By Emma McGowan, April 11, 2020

“Social isolation, loneliness, change in exercise all reflect the psychological effects of COVID-19, the common denominator of which is acute traumatic stress,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOGan OB/GYN and director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical Center, a New York City hospital, tells Bustle. Dr. Gaither says that producing too much cortisol and corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) can mess with ovulation, which in turn can lead to longer or shorter menstrual cycles, no period, or super painful periods.

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