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Eight possible reasons for delayed periods

  • Stress is one of the biggest reasons for delay in menstrual cycle. Stress decreases the amount of the hormone called GnRH. This prevents ovulation, causing delay in periods. Try to meditate, exercise and relax. In extreme case, consult your doctor.
  • Although temporarily, an illness, cough, cold, fever or any other infection may cause delay in your period. However, your menstruation cycle will become normal and regular once you recover from the illness.
  • Irregular schedules may disturb your body clock. Irregular working hours, night shifts, work-load at home or at office may disrupt your daily routine, affecting your periods.
  • If you are taking birth control pills or are on any other medication, it may be a reason for the delay in your periods. Consult your doctor for the same.
  • Obesity or being overweight, too, can affect the regularity of your periods. Also, being underweight can delay your periods. At times, it can even stop your periods, which is know as amenorrhoea. So, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight- not more, not less.
  • Menopause can greatly affect your menstrual cycle, including the flow.
  • Hormonal imbalance like that in poly-cystic ovary syndrome, which is common among teenagers, can be a reason for delay in periods.
  • And lastly, a delay in periods may be a missed periods, which may indicate pregnancy. Take a home pregnancy test for confirmation.

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