Every adult woman knows that menstrual cycles can be unpredictable. While many women have a fairly “regular” monthly cycle, menstruation can be delayed by a number of factors including exercise, stress, air travel, birth control pills, and hormonal changes—among many others. It’s no surprise, then, that a car accident can also affect your period.
If you have been in a car accident and have not gotten your period since, this is normal. It is not necessarily something to be worried about. Depending on other symptoms—and how long it’s been—you may want to see a doctor. However, in most cases your menstrual cycle will return to normal if you just give it time.
Women who have been in a car accident may experience:
- Period is “late” by a full month or more
- Period suddenly stops if you were already menstruating when the accident happens
- If you’re aware of your ovulation, you may notice a delay before the next ovulation or you may actually notice you ovulate more than once (!) before the next period
If your period is more than 2 weeks late, you may want to take a home pregnancy test just to be sure. However, if you have no reason to suspect you are pregnant and you were recently in an accident, the accident is likely at fault.
How does a car accident affect my period?
There are three main ways a car accident can affect your period:
- Physical Trauma
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Any of these factors, on its own, can affect your menstrual cycle. And an accident often causes two or more of them at once. In many ways, by refusing to menstruate, your body is putting your health first—allowing you to focus on healing or de-stressing first, before the next cycle of menstruation and fertility begins.
Note: While a missed period, on its own, is not an emergency, any kind of head injury is! A TBI, concussion, or bump on the head all require immediate treatment, even if you think you can “walk it off.” Similarly, most car accident injuries should involve a trip to the doctor right away, even if it’s just to confirm that nothing is serious.
Is my missed period a sign of anything more serious?
It’s rare, but it can be. You should treat it as serious under these circumstances:
- If you have “seat belt bruise” around your waist or abdomen
- If you have abdominal pain
- If your stomach or abdomen have swollen up or become hard
- If you are having trouble urinating or there is blood in your urine
- If you are experiencing ongoing diarrhea
These can all be signs of more serious issues such as internal bleeding or damage to an internal organ.
Additionally, you may want to consult your physician or OB/GYN if you go more than 90 days without your period returning, or if you are trying to become pregnant.
You Do Not Have to Face Your Injury Alone
Every car accident victim faces stress and uncertainty. Women can face an added layer of difficulty, especially when you’re left wondering why you haven’t gotten your period. Our team is here to be your ally. With over 20 years of experience working with accident victims, we understand what it’s like to recover from an accident—and we know how much it costs. Our attorneys can help you maker a strong legal claim and get the full amount you deserve. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.