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Late Period, But Not Pregnant? Here are the Possible Reasons Why


Menstrual period should show up at a specific time every month. Sometimes, it can be a few days late, which is often not a cause of worry. However, if you are skipping a few weeks to a few months before your period comes, this could be a sign that you have a health problem.

Not Pregnancy

A missed period is generally associated with pregnancy. Oftentimes, the early signs that you are going to be a mom are similar to an impending menstrual cycle, such as bloating, breast tenderness, and abdominal cramping. But what if you are not sexually active or you are sure you’re not pregnant and yet your period is late? There are actually other reasons why that indicate you could have some health issues:

Stress

This has unpleasant effects on your body, which can include acne, weight gain, and headaches. Stress can also affect your period as your body does not produce hormones correctly, most especially cortisol and adrenaline.

Sickness

Sometimes, if you had fever or any illness during the time you’re supposed to ovulate, this can cause stress to your body. When this happens, your period will often arrive late or even be absent for the whole month. If it is indeed sickness that caused the late period, it should return when you’re feeling better.

Obesity

Obese people often miss their period. Weight affects the hypothalamus, which is a gland found in the brain that regulates different processes in your body. This includes your period. Being obese or gaining a lot of weight in a short time can result to excess estrogen production. This may lead to absence of ovulation, so your menstrual cycle becomes unstable.

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