Many a times in a woman’s life she may experience a delay in her schedule of periods. If she is a woman with an active sex life then she is likely to start believing that she is pregnant. If you have been planning for such an event, then this could be cause for joy but if not then it could be cause for panic.
But wait! A delayed period need not be a pregnancy every time. There could be many reasons for this happening. Here we list out seven of the most likely reasons that your normally timely period has been delayed. Reading this will mollify some of your anxiety and you can feel more at peace:
- Major changes in your daily routine: This could be due to many reasons like a change in job or change in work timings. Or it could be a happy occasion like a big function or a big vacation that you have taken. Your body maybe taking some to adjust to all these changes, even more likely when these changes occur at the time of your regular ovulation making it delayed.
- The impact of stress: Stress is often a big factor in changing your menstrual cycle. A highly emotional state can be the cause of delay in your period and you worrying about it may cause it to get delayed even more.
- Sickness: If you are sick with something during the time that your ovulation would normally take place this could delay it. Which means you ovulate later and your period also gets delayed. In case your period has been delayed you need to reflect on whether you were not well in the past few weeks.
- Medications: Medications are another factor whether you are taking a new one or changing the dosage of what you are consuming already will impact many part of your body, one of them being menstruation. That is why any medication changes need to be coordinated between your general physician and your gynecologist. So the next time you visit and the doctor asks you about what medications you are on, you know why they are asking.
- Change in weight: Another thing apart from a delayed period that is a bane of a woman’s existence is weight and that is why maybe both are related. Any major gain or loss of weight will cause your cycle of ovulation off kilter. You will have noticed that extremely thin or extremely obese women do not get their periods at all and the underlying cause is the weight.
- Doing too much exercise: Sometime the fitness bug bites us really hard and we tend to take this to the extremes. Well, this too has an impact on your period and things could get delayed. It has been noticed that people who are into excess physical activity do have delayed periods.
- Wrong calculation: The average cycle for menstruation is regarded as 4 weeks. But the fact is each woman has her own cycle usually varying from 3-5 weeks. Sometimes women do not keep track of their periods properly and end up panicking about a delayed period. Sometimes getting an early period last month could be the cause of delay in your period this month.
We have summed up some of the very basic reasons that a normal, healthy woman who is not pregnant may see her menstrual cycle going off the track. It goes without saying that there could be many medical reasons for the delay in periods like a Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or thyroid or eating disorders. In case your period is delayed for more than 14 days and you have tested negative in a pregnancy test, you should meet your gynecologist.