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Reasons for a late period

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Reasons for a late period

The delay of the menstrual cycle, especially for those who are accustomed to it at its time and regular time in each month, may be a worrying and sometimes painful thing, and there are many reasons that can lead to the delay of the menstrual period, including:

 Feeling nervous:

 It has been observed that a long period of stress and mood swings affect a woman's menstrual cycle, it may make it longer or shorter than usual, and also may cause her to be absent or late. In fact, when stress is a cause of delayed menstruation, a woman may suffer from very painful cramps, and for this it is recommended to avoid the main cause that was a source of tension, to exercise regularly, and to make sure to get enough restful sleep, which helps to get rid of tension and reduce From its severity, and the regularity of the menstrual cycle again.


Menopause is known among people as the age of menopause or the age of hope, and the average age at which menopause occurs is 52 years, and it means the absence of a menstrual period for a period of at least 12 months, and sometimes many women suffer from symptoms of the perimenopause early, i.e. Before 10-15 years of complete menopause, then her menstrual cycle is delayed and irregular, and these symptoms are attributed to an imbalance in the levels of the estrogen hormone, which in turn regulates a woman's menstrual cycle.

Obesity and weightloss :

Heavy weight loss and intense exercise is a strong reason for delaying the menstrual cycle. Losing weight below a healthy body weight or lowering body fat percentage than normal can change the levels of reproductive hormones and reduce them to the extent that does not allow ovulation or menstruation to occur, and for this it is recommended A woman whose menstrual cycle is late for her due date after a significant weight loss, consult a dietitian to get the appropriate amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that her body needs.

As we mentioned above that significant weight loss affects a woman’s menstrual cycle, as well as obesity negatively affects the regularity of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Taking birth control medications:

 Some types of birth control medications depend on the hormones that may cause a missed period for a certain period. In fact, these drugs usually contain the hormones estrogen and progestin, which function to keep the lining of the uterus so thin that there is not enough of the lining to cause menstruation.

Hormonal changes:

Any disturbance or imbalance in the levels of some hormones in a woman's body may lead to a delay in the menstrual cycle.
 Such as: thyroid hormones, and prolactin hormone, which is also known as the milk hormone, and it is worth noting that this is easy to detect by conducting blood tests for these hormones, and then reviewing specialist doctors to determine the causes of the imbalance of hormone levels, some of which are inherited within the family and some of them It indicates a critical illness, after the doctor determines the cause, he gives the woman drugs that modify hormone levels, which regulates the date of her menstrual cycle.


PCOS is one of the most important hormonal disorders that affect women of childbearing age, and what distinguishes them is the formation of small cysts on the ovaries, the increase in the chance of acne, increased facial and body hair, and the affected woman may suffer from obesity, irregular or absent menstruation, It is worth noting that it is necessary to see a doctor in order to evaluate the pathology of a woman who suspects that she is suffering from these symptoms, and if this condition is not properly treated in a woman of childbearing age, it may increase the chance of developing endometrial cancer.


When a woman is married, she should not rule out the occurrence of pregnancy as a reason for the delay of her menstrual period, even if she uses methods to prevent pregnancy from occurring correctly and regularly, in fact there is no effective contraceptive method 100%.
 It is very important to make sure that a home pregnancy test and see a doctor if the pregnancy test gave a negative result, but there is still a delay in menstruation