You open your cabinet, see the box of your tampons and realize, “shoot, Why Is My Period Late”? Pregnancy is out of the question here as you know it is not the reason.
So then what is the possible reason for missed or late periods?
A healthy period cycle for most women ranges from 21 days to 35 days but if your period doesn’t fall between this range, let’s explore the 10 possible reasons to answer the question “why is my period late”?
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia or even uncontrolled diabetes can not only cause a change in your body weight but also disturb your periods.
- Strenuous or excessive exercise
Exercising regularly works wonders for your physical and mental health but anything in excess can be harmful, even exercising. Excessive exercise can disturb the estrogen hormone that regulates the female reproductive system.
- Thyroid dysfunction
The thyroid produces hormones that help to regulate the body’s processes. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can disturb your menstrual cycle causing you to have missed periods.
- Increased stress and anxiety
Chronic stress can harm you inside out. It can throw your mind, body, emotions out of balance and can be a reason for your missed or late periods. The hormone cortisol is activated when you experience stress, pushing you into survival mode inducing amenorrhea.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Every 1 in 10 women of childbearing age is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS, like thyroid dysfunction, can cause a hormonal imbalance, causing missed periods.
- Birth control
Have you recently started or gone off birth control? Hormones estrogen and progestin in birth control pills prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. Once you stop the pills, it can still take up to six months for your cycle to become consistent. Other types of contraceptives can also cause missed periods.
- You just suffered a serious illness
Any serious illness stresses your body out, exhausting even your mind, putting a lot of stress on the part of your brain that regulates hormones thus messing your cycle.
- You are breastfeeding
Don’t be alarmed even if your periods don’t show up once you deliver your baby. Breastfeeding can do that. Lactational amenorrhea as it is referred to is a phase that disrupts the rhythm of your menstrual cycle. Your period should get back on track within a few months.
- Are you on medication?
Certain medications, including anti-epileptics, antipsychotics, can cause irregular periods.
- Chronic diseases
Poorly controlled diabetes could cause your period to be irregular as changes in blood sugar are linked to hormonal changes and celiac disease can cause inflammation that can prevent your body from absorbing key nutrients and all this result in missed or late periods.