It’s been days since your period was due and you’re twiddling your thumbs wondering what it could possibly be. Could you be pregnant? Could that negative pregnancy test be wrong? It’s possible, sure. But not so fast. There are several common reasons for missed period that you might be overlooking:
1. A Change In Your Regular Routine: Did you start a new job? Change your wakeup time? Go on vacation? It can take your body a little time to adjust to a change in your regular routine and that can impact your regular cycle, especially if the change started at the time you would normally ovulate, causing a delay or even a skipped cycle.
Â Â 2. Stress: Your emotions, particularly stress, can have a major impact on the regularity of your Â menstrual cycle. And if youâ€™re stressing about why your period is late, that could actually delay its Â arrival even more. Mother Nature is a cruel mistress!
Â Â 3. Illness: Being sick at the time you normally would ovulate can delay ovulation â€” and if you Â ovulate late, youâ€™ll get your period late. So if your period hasnâ€™t arrived on schedule, think back a Â few weeks â€” were you under the weather?
Â Â 4. Pill Poppinâ€™: Taking a new medication or changing the dosage on an existing medication can Â Â affect all aspects of your bodyâ€™s well-being, including your menstrual cycle â€” thatâ€™s why your Â doctor, including your gynaecologist, always wants to know each and every medication that youâ€™re Â on.
Â 5. Weight Issues: A major change in your weight â€” either by gaining a lot or losing a lot of Â weight â€” can throw your ovulation cycle off. People who are underweight or extremely overweight Â sometimes donâ€™t have a period at all â€” which is not very healthy. Overall, an incredibly wonky or Â nonexistent period is a sign of possible health issues.
Â 6. Exercising Excessively: Have you been hitting Soul Cycle every day after work? Training for Â a marathon? If youâ€™ve taken up a new and intense exercise routine, your period might be thrown Â off. In fact, people who engage in extreme physical activity sometimes see their periods delayed.
Â 7. Miscalculation: The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, but many, many women have shorter Â or longer cycles and donâ€™t chart them correctly â€” so it may be that your period is not actually late. Â Additionally, the majority of women have cycles that are irregular and donâ€™t necessarily realize it. If Â your period is early even by a few days one month, it may arrive late the following month. Â Â MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID