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Late Period: Everything You Need to Know

Having a late period might come as a surprise to you, especially if you’re not trying to get pregnant. Is it the time to take a test? Not so fast. The truth is, there are many reasons for late periods other than pregnancy. It can be affected by your health, age, diet, stress and even exercise. In this article, let’s look at the most common late period causes and figure out the correct approach to delayed menstruation.

Numerous studies show that a slight variation in the length of the menstrual cycle is normal.

More than 100 women with normal menstrual cycle lengths (between 21 and 35 days) took part in a large-scale study which showed interesting results: intracycle variability of greater than 7 days was observed in 42.5% of women! As you can see, one or a couple of days is not a problem.

Why is my period late? This is the question that concerns many teens.

The truth is, for many teenagers, the first few years of menstruation involve irregular periods.

The body continually develops in this stage of life and a teen’s ovaries do not always release an egg monthly. This may result in periods as frequent as every two weeks or as far apart as three months.

Having fluctuating periods for two years or less during adolescence with normal physical exam results probably indicates a normal irregularity. Teens' cycles start to regulate as their hormone levels stabilize, although some women will still have irregular cycles on an ongoing basis.

Don't worry! Continue monitoring your body. When your period comes, use Flo to log the date and the symptoms. The app can be your late period calculator even if you have irregular cycle

There’s a ton of reasons for late period besides pregnancy. When a woman stops having periods, it could be related to lifestyle factors like stress, strict diet, or extensive physical activity.

It might also result from the use of birth control pills, various diseases and hormonal abnormalities, or problems with the reproductive organs or the glands that regulate hormone levels. Finally, it could be due to pregnancy.

Home pregnancy tests enable you to determine if you're pregnant at a very early stage.

These tests detect the presence of the “pregnancy hormone” called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. Your body makes this hormone when a fertilized egg is implanted in your uterus.

Is your period 5 days late or more? Take the test for the most accurate results. In some cases, a positive test may be seen earlier as hCG levels increase differently for different women. At the same time, late period negative pregnancy test is also quite common, so a delay doesn’t always indicate pregnancy.

If you have your period 3 days late, it doesn’t necessarily mean pregnancy. Late period reasons can be divided into 3 groups:

  • Physiological: stress, sudden weight changes, climate or time zone changes, breastfeeding (lactational amenorrhea), etc.
  • Medically induced: The cycle disruption is associated with taking or canceling medications, including hormonal contraceptives and antidepressants.​
  • Pathological: The cycle disruption is caused by diseases such as ovarian pathology, uterine diseases, endocrine system disorders, etc.

Excessively low body weight — weight that is about 10% below normal — interrupts many hormonal functions in your body, which can cause ovulation and menstruation to stop.

Women who have an eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia often have reasons for delayed period because of these abnormal hormonal changes.

Doing activities that require rigorous training, combined with other factors, such as low body fat, stress, and high energy expenditure may disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle. Don’t forget to add workouts and other physical activity in Flo, it will make the prediction of your late menstrual cycle and ovulation more accurate. 

Important to remember: If menstruation doesn’t come 7–10 days after the expected time, you should consult a doctor and be examined.

Can you miss a period and not be pregnant?

Yes! Pregnancy isn’t the only thing that can cause a missed period. Hormonal imbalances, such as those caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome or follicular cysts can make you miss your period. Stress, hormonal birth control, excessive exercise, malnutrition, breastfeeding, chronic diseases, and certain drugs can all cause you to miss a period.

How long does it take to miss a period after conception?

Most women miss their period around two weeks after conception. That is because conception tends to happen around day 12-14 before your next periods start, which is when you ovulate. Two weeks after that, you’re approximately on day 28 of your cycle, which is when you would normally expect your period to come. 

Can I miss my period for 2 months and not be pregnant?

Depending on the cause, yes. Conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature ovarian failure, chronic diseases, or malnutrition can make you miss consecutive periods. Some types of birth control can also stop your periods. However, it’s always recommended that you take a pregnancy test in these cases. If the test is negative, go to your doctor to determine the cause of your missed periods.

How soon can you tell if you are pregnant?

Most doctors recommend that you wait until the first day of your missed period to take a pregnancy test, since taking a test too soon after conception can lead to a false negative test. However, some tests are more sensitive than others and can be taken as soon as 7 to 12 days after conception. The most precise method to determine pregnancy is to take blood hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) test.

What are the home remedies for late periods?

The treatment for irregular periods depends on their cause, but certain home remedies can help regulate your cycle. Since stress is a major factor in irregular menstrual cycles, activities such as yoga can help. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, ginger or cinnamon supplements have been shown to help with irregular periods.

Can stress make your period late?

Absolutely! Stress and anxiety can cause hormonal imbalances that lead to many symptoms, like diarrhea, rapid breathing, abdominal pain… and yes, late periods. Stress can suppress the action of certain hormones that are needed to regulate your menstrual cycle. That’s why finding effective stress management techniques can be helpful in regulating your menstrual cycle.

How much delay in periods is normal?

Menstrual cycles are considered normal if they last anywhere between 21 to 35 days. Your cycle can vary, but your period is considered late after 5 days from the date when you expected it to come. A period is considered to have been missed if it’s been 6 weeks or more since the first day of your last menstruation.

What are the signs of implantation?

Implantation is the process through which an embryo attaches itself to the uterine lining. It doesn’t always cause symptoms. However, some women report feeling light cramping, headaches, and mood swings around the time of implantation. Implantation bleeding can occur around the date when you expect your period, but it’s usually lighter and only causes pink of brown spotting or discharge.

How can you tell if your pregnant within the first week?

It’s normal to be impatient, but most tests won’t be able to diagnose a pregnancy within a week of conception. Some tests can be used as early as 4 to 5 days after having unprotected sex, but they’re not always reliable. If you get a negative test a week after sex, you should repeat it if you miss your period.

How many days after missed period pregnancy test is positive?

Once you’ve missed your period, most pregnancy tests are accurate. But some women might have lower hCG levels that can’t be detected by tests quite so soon. You can repeat a test 5 to 10 days after missing your period for more accurate results. A blood test can also determine your hCG levels exactly.







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