You never imagine that you would actually miss getting your period until it’s late! Before you panic, remember that there are multiple things that can throw your cycle off-balance - and no, it doesn’t have to be pregnancy. Take a deep breath, it will show up. So stop thinking about it so much. In the meantime, here are a few reasons that can explain what’s holding up Aunty Flo.
1. Your daily routine has changed
Have you started a new job or a new college? Changed the time you wake up? Are you pulling off regular all-nighters? A change up in your regular lifestyle could mean that your cycle is trying to catch up and your hormones are simply confused. This is especially true if the change began at the time of the month when you were ovulating. Don’t worry, once your body adjusts to your new routine, all should go back to normal, including your period. Be patient.
Just ‘coz you're on vacay doesn’t mean that your period is! Travelling, long flights, new places, and a change in time zone can mess with your inner clock. For some, it can cause the period to come early, and for others, it can be late. Chill out, enjoy your trip and give your cycle some time to adjust. It’s completely normal.
3. You’re totally stressed
A breakup, final exams, a demanding boss, moving houses – there are a number of things we all go through regularly that can be causing us major tension. The probability of stress affecting your period is really high. Your body can be holding off on ovulation till you’re not as stressed - it’s nature’s way of coping. Maybe all you need to do is take a chill pill.
As common as it is, sometimes a nasty cold can set back your cycle. Not necessarily every time you get the flu, but if you happen to fall sick around the middle of your cycle during ovulation, then there are chances that you could feel the repercussions 2 weeks later with a late period or sometimes you can miss it altogether. It can happen because your body is so busy fighting bacteria and viruses, it can’t ovulate at the same time. Don’t worry, every time you get the sniffles (remember stress is bad!), we’re just saying that it can happen.
5. Sudden weight loss or gain
Gradually shedding the pounds or gaining them is healthy. But sudden fluctuations in weight thanks to dieting, binge eating or exercising effectively definitely will impact your period. Your hormones will have a tough time adapting to your new body between your last cycle and now. Your weight has a direct impact on your cycle, so go about it in a healthy way.
We all know that the average cycle is 28 days but it can be longer or shorter from girl to girl, which can make it a bit confusing to calculate when to expect your period. Which means that maybe it’s not really late. Also, slight irregularities are perfectly normal. So if you got it early last month, there could be chances that you’ll get it late this month. Embrace your body’s eccentricities.
7. Hormonal imbalances
You’ll be surprised at just how common PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is! In fact, some girls can go their whole lives without even knowing they have it! It’s a hormonal imbalance that alters the levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that are directly related to your cycle. Irregular periods are one of the most common but easily treatable symptoms of PCOS - so make sure to visit your doctor if you suspect you have it. Thyroid is another disorder related to hormones that could be messing with your period.