Life has ups and downs and we must ebb and flow with all the curve balls nature throws at us. One of the most common health issues women face are irregular periods. Nearly every woman will suffer from them at some point in life, but when irregular periods turn into missed periods you may need to see your gynecologist.

Missed Periods and Fertility
Missed periods do not necessarily mean you are infertile and missing your period will not cause infertility, but it could be a sign of an underlying health issue that COULD cause infertility. PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the more common causes of irregular and/or missed period. PCOS is associated with infertility and other health problems. 

When to See Your Doctor
If you miss a period one month or you find yourself with an irregular cycle for a couple of months, it doesn’t mean you should make an emergency appointment with your gynecologist. If your annual check-up is close and there are no other health issues or symptoms, it is fine to wait for your exam or call the doctor to move up the exam a bit to discuss your current menstrual cycles and health. 

Your doctor may suggest birth control to regulate your menstrual period and he will likely perform a urine pregnancy test in office. As a safeguard, a blood pregnancy test and other blood tests may be ordered to help your doctor better understand your current health situation. 

Stress, change, problems at work and other life issues can lead to irregular or missed periods. Missing your period does not increase your chance of infertility though missed periods can be a symptom of an underlying health issue that does play a part in your fertility. When in doubt, call your gynecologist and make an appointment to talk about your health. Before heading off to your appointment write down as many menstrual periods as you remember, including start date, length of period and any symptoms like cramping or heavy/light bleeding you remember.