Why Do Periods Delay Sometimes When Not Pregnant?
Q: I am a female of 19 years. I am skipping my periods since I am 12 and a half years old. I normally get my period in 35 days after the previous. Now, it has been 43 days since my last period. I am very tense. I indulge in making out sessions with my boyfriend. There is no question of pregnancy. Please advice me what is wrong and what to do?
– By Minal
Have you been taking oral contraceptives or any hormonal pills recently?
Such pills can disturb menses. They commonly delay menses, gradually prolonging the duration after which next menses would begin. Pills can also cause missed periods.
Causes of Delayed or Missed Periods
There are many other causes of delayed or missed periods, other than pregnancy. They are as follows:
- Stress– This is common in your age group. This age is a transition from childhood to adulthood. It’s natural to have stress related to studies, relations or peer pressure. Like other systems of the body, stress also disturbs menstrual cycles. Stress reduces the amount of a hormone called GnRH in the body. This interferes with menses and may cause a delay of periods or even a missed period at times.
- Any sudden change in weight- Sudden gain of weight or loss of weight (as in dieting) can affect menses.
- Doing lot of activities (over-exercises)
- Smoking or alcohol consumption
If, however, you feel that none of the above reasons hold relevant in your case, we would suggest you to get yourself checked up. There may be certain medical conditions that are causing this abnormality.
Medical Conditions Leading to Disturbed Menses
- Polycystic ovarian disease
- Uterine problems like endometriosis
- Uterine growths such as fibroids, cysts or polyps
You can visit a gynecologist and get yourself checked to rule out any of these conditions. Early treatment is always better, so it’s desirable to take action now.