When your period is late, it’s natural to question whether you could be pregnant. But the likelihood of pregnancy will depend on all kinds of factors, from how many days late your period is to lifestyle changes that could be impacting your cycle.
- Your period is considered late if it’s more than eight days overdue and your cycle is normally regular and monthly.
- You can miss your period, not be pregnant, and not have a condition. It can be due to stress, changes in your diet or exercise, weight changes, or medications.
- If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test on the day of your expected period or a few days after.
- Reach out to your doctor if you get a positive result, and if you get a negative result, you can retake the test in a couple of days. If it’s still negative and your period hasn’t arrived, then contact your doctor.
How many days late can a period be before pregnancy is a possibility?
You might be wondering how late a period can be before pregnancy becomes a possibility. Before we go on, let’s do a quick refresher on what exactly a period is. The first day of your period marks the first day of your menstrual cycle, which will continue until your next period. During your menstrual cycle, one of your ovaries will release an egg (a process called ovulation). If it is fertilized by a sperm, and implants into the lining of your uterus, this will mean you’re pregnant. However, if the egg is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus will shed through the vagina in the bleeding you know as your period.
So maybe your period is already three or four days late, or maybe you have irregular periods and you’re not sure exactly how late you are. Well, rest assured that the menstrual cycle isn’t the same for everyone. Healthy cycles can range in length from 21 to 35 days. Plus, how long a cycle lasts can vary from cycle to cycle.