Okay, hunties, let’s talk. It’s pretty obvious that the usual reason for a missed period is pregnancy. Even if you’re sure it can’t possibly be pregnancy, you definitely used protection, etc., we’ve got news: if you’ve had sex, it’s probably pregnancy.
Luckily, there are a lot of options out there for home pregnancy testing kits, and it’s easy to check. So, if you skipped a period and think you might be pregnant or a home pregnancy test confirms that you are, talk to your doctor immediately about getting a confirmation test. It’s always best to know your options. While the home test kits are easy and, mostly, affordable, they can be inaccurate, so get a professional test before jumping to any conclusions.
But now, the big BUT! What happens when you know for a fact that pregnancy isn’t the reason for your late period? Plenty of women who haven’t been sexually active either recently or ever can experience late or missed periods. So, if there isn’t a “bun in the oven,” what else causes a late period?
Well, the short answer is: a lot of things. First, let’s address what counts as your period being late. It has to be five days late or more to be considered something more than usual variance. If it’s been at least a week since your expected date, you should seek the guidance of a medical professional to find out what might be going on with your body.
So, hunties, if your period is officially late, what are some possibilities? Let’s dive in!
Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia can have devastating effects on a person’s body and mind. Besides the other severe health and mental issues caused by the disorders, missed periods are not uncommon.
When you reach a low enough body weight, your ovaries stop ovulating, which means you don’t have periods anymore. This isn’t to say that women who are naturally very thin might not have periods; when low body weight leads to period loss, there’s definitely something unnatural happening.
Often, these eating disorders are symptoms of larger mental health issues that ought to be addressed by a medical professional. If you think you have an eating disorder, you should seek immediate medical attention and treatment.
Similarly, being extremely overweight can also affect your periods.
Menstruating means that your body is in its comfort zone and feels prepared to nourish and host a baby. Too bad it never consults you! If you put on or lose weight in a healthy manner and work with your doctor to get on a healthier diet in a healthier lifestyle, eventually, your cycle may return to normal.
For most women, menopause doesn’t begin until their mid-40s to 50s. Everyone knows that menopause means you can’t get pregnant anymore, and your body is going through some changes to signal that.
However, menopause doesn’t mean just waking up one day and BOOM no more periods. It’s a process that takes a different amount of time for everyone. Skipping a period or two might mean that your body is preparing to enter menopause. That is called perimenopause, which is the first stage of menopause. What? It has stages? Oh yes it does! Three of them, in fact.
During this time, your periods, (when you have them), may become lighter or last for a shorter amount of time than before. You don’t actually enter the main stage of menopause proper until it’s been a full year since your last period. Good to know, right?
But wait! I’m too young for menopause to be starting!
Well, hunties, we have news for you. Early onset menopause is not out of the realm of possibilities. You can be a lot younger when it starts for you, even in your late 30s! However, that’s not always the case, and it might be the symptom of another medical issue, so you should always talk to your doctor about what’s going on with your Vibe before you jump to conclusions.
Being stressed out right now is completely understandable. But, did you know that too much stress can affect your hormones and make your period late? The same stress that leads to weight gain, or loss, and changes so many aspects of your life can also change up your body’s natural cycle, even if it’s been stable for years.
Extra stress can create irregular periods because of how stress affects your hormone levels. The hypothalamus, which is the part of your brain that controls stress and hormonal production, can suffer from the buildup of stress. With all of that stress, the hypothalamus might not be producing the right amounts of hormones needed to initiate ovulation which can throw your whole cycle off.
Did you know that excessive amounts of exercise can also throw off your body’s natural rhythm? Your body naturally produces a hormone called leptin in fatty tissue. If you lower the amount of fatty tissue to unhealthy levels, your periods may not occur regularly, or at all. It takes a pretty extreme amount of training to reach that point, though. Going for regular runs in the morning or lifting weights three times a week isn’t enough to do this.
Hunties, we’re talking rigorous training, the type you do for a marathon, triathlon, or other major competition. In fact, some female professional athletes never get their period at all! Many gymnasts and long-distance runners started exercising at such a young age that their bodies never had a chance to develop enough fatty tissue necessary to have periods! Wild, right?
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Commonly called PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is an illness found in women prior to menopause. While doctors don’t know exactly what causes it, there are treatments for it, so you don’t have to suffer in silence. Consistently late or irregular periods is one symptom, (and the one you’re most likely to notice), so you should always consult with a medical professional.
The reason PCOS makes your periods irregular is that your body is making too much luteinizing hormone, which usually means high levels of androgens like testosterone, which can sometimes show physical signs, such as severe acne, a lot of body or facial hair, and even male-pattern baldness.
Usually, your ovaries become enlarged and contain cysts around the eggs which prevents your body from ovulating, hence the weird period schedule. There are certain complications of PCOS that can result in serious issues though, which is why you need to talk to your doctor if you think PCOS is a factor. These possible complications include:
- High blood pressure
- Increased likelihood of miscarriage
- Inflamed liver
- Type 2 diabetes
- Uterine cancer
- Abnormal bleeding
Our Final Thoughts
The good news is that, in most cases, missing your period isn’t the end of the world! Often, it’s something simple, like stress, that can be addressed. But, even when it isn’t, knowledge is power.
Knowing what’s going on with your body is the first step in making the necessary changes to your life and your cycle. Plus, knowing what your body is up to helps you make the right decisions about products to buy to ease your symptoms.
Really want more information about what’s going on with your Vibe? Try Femme Detox’s Feminine pH Test Strips to check out if everything’s normal and healthy. And hunties, remember, if your period comes after being a few days late, it may be heavier than normal or might include more cramping than you’re used to. Ouch!
Feel free to try Yoni Steaming to help alleviate feelings of discomfort, and you’ll be feeling like a queen again in no time! Remember, missed periods happen, so don’t panic!