Many of us had mini panic attacks due to delayed menstruation, understandably so. However, there are multiple causes of delayed menstruation apart from pregnancy. The various factors that can affect your monthly menstrual cycle are changes in weight, stress levels, dietary changes, additional medication or supplements, birth control, and more. In case a few days of delayed menstruation is the case, you might not need to worry. In case there is a prolonged irregularity in your menstrual cycle you might want to consult your gynecologist. If you do not have a known medical condition such as Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or Poly-Cystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOD) your periods should be within 24 to 38 days of your last period.
In case your period is delayed by a day or two it should not be of concern, if a period is delayed by 7 days it is a late period, and if the period is missed by more than 2 -3 weeks, it is a missed period. In this article we shed light on the various causes of delayed menstruation and if you should be concerned.
There are many causes of a delay period, some of them are:
In case you have missed your period not due to pregnancy but due to other symptoms like stress, irregular lifestyle changes, hormonal birth control, or any other it is best advised to consult your gynecologist in order to determine the root cause of delayed menstruation and detect any underlying medical conditions on time.
Menstrual cycles are different for every woman. It is essential to note that while the generic menstrual cycle is a 28-day cycle, it may vary for each and every person varying between 28 to 34 days or more. A few days of difference here and there will not make a difference as such. However, if you have delayed menstruation every month and it is accompanied by symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, nausea, or bleeding that lasts longer than 72 hours it is best to see your doctor immediately.