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5 Reason Why Your Menstruation Delayed or Late

Updated on December 21, 2015

Ideally, women's menstruation cycle occurs every month which is after approximately 28 days for 2-7 days. When your period is late, one thing that pops up in our mind most of the time is "Am I pregnant?" Well, some maybe happy when their menstruation is late whereby some maybe in confusion as there is no way for them to be pregnant. I personally have experienced this and while searching up Google for an answer, here is some of the reason why your menstruation is late.

1. Pregnant

Sometimes late menstruation is exactly as what you're probably thinking. If you happen to experienced late menstruation and have had unprotected sex recently, try buying some home pregnancy test. To get the most accurate result, use the home pregnancy test a week after your expected menstruation date.

2. Weight issue

Drastic weight loss or weight gain may also be the cause that delayed your menstruation. If you undergone extreme weight loss, underweight or if you consume low calorie intake, this might stresses your hypothalamus hence making your body to not be able to release sufficient estrogen needed to build the lining of the uterus. The same goes to people who has eating disorder such as bulimia and anorexia where the estrogen level drops. The best way to prevent this is to gain some weight.

On the other side, overweight or gaining weight in a short period of time results in too much estrogen being released. The overload of estrogen released may cause you to go for months without ovulating or cause the endometrial lining to overgrow and become unstable which leads to heavy, irregular periods. The best way to prevent this is to lose some weight.

3. Stress

If you're stress, this affects the hypothalamus which is a gland in your brain that is responsible for most of the processes in your body which includes your menstrual cycle. When hypothalamus is affected, this causes the release of estrogen level to be imbalance thus affecting your normal menstrual cycle.

4. Birth control pills

Sometimes, birth control pill causes a little bleeding or no period at all during the first week off. Additionally, some are even designed to stop your menstruation for a longer period of time (three months or more). Whereby other hormonal birth controls, such as the Depo-Provera shot or the Mirena IUD, reduce the lining of the uterus to such a degree that there may be no lining to shed monthly as a period.

5. Illness

If you're sick, may it be just a simple cold or other serious health issue, this may also affects your average menstrual cycle. This is because when you're sick, this puts pressure on the body causing your body to focus on what is more important and hence resulting your period to be delayed or sometimes nonexistence. If your illness happen during ovulation and delayed your period, don't worry because after you're feeling much better, your menstruation will most likely get back to normal.

Remember, when your period is late...STAY CALM AND DON'T PANIC! Just be sure to check what has gone wrong with your body and not to just jump to conclusion. That is all for this hub. Thank you for reading and have a good day!


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