Are you worried because your period is late and you are certain you’re not pregnant? Delayed periods can happen for many reasons aside from pergnancy. Women can experience late period in their lives twice: when it first begins and when it ends (menopause).
Normal menstrual cycle can range from every 21 to 35 days, and if your cycle is not in this range, these are the possible reasons why your period is late:
You can experience a late period when you take or stop birth control pills. It contains hormones such as estrogen and progestin which stop your ovaries from releasing eggs. Implanted or injected contraceptives can also cause your period to be delayed.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
A woman’s hormone level is affected if she has Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). They have higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones with this condition. This hormone imbalance is the reason women experiences late periods, hence making it harder for them to get pregnant.
Stress can greatly affect your hypothalamus, the part of your brain responsible for regulating your menstruation. It can also lead to sudden weight gain or loss, and illness. Try adding more exercise to your regimen to help you feel less stress and avoid late periods.
The thyroid balances your body’s metabolism, so hormone levels can be affected by an overactive or under-active thyroid gland. Your late period will return to normal after undergoing medication for these thyroid issues.
Visit your doctor to properly diagnose your late or missed period as well as discuss your treatment options. Keep records of changes in your period.