I was in service yesterday when two related testimonies prompted me to write this article. The first was that of a young looking girl (probably in her early twenties) gave a testimony of how she hadn’t seen her period in 2 months. But while giving the testimony, she made sure that she specified that she hadn’t
had sex seen a man during this period (for those doubting her sincerity in church). She spoke of how missing her period bothered her (obviously) and how she prayed for God to restore her flow. She always wore her pads in anticipation of a flow any moment (faith). On her testimony, she continued “I was in church yesterday believing that God will restore my period and while I was dancing, I felt a sharp pain in my stomach area and I felt a release and I knew my period was restored. Hallelujah”. The other similar testimony was that of a lady who called the pastor and complained of absence of period for a worrying period of time. After praying with the pastor, the next day, the same period that was lost returned home safely.
For the purpose of understanding what menstruation is, I would refer you to the article ” Understanding Menstruation and Ovulation”.
So why do some girls experience missed periods?
Amenorrhea is the medical term for the absence of menstrual periods either on a permanent or temporary basis. Amenorrhea can be classified as primary or secondary. Primary amenorrhea is when a young woman has not had her first period by the age of 16. Secondary amenorrhea is when a woman who has had normal menstrual cycles stops getting her monthly period for three or more months.
Primary amenorrhea is typically the result of a genetic or anatomic condition in young females that never develop menstrual periods (by age 16) and is not pregnant. Many genetic conditions that are characterized by amenorrhea are circumstances in which some or all of the normal internal female organs either fail to form normally during fetal development or fail to function properly. Diseases of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus (a region of the brain important for the control of hormone production) can also cause primary amenorrhea since these areas play a critical role in the regulation of ovarian hormones.
Secondary amenorrhea on the other hand may also be experienced during the normal course of a woman’s life for the following reasons such as:
Other causes of secondary amenorrhea include the use of contraceptives (especially those that ladies use as an emergency contraceptive to prevent pregnancy and usually taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse). The pills can cause changes in the menstrual cycle in the lady with some reported cases of periods coming days after expected date.
The most common cause of secondary amenorrhea outside pregnancy and contraceptives is hormonal imbalance which results in hypothalamic amenorrhea. This is due to a disruption in the regulator hormones produced by the hypothalamus in the brain. These hormones influence the pituitary gland, which in turn sends signals to the ovaries to produce the characteristic cyclic hormones.
Many types of medical problems can cause hormonal imbalance, including:
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes relatively high and sustained levels of hormones, rather than the fluctuating levels seen in the normal menstrual cycle.
Thyroid malfunction. An overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) can cause menstrual irregularities, including amenorrhea.
Pituitary tumor. A noncancerous (benign) tumor in your pituitary gland can interfere with the hormonal regulation of menstruation.
Premature menopause. Menopause usually begins around age 50. But, for some women, the ovarian supply of eggs diminishes before age 40, and menstruation stops.
A number of conditions that can affect the hypothalamus include:
Extreme weight loss,
Emotional or physical stress,
Rigorous exercise, and
So there you have it, the reasons why ladies might miss their periods. By the way, I am not a Doctor so I implore thee not to ask medical questions. The above was researched via the internet. If sexually active, undergo a pregnancy test and if negative see a doctor.
Lastly, for the ladies seeing their periods, take it in good faith for some have eggs but don’t see their periods but you have eggs and see your period. Glory be to God.