“I can’t tell you,” says Rebecca Amaru, MD, “the number of times women come
into my office in tears because they’ve read or heard something about
gynecology they think applies to them – and it doesn’t.” Amaru is clinical
instructor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in
New York City. She tells WebMD that a lot of what you read about gynecology or
about caring for your V zone is either exaggerated or “just plain wrong.”
To help you sort fact from rumor, WebMD asked some of the nation’s top
experts about sexual health and V zone care — topics that many women are too
embarrassed to ask their own doctor about. What they said, may surprise
Menstrual periods also may be very irregular at the other end of the menstrual years. Many women realize that they are approaching perimenopause and menopause when their otherwise regular periods become irregular. Menopause occurs when it has been 12 months since you had a menstrual period.
Pregnancy is the most common cause of a missed period. If you might be pregnant, treat yourself as if you are pregnant until you know for sure. Use a home pregnancy test as the first step to finding out whether you are pregnant.
If you've skipped a period, try to relax. Restoring your life to emotional and physical balance can help. Many women miss periods now and then. Unless you are pregnant, chances are your cycle will return to normal next month.