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Hello, I'm Dr Manos, M.D., board certified ObGyn. It only takes stress to mess up women's mensrual cycles. Overly stressed will throw your cycles like you're experiencing. It's simple that there is a part of the brain (the hypothalamus) that releases hormones that are formed next to the pituitary gland and stimulate or block the gland. It affects the hormones the pituitary gland releases to regulate the ovary. Stress throws off the activity of the hypothalamus which throws off everything. Without control of the ovaries, the uterus lining can bleed every which way and can be controlled by medications depending on what the uterus looks like on ultrasound. If the stress eases then it may take weeks for your cycles to get back to normal.
The stress messes the fine tuning of your cycle. No other part of your body bleeds once per month for five days or so. Women don't realize what goes into controlling the ovaries and uterus not even considering pregnancy. It's all amazing and stress throws off the program just like a computer gets thrown off and computer geeks know how to fix it.
It's your choice as to what you want to do with unpredictable bleeding. You might bleed for another week or two.
Thank you for your trust.