Did you get a late period? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. And as it turns out, there is a multitude of reasons for this to happen.
Medical experts have plenty of explanations with causes ranging from pregnancy to prescription drugs or even weight gain or loss.
Plus, there might not always be a clear answer for this question because it depends on so many factors: whether someone is taking antibiotics or fertility pills; how much water and fiber intake varies from person to person; whether someone is on a diet, has had extreme weight loss or gain. And many more.
This article features answers from medical experts on possible causes of getting late period and how to check if someone might be pregnant or not.
What is a late period, and when should I be worried about it?
A late period is when a woman menstruates more than two weeks after her last menstrual cycle.
When it comes to menstruation there are a variety of reasons why the frequency can change so dramatically amongst various individuals including age, weight distribution, and hormone levels such as estrogen or progesterone in addition to factors such as stress level too.
Women should be worried about this situation if:
- They are pregnant
- Had unprotected sex and did not use contraception, or
- Have any other issues with their reproductive health such as irregular periods
If the cause of an early period has been determined to be caused by stress, weight changes (especially in young women), food intake change then you can worry less.
How can you tell if your period is late or not?
A woman’s period can be considered late if:
- It is more than five days late
- The period lasts for less than three to six hours, and
- Has not been heavier or lighter in comparison with a woman’s past periods
Another way to tell whether the period is delayed is by taking an ovulation test at home. This can be done using urine, saliva, cervical secretions, blood spot testing kits from the pharmacy, or fertility prediction pee sticks as well.
Doctors would usually recommend that women who are worried about their menstruation should take a pregnancy test first before undergoing any other tests since it only takes minutes and will give them some peace of mind while they wait for another day to see what happens next.
The first thing to consider is if your last period was on time. If your periods were regular and you miss one or two cycles, there may not be an indication that anything’s wrong at all. Just make sure to note this in a calendar for future reference.
Some people will experience irregular menstruation as well which means that some months they would have more days than others. This variance may even go against general rules set out for how often someone’s “average” month would usually come around every 28 days because it can vary from person to person.
When considering these variations with personal menstrual cycle patterns it is important not only to realise what might be affecting their natural rhythm but also to recognise any other factors such as age, weight distribution, and hormone levels.
What are some other symptoms of a missed period?
A missed period may be a symptom of pregnancy, so it is important to take an at-home pregnancy test. An appointment with the doctor should also be scheduled for further examination and diagnosis as well as treatment if needed.
There are also other possible causes of a late period, such as:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Stress and anxiety
- Changing food intake, especially hormonal foods such as soy or dairy products
- Menopause in women over age 45 who have not had any menstrual cycles within the past 12 months with no other known medical condition to explain it
- Lack of ovulation due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which often happens because there are too many male hormones in your system, not enough female hormones, and an abnormal number of follicles on one side of your ovaries – causing you to stop producing eggs altogether
If you still have your periods but they are very light or irregular then this could indicate that ovulation was not occurring, in the same way, each cycle due to different conditions within the body. This could be due to stress levels, lack of exercise, or dieting habits which can all affect hormone production.
Additionally, if you’re experiencing heavy periods when they come around once every month then there could be an underlying medical condition such as endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome.
If your periods are not consistent and you’re experiencing a prolonged absence of menstruation for more than six months, it’s important to consult with an OBGYN specialist about the possibility that something may need attention such as thyroid problems or even pregnancy – which can result in delays in menstrual cycles.
A visit with a gynecologist might help confirm whether any other factors may be affecting hormones like weight fluctuations (which change how estrogen is metabolized).
Why did my period stop coming back after taking birth control pills?
If you have taken birth control pills for three weeks or less, you might not have had a period because the hormones in your pill mimic pregnancy and may inhibit menstrual cycles.
The best thing to do is take a pregnancy test at home (or see your doctor) to find out if this is true for you. If it isn’t, there could be other reasons why your periods are late – like pre-menopause – which may be remedied through treatment.
If problems persist, make an appointment with a specialist through Smarter Health.
Why do I sometimes get irregular period?
This is because periods are influenced by a variety of factors: your age, the time in your life when you got pregnant for the first time (whether it was an intentional pregnancy or not), and if/when you have children.
Some women will experience changes in their menstrual cycle around menopause due to hormonal shifts which can change significantly depending on how quickly they enter into this phase.
If medical problems persist or disrupt menstruation – such as endometriosis – these should be addressed by a specialist.
You can also have a late period due to being pregnant, particularly if you are taking birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives that suppress your menstrual cycle.
How can I make sure that my next period cycle starts on time again
Checking your temperature and cervical mucus can help you get an idea of when ovulation might happen. If this is happening regularly, then the timing of my next period cycle should be predictable as well. For many women, their periods will start shortly after they have sex with a new partner or before starting on a birth control pill pack again.
You can also try to make lifestyle changes that will help improve your period cycle timing: Drink more water, exercise regularly, eat foods that are healthy for you, and reduce stress in your life.
When you miss a period, it may be due to pregnancy. It could also be an indication of another underlying health issue such as hormonal imbalance, stress, change in diet, or poor lifestyle habits.
These are just some of the possible reasons for missed periods and they all deserve different considerations to help get your body back on track. The best way to find out what is going on is by speaking with a doctor.
If you want advice before then please reach out to our team at Smarter Health today! We’re happy to arrange and help schedule an appointment with a gynaecologist of your choice.