DELAYED PERIODS: 6 Other Reasons Why

For sexually active females, a missed period is a huge cause for concern. Each passing day is filled with expectations for the arrival of these symptoms which, on a normal day, are rather quite dreaded because of the discomfort and inconveniences they pose to women. It doesn’t help to note that contraceptive methods are never 100% foolproof.


Below are some other reasons, apart from pregnancy, why your period may be delayed:

1. Stress/Weight Loss

Have you been stressed lately? Have you been engaging in non-stop high intensity workouts? Are you losing your body weight drastically because of stress?

Voila! That could possibly be the reason why your period is missing! 

Intense exercise or stress can cause irregular periods. Your body is flooded with hormones that work to suppress some body functions of your body. Ovulation could be stopped temporarily, and so your period missed.

Drastic weight loss also leads to irregular levels of reproductive hormones in the body, which affects ovulation and menstruation as well.


      2.  Hormonal Contraceptives

       Hormonal Contraceptives is a fanciful name for birth control pills. While contraceptives are known to make periods very regular, long term use of any combined estrogen-progestin birth control pill can delay or prevent your period.

      There are other reasons why you might miss your period on these pills, such as diet or lifestyle change, exercise routine change, missing a dosage of the pills, or stress.


3. Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases such as Type I and Type II Diabetes patients are at a high risk of having irregular periods.


      4. Thyroid Conditions

      Hypothyroidism, or most especially hyperthyroidism, respectively refer to conditions where the body produces too little or too much thyroid hormone. Too little or too much of the hormone can make periods light, heavy, or irregular.

Thyroid disease can lead to several months of missing periods.


5. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a hormonal disorder common among women of reproductive age. It is a health problem caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones which causes ovaries to become enlarged with small cysts on the outer edges.

PCOS can affect ovulation, and women with the condition may have excess male hormone levels or irregular menstrual periods.

 

6. Premature or peri-menopause

Premature menopause is a condition whereby the ovaries stop working before a woman turns age 40. This causes irregular hormone levels in the body, resulting in signs of menopause.

Perimenopause on the other hand is the period leading towards menopause. Perimenopause begins several years before menopause. It usually starts in women’s 40s as the ovaries begin to make less estrogen, up until menopause when ovulation stops completely.

 

Conclusion

A missed menstrual period is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy, it might be something more serious. Getting tested for pregnancy can give reassurance or help to spot an irregularity that needs a doctor’s attention.

It is also important to note that a pregnancy test taken a week after a menstrual period is supposed to start can lead to a false negative result. It is advised to test again a week after that. If after 40 days though, it persists, it’s time to have an a hospital appointment.

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