Menstruations are failry regular for most women, but short-term or long-term disruptions occur occasionally. Delayed menstruation is a relatively common phenomenon that can have many underlying causes. Delayed menstrual bleeding is usually classified as menstrual disturbances of the type amenorrhea.
A delayed menstruation isn’t necessarily a sign of any major defects or conditions. The menstrual bleeding have a natural variance, it can differ a lot when your period occur from month to month and how long the bleeding last. The bleeding can last between 2-7 days, but may last longer. Furthermore, there are many factors that can affect the menstrual cycle:
- Hormonal Disorders
- Stress, worry and anxiety
- Your mental or physical wellbeing, e.g if you feel good or bad
- There are health conditions or diseases where delayed or missed period is one of the symptoms
- Physical condition that causes stress and strain: for example, malnutrition, underweight, overweight, and especially hard training
Why can it be delayed
There are many potential reasons why your period is late. Perhaps the most obvious reason is pregnancy. Even if you are not pregnant and your period is late, there is no need to be overly concerned. Your period can be late without it being a symptom that something is wrong. A couple of examples:
- Stress or anxiety can have a negative impact on the body, and even menstruation may be affected. Your body can react to the stress or you feel bad by temporarily turning off reproduction capacity.
- Diet and lifestyle. Women who are malnourished or lose a lot of weight can also have unusually late periods. Menstruation can also be absent because the before mentioned reasons
- Hormonal problems. They can be natural or be associated with, for example, hormonal contraceptives. If you recently started, changed or stopped with a variety of hormonal contraceptive it is possible that you may experience reactions such as delayed menstruations
- Diseases. It is a less common reason for delayed menstruation. When diseases and health conditions are the underlying cause, there are usually more symptoms than delayed or absent menstruation. Three examples of diseases are endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or PCO
When to seek help
If your periods tend to be very regular and your menstruations are becoming late with increasing frequency during a time span between a few months to six months, contact a doctor for a thorough check up.