Late Period! Why could that be?
Have any of you ever given enough thought to why are your periods late?? Having a late period can be very stressful, if a woman is used to having regular periods or is unsure about pregnancy. There are many other reasons why a woman might have a late period, ranging from birth control to stress.
Let’s look at some possible reasons for a late period.
1. Low Body Weight: Women with eating disorders like ANOREXIA or BULIMIA, will experience missed periods, or a late period, in this case we want to know why are your periods late in such situations? Intense weight loss or intense exercise can result in a woman missing her periods. When a woman is underweight / low body-fat ratio can also alter reproductive hormone levels, lowering them to levels where ovulation and menstruation do not occur. Getting treatment for your eating disorders and maintaining a healthy body weight can help in getting your cycle back to normal.
2. Obesity: Body weight change causes hormonal changes, so can being overweight. Being overweight is one of the key answers to the question - why are your periods late? missed periods can sometimes signal that a woman has a medical complication, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), it is essential for a woman to be correctly checked and diagnosed by a doctor. It’s important to maintain a balanced diet coinciding with physical activity in your daily routine.
3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder. It causes your body to produce excess amounts of the male hormone - androgen. Due to this hormonal imbalance, cysts develop on the ovaries. This leads to irregular ovulation.
4. Birth Control: You will experience a change in your cycle as and when you decide to go on or off birth control. Birth control pills contain the hormones estrogen & progestin, this prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. At times, these hormones keep the lining of the uterus so thin that there is not enough of the lining to cause a period. This is applicable to all forms of hormonal birth control, patches, shots, including pills and implants.
5. Chronic Diseases: Chronic diseases such as diabetes or Celiac will affect your menstrual cycle. The changes in blood sugar are linked to hormonal changes. Therefore, poorly controlled diabetes can also cause irregular periods. Celiac disease causes inflammation that can lead to damage in your small intestine, which may prevent your body from absorbing key nutrients. This can cause late or missed periods.
6. Stress: Stress can throw off your hormones, change your daily routine, and even affect the part of your brain responsible for regulating your period — your hypothalamus. Over time, stress can lead to illness or sudden weight gain or loss, all of which can impact your cycle. If you think stress might be throwing off your period, try practicing relaxation techniques and making lifestyle changes. Adding more exercise to your regimen may help get you back on track.
7. Thyroid Issues: An overactive gland or an underactive thyroid gland is a cause of late or missed periods. The thyroid manages your body’s metabolism - hormone levels will be affected as well. Thyroid issues can usually be treated with medication. After treatment, your period will likely return to normal.
8. Early Peri - Menopause: Women begin menopause between ages 45 to 60. Women who develop symptoms around age 35 - 40 are considered to have experienced an Early Peri - Menopause. This gives you a clear and simple indication of your egg generation reducing. Resulting in missed periods and over time the end of menstruation.