6 Reasons Your Period Could Be Late Besides Being Pregnant

Whether you get your period every 28 days like clockwork or have a flow that prefers to come and go as it pleases, having a period go MIA often feels like cause for alarm. Your mind runs wild with thoughts of pregnancy tests and ultrasounds and watching your baby graduate college - an imaginary life that you’ve created and nurtured and helped grow all because that little bit of blood you were hoping to find this morning didn’t make it’s appearance. Whether pregnancy right now is your goal or you’re holding off temporarily or forever, a fetus in utero is certainly not the only cause of a period gone rogue. Here are 6 reasons, besides being pregnant, that your period could be late.

1. Stress

If you’ve been running yourself ragged at work or dealing with other stressors, especially traumatic ones, your period could be late. This is called hypothalamic amenorrhea. “The hypothalamus is the center of the brain and controls reproduction. It produces a hormone that signals the production of other hormones needed for ovulation,” according to Shady Grove Fertility. So, if you’ve been stressed about something - big or small - do your best to find some time for relaxation. If you’ve experienced a traumatic situation, you should call your doctor and seek a professional opinion.

2. Being sick

The amazing things your body does are all intertwined on some level. When one system isn’t working as well as it should, the others are affected, too. It’s like a game of survival - which bodily process is the most important right now? If you have a common cold, the flu, or some other type of illness, your menstrual cycle is likely the first to be shut down in order to get the rest of your body back up to speed.

3. Weight fluctuations

Say hello to your hypothalamus again (the center in the brain that controls reproductive hormones, like estrogen). When you experience extreme fluctuations in your weight, the amount of estrogen released can impact whether you get your period or not. If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body won’t produce enough estrogen. Too much weight gain and your body will have too much estrogen. Either way, this could be a reason your period is late.

4. Change in your schedule

Minor changes in your schedule aren’t going to have an impact on your menstrual cycle but intense ones, like switching to the night shift or having jet lag from traveling across the world (you jetsetter, you!), can. The good news is that it’s temporary. Once your body acclimates to your new schedule, your periods should resume as normal. If they don’t, it’s worth calling your doctor about.

5. Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones, of course, play a large role in your menstrual cycle. They determine the heaviness, the length, and even whether your period comes at all. If your hormones are out of whack, you may not menstruate. One cause could be PCOS. Another could be endometriosis. If you suspect this is the case, call your doctor. They’ll be able to put you on a path to help regulate symptoms.

6. Your birth control

Yes, even if you don’t skip the sugar pills, your birth control could be editing your menstrual cycle. Whether you have an IUD, get Depo shots, or are on the pill, the hormonal changes caused by birth control can sometimes eliminate or lessen your period. While this can sometimes be a welcome side effect, it’s good to know that it’s actually the cause of a late or nonexistent period.

If you think you’re pregnant, it’s always a good idea to take a test. Otherwise, talk to your doctor about your late period - they can provide valuable insight and ease your mind.

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Hi Omosheke! The factors in this post could be the reason for the delay period. :) If you’re feeling concerned it’s best to contact a physician. As we are not medical professionals we cannot offer diagnosis.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 22, 2020

HI,am suppose to see my period April 20 but this is may 9..So i went for a pregnancy test which indicate negative..Am scared what got it delayed

Omosheke May 22, 2020

Hi Sadean! There are some common reasons for delayed periods in the above post, if you’re still feeling concerned we recommend contacting a doctor. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 07, 2020

Hi Mantwa! The above post mentions some common reasons why your period can get delayed. :) If you’re still feeling concerned we recommend contacting a doctor or taking an at-home pregnancy test if you’re concerned about pregnancy.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 07, 2020

I have my period on march 6-10 and I haven’t seen it for april I took a pregnancy test and it was negative and know my nipples feel tender what’s happening

Sadean May 07, 2020

M on 34 days nd haven’t seen my period nd not feeling it.Cz when making date nearer I have tenderby breast nd headache bt nw nothing

Mantwa May 07, 2020

Hi, Shay! We recommend consulting a doctor as it’s been several months since your last period. As we are not medical professionals we can’t provide diagnosis unfortunately.
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi, cici! We’re so sorry to hear about all the stress you’ve been under! Unfortunately we cannot provide diagnosis as we are not medical professionals. If you are concerned about pregnancy you can research free clinics in your area and call them for advice. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi Kabelo! If you’re concerned about pregnancy we recommend taking an at home pregnancy test. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi, Julitta! Morning after pills are loaded with hormones, and hormonal imbalances will typically affect your cycle. A morning after pill can caused cycle changes for a few months. If you’re feeling concerned it’s best to discuss the situation with your doctor. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi, Ujjwal! If you’re concerned about pregnancy we recommend taking an at home pregnancy test. To prevent pregnancy you must use protection such as a condom, IUD, or birth control pills. You can discuss your options with your partner and doctors to find the best protection for you. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

I nd my girlfriend had sex on 2nd march. She got her periods on 14 march. We haven’t done sex till now 29 April. But she is unable to get her periods. Is there any chance of pregnancy. If yes , how can we prevent pregnancy!! If no, why she is not getting her periods ? Please answer it 🙏

Ujjwal Tamori May 01, 2020

Please last month I had my menstrual period twice thus 4-7 and 13-17 but this month it didn’t flow I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and I took some pills too (postinor2)I don’t know whether does the reason but I did pregnancy test five times but it shows negative. Please help me out

Apolala Julitta May 01, 2020

I was in my period on the 24 March ,I met with my guy on the 1st of April and I can’t wait to be on my periods I’ve noticed changes on my body and my boyfriend keep on saying am not pregnant if but am worried.

Kabelo May 01, 2020

Hello ok so I havent had a period since december 23rd which was my last day of my cycle. And i was sexually active the next day my period ended. I went in for a check up and did a pregnancy test but it came up negative. So idk what else i can do

Shay May 01, 2020

Hi Lynette, I had unprotected sex on march 30 and april 5th but my bf didn’t cum in me. I’ve been very sad and stressed this whole month. My uncle passed away on the 1st, i’ve been stressing over school + boys lol. my period tracker predicted my period to come on last thursday and never came. but i have a lil cramping / stomach pain & bowel movements been very active lol. two days ago i saw a lil pink discharge but my flow never started. I don’t have money or a way to get a pregnancy test so i have been doing diy test and they would come out negative. but i’m very confused and scared. i really hope i’m not pregnant, what do you think?

cici May 01, 2020

My girlfriend saw her last period 17 march 2020 and 15th aprill i had sex with her unfurtunately my condom broke inside her pussy i released without knowing its broke..pls can she be pregnant or not during this time i took in with her?

West May 01, 2020

Hi amy cheery ,I saw my period on the 19 of March expected to see it on the 15th of April but I make out with my bf on the 11th of March but he didn’t cum on me,but my period isn’t coming wat would be the problem….

Cheery May 01, 2020

Hi Louisa! If you’re concerned about pregnancy we recommend taking an at home pregnancy test. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor May 01, 2020

Hi Praise! We are so sorry to her about everything you have been through recently. If you are concerned about pregnancy it is definitely a good idea to take another test like you had planned. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 14, 2020

Hi Aida! We are so sorry you have been ill! Unfortunately we cannot offer diagnosis for the delayed period as we are not medical professionals. However, being ill often affects the menstrual cycle and your recent illness and medications can have an affect on the period. Wishing you all the best!
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 14, 2020

Hi, so I had my period on the 4th -7th of March. I made out with my boyfriend on the 20th of March. He actually didn’t penetrate me because I’m still a virgin, but he cummed on me. The problem now is I’m was expecting my period on the 2nd of April but till date no period but I still get my normal cramp that comes before period and boobs full with nipples pain and this time around I feel like throwing up. Am I pregnant?

Louisa April 14, 2020

I had evacuation on 2nd Feb and i didn’t see my period since then i fear i am pregnant again. I had sex 20th/21st of march and i immediately took levonorgestrel pills after sex. A week ago i feel cold, feverish and felt like throwing up i went to see the doctor, told me i had PID which i took injection and pills for by his prescription. And i have treated it twice between March and Early this month. But i get this urge to vomit although not strong. I complaint and he gave me a deworming pill. Which i took. Still having the vomiting urge. I took a pregnancy test which turns negative. But am getting worried. I want to take another test.

Praise April 14, 2020

Hi,
I was hospitalized from January 31, 2020 to February 5,2020 due to bacterial pneumonia. I used to take Dostinex and Duphaston but from February till now, April , I don’t have my period and so I stop my Duphaston Due to absence of bleeding . Dostinex I didn’t take also as I have to see my endocrinologist every 3 months but due to current situation , COVID -19 , I ran out of medicine. What must be the reason of absence of menstruation ?
Thanks

Aida April 14, 2020

Hi komal! If you’re concerned about pregnancy we recommend taking an at-home pregnancy test. :)
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Lunette Menstrual Mentor April 09, 2020

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