Delayed menstruation: When should you worry?
Have you ever wondered what happens when your period doesn't arrive on the usual date? Don't panic; here are many of the causes of late periods.
We've all been there before, let's admit it.
Usually, your period is regular and arrives every month on the same date and sometimes even at the same hour, but this time you are late? There is no reason to panic, there are many reasons for a late period.
What is a period delay?
A late period is when you are 3 to 5 days late compared to the date of your usual cycle. Here are the reasons that can explain this delay.
As you can imagine, pregnancy is the main cause of late periods, but often it is not the only reason. To exclude this, you can always take a pregnancy test or consult a doctor. In general, it is advisable to go through this step first in order to eliminate this possibility.
- Stress or an important emotion
A very strong emotion or a strong period of stress and annoyance can also cause a delay in your period. If you are stressed, relax, take a break, and your period should come. Be patient.
- Significant weight loss/gain
A significant change to the body can also facilitate a delay in menstruation. The important thing is to consult your gynecologist to make sure that everything is in order.
However, this happens more frequently in people with eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, or even obesity. In these situations, it is essential to be followed by a doctor on a regular basis.
- A change of climate
As surprising as it may seem, a change in climate, a long plane trip, or even jet lag can delay your period. So sometimes you will need to give your body time to acclimatize.
If you have any doubts, it is recommended that you consult a doctor. However, for the majority of cases, there is a very concrete explanation for the delay and no reason to worry.