5 Perfectly Normal Reasons for Your Late Periods

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You might just be stressed.

Does your late period have you worried you might be pregnant, even during those months you may know that's not possible?

Before you start panicking, take a deep breath in and let it all out. There are actually a handful of fairly common reasons why your period is late that don't include you being pregnant.

While most women have their periods every 28 days, the menstrual cycle can fluctuate due to a variety of causes.

Discover what they are below!

1. Stress

One of the most common reasons for a late period (other than pregnancy), is stress. Too much of it can seriously mess with your hormones, causing your period to arrive later than usual. So if you recently started a new job or have had some financial trouble, all the stress induced by those occurrences may be the root of your late period.

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2. Age

As we grow older, our bodies go through some pretty serious changes—which we're sure you're more than aware of at this point. This is also why it takes your menstrual cycle some time to regulate itself. When you first begin your period, it'll likely come whenever it wants and desires, seldom ever sticking to it's schedule. The same goes as you near menopause, along with lighter or heavier periods.

3. Extreme Exercise

Working out too much and too often can have a serious impact on the regularity of your periods. It throws off your hormones, which will make your body think it's not time to have your period. If you exercise often or are even a pro athlete, you may be all too accustomed to this happening with your cycle. Just be sure to talk to your doctor if anything seems entirely out of whack.

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4. Birth Control

Did you start new birth control? Did you take yourself off it? That may be another cause for your late period. They do affect your hormones, after all, which can cause your periods to be lighter and even less frequent. Be sure to reach out to your doctor if you're still not entirely sure how your birth control works.

5. Illness

Whether you're deathly ill or have the common cold, being sick also impacts the arrival of your period. If you were sick last month, even if it was minor, that could likely be the culprit behind your period being late.

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