So…you’ve missed a period. You were expecting it, then the day came and went… and there was no blood to be seen. GASP. What do you do? First things first: don’t automatically assume you’re pregnant (we will get to that later). There are actually quite a few reasons you might have missed a period. No matter what the reason is, though, one thing is for sure: it can be really annoying, scary, and it can throw your whole week or month off. I get it, I’ve been there. It SUCKS. But aside from having a panic attack, there are some things you have to do if your period is late or just disappeared all together. Not all hope is lost, I promise!
Whether your period is just super late or MIA, you have to do this stuff to make sure that you are healthy, and to try and make sure your next period comes on time (or at all). Sometimes, missing your period is no big deal, and other times it could indicate something a little more serious, so it’s important to cover all of your bases. If you’ve noticed your monthly visitor is MIA and you’re frantically Googling, “Can I be pregnant even if I’ve never had sex?” or “Could I can be pregnant if my boyfriend came on my thigh three months ago and then I didn’t shower after?” please take a deep breath, relax, and read this. Here are some things you need to do right now if your period is late:
Don't PanicThe first and most important thing you need to do if your period is MIA is to NOT panic. I know it's super hard and you automatically assume you are pregnant, even if you have never even kissed another human being in your life. The more you stress, the less likely it will be that your period shows up. Try not to assume the worst. Image Source: iStock
Address Your StressAfter you calm yourself down by repeating "I'm probably not pregnant" over and over, it's time to figure out why your period is nowhere to be found. Are you stressed about school? Have you been dealing with some friend drama recently? Stress and anxiety can halt your period, so you have to make sure you have a handle on that. If you are overwhelmed or upset, your period will not come when it is supposed to! Image Source: iStock
Get A Period TrackerThere is a small chance that you miscalculated when your period is supposed to come, which could mean you are just stressing for no reason! In order to make sure you are actually on track, try to keep a period tracker, either on your phone or in your bullet journal. It will help keep things organized! Source
Make Sure You're Not Getting SickIf your period is late or not coming, it could be an early sign that you're getting sick. You should be sure to try to have some vitamin C and if you're feeling a little iffy, try and get some rest. Image Source: iStock
ExerciseIf you want your period to come and have a crazy amount of pent up energy, try going for a run. It can help jump start your period if it is running a little behind, and the endorphins will make you feel great! Image Source: iStock
Check Your WeightSometimes, losing or gaining weight can make you miss your period. If you notice that your pants are feeling a little baggy, i could be why you missed your period. You should check to make sure you're at a good and healthy weight Image Source: iStock
Try The PillIf you keep getting your period at weird times (it happens!) you should talk to your gyno about getting on the pill. It can help regulate your period, and even make them shorter so that you can feel more in control of your ~monthly visitor~. Image Source: iStock
Test For PregnancyOkay, if all else fails and you have recently had unprotected sex, you might want to test for pregnancy. I'm not saying that you are pregnant, but a missed period can be an early sign of pregnancy. I don't want to freak you out, since it could be a slew of other things, but if it comes down to it, you might need to check! Image Source: iStock
Talk To Your DoctorIf you're not pregnant and not on the pill but your period STILL isn't coming, you should definitely go see a doctor to make sure there isn't any underlying health condition. You never know, and it's much better to be safe than sorry! Image Source: iStock
What do you do after you miss a period? Tell us in the comments!