missed periodNothing strikes fear into the heart of any woman like a missed period; unless, of course, she is trying to get pregnant. Pregnancy is the first thing that we think of when our period is delayed. But is pregnancy really the only reason for people to have a late period?

Sure your missed period might be because you’re pregnant. After all, a simple pregnancy test can always¬†help you determine if you have missed your period because you are pregnant. The urine pregnancy tests and blood pregnancy tests look for the hormone hCG. But there are also other factors like;

Stress can affect many things in our lives, including our periods. Sometimes we’re so stressed out that our body decreases the amount of the hormone (GnRH), which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. Working with your doctor or midwife can help you figure out what you need to do to relax and get back on schedule. This can sometimes take a few months or more to work itself out.

A sudden, short illness or even a longer illness can cause your periods to be delayed. This is usually temporary. If you think this is the reason that your period is late, talk to your practitioner about when they expect your period to return.

Weight Issues
Carrying around too much weight can metabolically shift your cycles and even stop them. Most women will see a return to normal cycles and fertility with the loss of some weight, even if they are still considered overweight.

The menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman. While we say that the average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, that is not true for everyone. Sometimes our period is believed to be late when in all actuality we have simply miscalculated. If you have irregular menstrual cycles, but know when you ovulate, look for your period about two weeks after you ovulate. That may help you keep an easier track of your periods.

If you have taken a pregnancy test and it is negative, most tests advise you to wait another week and retest. If the second test is negative or if you have a good idea of why your period is missing, then you can and should call the doctor or midwife sooner for a physical exam. They may also do blood work and can sometimes prescribe medications to help bring on an uncertain period.