Every woman of menstrual age expects to have her menstrual cycle being regular. At times irregularity occurs and this causes worrisome reactions from women. Missed or late period occurs when period doesn’t happen on the expected range of days. The causes of this could be a normal phenomenon or as a result of an underlying problem. Below are eight reasons why your period could be late;

  1. You may be pregnant

Pregnancy is a typical example of normal conditions that can cause a female to miss her period. Menstrual cycle is the removal of the uterine(womb) lining. they would have sheltered a growing baby during pregnancy. So, when a woman is pregnant, that uterine lining is necessary to house the new baby so it will not be removed. Since the lining doesn’t remove, the woman wouldn’t menstruate. women do not menstruate during pregnancy. Whenever you miss your period and you have had an unprotected sex prior to your period, you have to take a pregnancy test. Take the test at least one week after your expected date because early test can give you a negative test whiles you may probably be pregnant. You can also look out for pregnancy signs like fatigue, nausea or vomiting, swollen and painful breast etc. When your test result is negative and you don’t experience any of these symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider.

  • Birth control

When you use any hormonal contraceptives, whether regular or emergency contraceptive, there is a possibility of missing or skipping your period. Hormonal contraceptive works by delaying ovulation. When ovulation doesn’t occur, menstruation doesn’t also occur. When this happen, it delays/prolong your menstrual cycle days. As a result of this, you might not have your menstrual period on your expected day. If you take emergency contraceptive, your period can delay for up to a 1 week or 2 weeks but if you are on regular contraceptive such as IUD, implant, pills, or shot, you might stop getting your periods for sometimes. Talk to your doctor anytime you want to use contraceptives.

  • Stress

Though what is considered stressful is relative to every woman, the body responses to stress is determine by your brain not your perspective. When stress hits your body, your brain cells tell your system to flood the body with hormones that will switch the body’s mode. The hormone at this moment switch functions of other part that are not essential at that moment like the reproductive system. With your reproductive system being switched off, you can temporarily stop ovulating. when ovulation stops menstruation cannot happen. So, the next time you miss your period and you are not pregnant, check your stress level.

  • When you’ve loss/ gain excessive weight

Are you thinking of gaining weight or losing weight? If yes, then be reminded that any changes in weight can affect your menstrual cycle. Extreme increase or decrease in body weight causes a female to miss her period.  Rapid change in weight to 10% percent below your normal weight can change how your body works and subsequently stop your ovulation. If you miss your period, you also consider checking whether your weight has increased or decreased.

  • When approaching Menopause.

Menopause is a stage of life many women doesn’t fancy. Like any other life stage there are various body changes that accompany them and menopause is no different. When a female approaches menopause which is called the pre-menopause (45 and above), their egg supply (ovulation) reduces and as a result start missing periods and eventually ends menstruation. If you experience missed periods in your early 40’s and you aren’t pregnant it might probably be as result of your age. You can as well speak to your doctor for more advise.

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

This is a condition caused by imbalance of reproductive hormones. Females having these diseases have problem ovulating. When ovulation stops menstruation will also stop. It is prudent to talk to your doctor if you experience any prolonged missed period when you are not pregnant.

  • Intensive exercise

Females who train intensively have the possibility to miss their period. Many calories are burnt when one trains intensively. This can lead to hormonal imbalance which causes ovulation to cease and subsequently stop menstruation. Periods normally goes back to normal as soon as the intensive training is stopped or reduced.

It is important to take into consideration all the above

This blog pro­vides infor­ma­tion about vaginal health and related sub­jects. The blog content and any linked materials herein are not intended to be, and should not be con­strued as a substitute for, med­ical or healthcare advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any reader or per­son with a med­ical con­cern should con­sult a healthcare provider. This blog is provided purely for informational purposes.

The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at vagicarekonsult.com. Translation and voice note were done by Mrs. Nancy Boateng.

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices



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