Every woman once in a while had this problem. Her period was late and it didn’t meant that she was pregnant.
It’s not a pleasant feeling, a lot of scenarios run through your mind. Are you pregnant? If not, are you sick? What is going on with your body?
A normal reaction is to panic. But you can relax because there is always a solution.
Here are some several factors that can delay your period.
1. Early menopause
If you are having hot flushes, irregular sleep, vaginal dryness, night sweats and your period is late maybe you are going into menopause.
It is normal to think that menopause is something that happens to older women, but around one in 100 women will experience early menopause before the age of 40.
You don’t need to panic, if your periods have disappeared you should visit your doctor.
It’s the number one enemy of every person in this world. It can cause problems with your skin, hair, weight and if you’re a woman even with your period.
Our hormones are not responding good to stress and due to that periods can become irregular, they even stop.
It’s easier said than done, but you need to find a way to fight the stress and when your hormones are normal again, your period will be too.
3. Taking medication
Hormones are a serious thing. If you are taking certain types of medication they can signal your body and hormones to stop menstruating. Some contraceptive pills, antidepressants or antibiotics can disrupt your hormone levels, which can impact your cycle.
If you are taking some sort of medication or you are planning to, you need to talk to your doctor about possible side-effects.
4. Too much exercise
This may sound strange but if you’re training for something big like a marathon or triathlon, this can be the reason for your late period.
This can be a problem only if your training involves extreme training, not your regular jog or yoga practices.
When you’re training like this, your body reacts defensively. It deactivates any functions it doesn’t see as necessary to save up the energy. But this problem is easily solved, if you ease up a little your periods will be back.
Sleep is something most people take for granted. But our sleep patterns are very important for our health and they can impact our periods.
If you travel a lot and change times zones or you work shifts, it can be the cause of your late period.
Or if you just don’t have regular and healthy sleep patterns it can also result in disturbance of your cycle.
We are not talking about losing or gaining a couple of pounds, we are talking about drastic weight loss or weight gain.
When you are ovulating your body needs a certain amount of body fat. So if your body suddenly doesn’t have that body fat to use, your period will stop.
The same is if you gain a lot of weight in a short time, the increased fat cells raise estrogen levels and they are stopping your body from releasing an egg.
If your period is late it may be also asymptomatic of endometriosis or PCOS and thyroid problems. The best way to learn what is the reason for your late or skipped period is to visit your doctor.