexually transmitted infections, and other infections of the reproductive system, it is possible to find a good number of women taking antibiotics. In addition to taking antibiotic there are other factors that can contribute to the delay in your period, we will touch on those later.

 

How antibiotics interfere with the menstrual cycle

Studies are currently underway to gather evidence on whether antibiotic affect the menstrual cycle and if so what mechanisms are involved.  Antibiotics can sometimes interact with the body receptors and sensors that are responsible for the secretion of the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG), this interaction can cause uterus to disintegrate and affect the levels of estrogen thereby affecting the menstrual cycle.

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From the current information available, other things related to taking antibiotics than the antibiotics themselves probably cause the delay in periods.

Firstly, the infection you are treating can be leading cause to your disturbed menstrual cycle. The stress or psychological condition that comes with such infections also contributes to the delay of your periods.

The best way to find out if it is the antibiotics that are causing your period to come late, you can consult your doctor who will then change the antibiotics you are taking for another different type. If there is a change in your menstrual cycle as a result of the switch then it is most likely that the antibiotics are indeed messing with your periods. However, if there is no change then it could mean that there is another reason why your period is coming late, probably linked to the infection or emotional and physical stress on your body. Its also important to keep in mind that the switch in treatment is from one antibiotic to another, so this test is not entirely accurate but helpful in trying to determine the cause of your period problems.

 

Factors known to delay periods

If you are not sure if its antibiotics that are responsible for the delay in your periods, take a look at the following factors that have been proved to play a role in the menstrual cycle. If you do present with any of the factors then chances are it is not the antibiotics you are taking that are delaying your periods.

  • Stress

Conditions of intense stress can have an effect on your physical body. If you have been under pressure at school, work or facing some family or personal problems the effect can project on your reproductive system through the manipulation of hormone levels. The result can be a disturbed menstrual cycle and a delayed period.

One common situation is that of someone who has unprotected sex and then starts regretting after, wondering if they got pregnant or worse. Such stress situations can definitely affect your periods.

  • Adolescence and puberty

Teenagers who are just getting into puberty tend to experience irregular periods and that can include late periods. It usually takes sometime before the body adjusts and enters a regular cycle. So it is possible that it is just puberty that is causing a delay in the arrival of periods and not the administration of antibiotics.

  • Diet and weight loss

Changes in diet and losing weight can cause a delay in periods and sometimes stop the period for a while.

  • Thyroid Problems

The thyroid gland controls the production and secretion of thyroid hormones. An imbalance in any of the hormones can delay or even stop menstrual periods.

  • Birth control pills

It is common for women taking birth control pills to miss a period or too. Any contraceptives that are hormone based affect the menstrual cycle and the result can be a delayed period.

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