For a sexually active girl, one of the worst and scariest feelings in the world has to be that moment you realize that your period is late. Not just by a few hours or a day, but by a few days, or maybe even a few weeks. Even if you’re very careful about protection during sex, you suddenly start picking apart every detail of your last few encounters. You try not to panic, but you can’t help it, and before you know it, you’re Googling symptoms of pregnancy and freaking out in front of your computer.
We’ve all been there, and we all know how difficult it is to not assume the worst in that situation. But before you have a meltdown, it’s important to know that there are other reasons your period could be late besides pregnancy, and most of them are fairly innocent. For starters, you might just have an irregular cycle. So why is your period late? Read these 8 possible reasons your period is late before you go out and buy yourself a pregnancy test. Good luck, girl!
You Just Started or Stopped Birth Control PillsWhether you're just starting to take birth control pills or you just decided to stop, it may take a while for your body adjust to the changes. When you start taking the pills, your first period on them will probably come at a different time than usual. After that first one, things should start getting more routine, but it can still take some girls a few months. And if you're stopping the pill, your period can be late or nonexistent for a few months. I just stopped taking birth control pills, and my first period off of them was a week late. Source: ShutterStock
You're Too StressedBelieve it or not, stress is one of the biggest reasons your period might be late. Too much stress and anxiety can effect the part of your brain that regulates hormones for ovulation and menstruation. So if you're stressing over your late period, that feeling is probably just going to make it even more late. Source: ShutterStock
You Gained Or Lost WeightI don't just mean a few pounds here and there. A drastic change in your weight can really effect your menstrual cycle. So can being overweight or underweight - being either of these things can stop menstruation completely. Eating disorders can also cause a missing period. Source: ShutterStock
It's Because Of A Medical ConditionIf your period is consistently late, you should consider going to the doctor - it can be a sign of a medical condition. Late or missed periods can be a sign of a lot of different things such as certain STDs, a thyroid disorder, or an ovarian cyst. Get yourself checked out! Source: ShutterStock
Too Much ExerciseA lot of female athletes have late periods or missed periods because they exercise or train too much. Going overboard on the exercise can put too much stress on your body, and that can mess up your menstrual cycle. If you play sports or do a lot of strenuous activity, this could very well be the reason your period isn't showing up. Source: ShutterStock?
It's Because You're SickIt's possible that that virus you caught last week could mess up your period schedule. Sometimes, even the medication a doctor prescribes you can cause a late period. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's still totally possible. Source: ShutterStock
You Miscalculated The TimeIt's completely possible that you screwed up the dates and your period isn't even late at all! Hey, it happens to the best of us. If you're having trouble keeping track of your cycle, there are a lot of helpful apps you can download that will do the tracking for you. Also, keep in mind that your cycle can fluctuate. Unless you're on birth control pills or you're extremely regular, you're probably not going to get your period at the same time of the same day of every month. Source: ShutterStock
You're PregnantSorry, but this one is still a possibility. If you haven't had your period in a while, and you had unprotected sex (or the condom broke or something like that), get a pregnancy test to see if anything is going on. Source: ShutterStock
Here’s a video with all the late period facts you need to know!
Is your period late very often? What goes through your head when your period is late? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments!