Reasons Your Period Might Be Late

Written by  //  March 16, 2010  //  Pregnancy  //  12 Comments

top reasons for late periodWe’re quite sure that every woman who has ever had sex has wondered why her period may be late.  The most obvious reason, of course, is that you are pregnant.  But before you start shopping for strollers, remember that a woman’s body is affected by many things.  A few of these (in no particular order) are included below.  Have you had regular cycles or are you worried every month?  Tell us your stories in the comments section – sharing helps all of our readers.
Reasons Your Period Might Be Late

1.  Stress
2. Dietary changes
3.  Changes in exercise levels
4.  Lack of sleep
5.  Resumption of menstruation after a time without
6.  Inconsistency or a change in birth control
7.  Intense emotion – death in the family, or falling in love
8.  Jetlag, time changes or a change in schedule
9.  Illness
10.  Changes in medications
11.  Being under or overweight
12.  Peri-menopause
13.  Menopause
14.  Pregnancy, baby.

In case you are still unsure, you can see also our very early signs of pregnancy and take a test.  Trust your body.  You know it better than anyone.  Our ovulation predictor may also be helpful.  Good luck, and you’d better take some folic acid, just in case.

– Jill Amery just loves it when her period is late.  It sets the imagination aflutter.

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12 Comments on "Reasons Your Period Might Be Late"

  1. Caitlin August 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm ·

    Hey I think I may be pregnant. I’m on the pill and i take it consistantly but ive had sex without a condom w/ ejaculation a couple times. I’ve felt really nauseaus off and on the past week, but so has my boyfriend. Yesterday I spotted a little, but today there was quite a lot. I’ve also been gasy and thirsty and constipated, and been cramping or had slight shooting pains off and on. I’m supposed to get my period tomorrow or thursday. I know I have a lot of symptoms, but I’m regular with my birth control pill and have been on it for several months now. Do you think I could still be pregnant?

  2. Nikki February 4, 2011 at 10:55 pm ·

    So, I think I might be pregnant. I had sex a few weeks ago, just shortly after my period, without a condom and there was a couple of ejaculations. I’ve spotted once since then and have missed my period. I’ve been feeling nauseaus with a side of fairly sore breasts. There has not been any cramping pain but a little sharp pain just below my stomach. And I have became fairly tired over the past few days. I don’t know much about being pregnant because I obviously haven’t been yet. Do you think I’m pregnant?

  3. Samantha May 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm ·

    I just finished reading this article and im scared that I might be pregnant. I have been spotting for about 2 days now and im also late for my period. (2 weeks late) Im also under alot of stress as well and been having weird things happen to my body that pregnancy looks like the outcome. My boyfriend and I have been using protection for the past few times but I knw that its not 100% safe with only a condom. I dont know what else to do. I just cant be pregnant!

    Please help, Thanks for listening.

  4. jess June 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm ·

    i havent had mine in over 4 months and then i just started to spot i took a test a month ago but it was neg. I dont no if i could still be pregnant

  5. Elsie Gonzalez July 11, 2011 at 8:41 am ·

    What if you don’t have your period for one month and I’m still waiting for my period. Can I be Pregnant? I haven’t use protection and I had a little bit of blood. I thought that I was going to get my period.

  6. emma October 18, 2011 at 4:28 am ·

    im on the pill now for bout 6 years i av a daughter of 2. nd this past year iv been on 4 different pills but 3 wks ago i was due to finish my pill nd was spotting pink nd brown without a bleed then i stoppee my pill nd im 2 wks nd 3 days late iv had 1 positive test a neg blood test nd 2 neg pee tests. i took 1 pill tablet to see if it wod bring my period on. cud i stil b pregnant

  7. fairy November 17, 2011 at 2:49 am ·

    when should i do pregnancy test actually my period is one day late but yesterday i saw spotting and pinkish colour light bleeding so could i pregnant please help me.

  8. mirra June 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm ·

    Im 7 days late, under a lot of stress and haven’t been sleeping well. I don’t have any signs oft pregnancy, but i did have sexr roughly 3 weeks ago. I’ve had 2 negative setore tests, what do you all think?

  9. anee April 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm ·

    Hi, I m having irregular periods from my last year college days(2006) the cycle used to be in 35-45 days… So I considered it to be alrite but now I m married, the situation got worst , I missed periods for 4 months. I have undergone all pregnancy related tests like fsh tsh lh etc all tests reports came normal… I m so worried n stressed… Plz help me

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