7 Reasons Why Your Period Might Be Late

We all know that terrible sinking feeling that you get when you check the calendar and realize that your period is late. At first, you think that you must have counted wrong, and that you’re actually not supposed to get it for another week. You try to remember the last time you had sex, mentally figuring out the timeline. You think of all of the weird symptoms you’ve been feeling (your boobs hurt the other day for a second!) and then you start freaking out in your mind, thinking, “oh, no, I can’t raise a child right now!!!” Suddenly your life flashes before your eyes and you are a ball of anxiety, all because your period is a few days late. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. It’s okay. Take a deep breath. We are here to help.

There are a lot of reasons why your period might be late, and, no, it doesn’t always mean that you are pregnant. Sure, one of the biggest signs of pregnancy is that you stop getting your period, but there are also women who continue to get their period even throughout their pregnancy (sorry – did I just give you something else to freak out about). Anyway, there are other things besides an unplanned child that can mess with your menstrual cycle. The first thing you need to do when you realize you’re late is calm down, because stress won’t help. The next thing you need to do is go through this list and try and determine where the eff your period is and why it hasn’t come yet. Here are a few reasons your period is late:

Has your period ever been late? What happened? Tell us in the comments!

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