Reasons Why Your Period Is Late

uh oh, where is my period?

All women at one point or another have experienced a late or missed period, and felt the panic of “where is my period?”

According to Summit Medical Group a period is considered late if it hasn’t started five or more days after it was expected. If you experience a late period it is recommended to take a pregnancy test and check with your ob-gyn to see what might be going on. 

“If you have one or two irregular periods it is definitely something to pay attention to” says Sherry Ross ob-gyn.   

Experiencing a late period or missed period doesn’t always mean the same thing, so here are a few of the common reasons why your period may be late!

Some common reasons your period is late

Stress: Minimal stress to significant stress it can disrupt your hormonal balance, which can create a delayed, irregular or even heavy period. If you think stress may be throwing you off your cycle try practicing relax techniques such as exercising, deep breathing, meditation etc. You can read more here!

Weight loss: Excessive exercising and weight changes can offset your hormone levels. “One of these hormones is called leptin and is produced in fatty tissue. Excessive exercising and drastic weight changes can decrease the body fat causing this and other hormones to drop, contributing to irregular periods” says Sherry Ross.

Low body weight: Women with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia may experience missed periods. Healthline says “weighting 10% below what is considered a normal range for your health can change the way your body functions and stops ovulation”. 

women weighing herself on scale

Overweight: Just like how low body weight can effect your period, so can being overweight. Speak to your doctor to create a healthy and manageable diet and exercise regimen right for your. 

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): This condition causes women to grow a number of small cysts or fluid-filled sacs on their ovaries. Although, these cysts are not harmful, they can lead to an imbalance in hormone levels ultimately effect your period. 

Birth control: Your cycle may change when you go on or off birth control. Birth control pills, patches, IUD’s all contain the hormone estrogen and progesterone which prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs.

Early peri-menopause: Menopause begins between ages 45 – 55 years old. Some women will develop symptoms around age 40 or earlier and this is considered “early per-menopause”. This means that your egg supply is winding down and the result will be missed periods and eventually the end of menstruation. 

When to see your doctor

Your doctor can properly diagnose the reason for your late or missed period and discuss treatment options fit for you. 

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