We have all had that creeping feeling; when Aunt Flo was supposed to pay you a timely visit but conveniently is a no-show. Now before you start jumping to conclusions, it’s important to consider there are a number of things that can lead to a missed or extremely late period
“Most women who haven’t reached menopause usually have a period every 28 days. However, a healthy menstrual cycle can range from every 21 to 35 days”
Even if pregnancy is an unlikely answer, a late period has you trying to do the math and try to figure out what could have led to this, when oftentimes the culprit is just some imbalanced hormones. Here are some reasons why you may have missed your period:
If you’re sick during ovulation, your body may delay your period or you may miss your period entirely while your body works overtime to get you back to health.
Sometimes we’re so stressed out that our body decreases the amount of a hormone called GnRH, which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. If you notice you’re feeling particularly stressed, or are going through a difficult period, be sure to look for activities that help you relax to help ease the work your body is doing, and to get peace of mind and body.
If you’ve recently gone off the pill, you may notice that it might take a month or so for your cycle to regulate itself — in which case a skipped period might just be your system getting back on track. Recently I forgot to refill my birth control prescription on time, and that threw my hormones out of whack and made me skip my period for a month. However, the following month I got my period right on time and I was back to business as usual. Sometimes it takes time for your body to adjust to new things
Exercise is great for you, and can even be help ease period cramps. However, the rule of everything in moderation also applies to a health lifestyle, as too much exercise can put your body under stress and cause you to miss your period. When you overdo it, your body doesnt produce enough estrogen to complete the menstrual cycle.
Some women are at greater risk of this, and developing amenorrhea, including ballerinas and gymnasts.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that causes your body to produce more of the male hormone androgen. Cysts form on the ovaries as a result of this hormone imbalance. This can make ovulation irregular or stop it altogether. Treatment for PCOS focuses on relieving symptoms. Your doctor may prescribe birth control or other medication to help regulate your cycle.
An overactive or underactive thyroid gland could also be the cause of late or missed periods. The thyroid regulates your body’s metabolism, so hormone levels can be affected as well. Thyroid issues can usually be treated with medication. After treatment, your period will likely return to normal.
If your period is over a month late, it is important to go see your doctor to get to the root of the problem and to work out a medical course of action. If you start to experience hair loss, headaches, vision changes, or breast secretions, you may want to see your doctor sooner than later, as the missed period may be the result of a pregnancy.