Why is my period late?

Why is my period late?

Women who are in their childbearing years sometimes miss a period. While a missed menstrual period is the hallmark of early pregnancy, missing a period can be due to a number of factors and conditions. If you’ve missed a period, try not to stress out. However, you’ll want to rule out pregnancy. You do not have to wait until you miss a period if you suspect you are pregnant. The trained staff at Support Circle can help by administering a free pregnancy test prior to expecting your period. This test is more than 99% accurate and performed by a nurse.

Once you have a negative pregnancy test, you may wish to repeat the test in a few days or your missed period may be due to the following:

  • Stress and anxiety– Stress isn’t good for your body, and it can cause you to have delayed ovulation.
  • Excessive weight loss, or weight gain– Losing a substantial amount of weight, or gaining too much weight too quickly can cause you to experience menstrual problems, like a missed period or a delayed period.
  • Contraceptives– Some women who take certain birth control don’t have regular periods.
  • Breastfeeding– When you breastfeed exclusively, the hormones that are allowing lactation to occur can block ovulation and your regular menstrual cycle.
  • Eating disorders– When you have excessively low body weight this can interfere with hormonal functions, which might stop ovulation.
  • Rigorous Exercise– Women who participate in activities and sports that require them to undergo rigorous training often experience skipped periods or no periods at all.
  • Medication– There are some medications that can disrupt menstrual cycles.
  • Hormonal imbalance– When you have hormonal problems, it can change the levels of hormones that your body requires to support ovulation and the menstruation process.
  • Problems with your thyroid
  • Uterine scarring– If your uterus is scarred from disease or medical procedures, this can prevent the normal buildup and shedding of the uterine lining common to a regular menstrual cycle.
  • Perimenopause – This is the time period before the complete cessation of menstrual periods and, in some women, may begin as early as their mid-thirties.

If you have a late or missed period, we encourage you to visit one of our three Bay Area clinics to have a pregnancy test or to talk to a nurse.

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