5 major reasons for delayed periods

Delayed or skipped periods can dread the hell out of a woman. She can only feel carefree about her irregular periods when it first begins and when the menopause starts.  Though Pregnancy is one of the most common reasons for missing your period, it is still not the only one. There are various others. And to know what these reasons are, scroll down and read:

Stress

Stress is one of the major reasons behind a delayed period.  It is so bad for a woman’s body that it can even hamper the production and regulation of the body’s essential hormones which may further result in causing her to not menstruate or ovulate. If you too are stressing over something that happened at your workplace for quite some time and wondering what could be the reason behind it, you probably have your answer now. Try to relax. Don’t keep your mind busy thinking about a petty issue. Take it easy! If it still doesn’t work, go and consult a gynaecologist.

Hormonal Imbalance

This one’s the most common of all. At times a woman’s levels of sex hormones go out of balance and this happens when she is suffering from a condition called PCOS i.e. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. This further result in formation of cysts on the ovaries and the process of ovulation gets restricted from occurring on a regular basis. Apart from hampering a woman’s menstrual cycle, PCOS is also responsible for adversely affecting her cardiac function, appearance and fertility. If you are also dealing with delayed periods, this could be one reason behind it. To be sure about it, consult your doctor and get your hormone levels checked.

 Intake of Birth control medicines

It may be hard for you to believe this but it is true that the intake of birth control medicines can be a reason behind your delayed periods. These pills restrict the process of ovulation in a woman’s body which further causes the periods to get lighter, less frequent or delayed. It definitely brings a change in your menstrual cycle but after a few months your cycle gets normal and you start menstruating like before. But this doesn’t mean that you are allowed to eat these medicines as many times as you wish to. Always consult your doctor before opting for hormone contraceptives like pills or injections. Apart from birth control medicines, other medicines that are responsible for causing delay in your menstrual cycle are Chemotherapy drugs, antipsychotics and antidepressants.

Weight

Your weight can be another reason why your periods are getting delayed. If you are too overweight or too underweight, you are unlikely to have your periods on time. And that’s not all, as your weight can also affect your hypothalamus, a gland in your body that is responsible for the production and regulation of the body’s essential hormones. This is why when you are underweight or dealing with a low caloric intake and extreme weight loss in a short period of time, your body doesn’t release the estrogen which is needed to build the lining of the uterus and as a result your period gets delayed or missed. On the other hand, when you are overweight or dealing with extreme weight gain in a short period of time, your body tends to produce too much estrogen which may cause the endometrial lining to overgrow and as a result you experience heavy and irregular periods. And the only way to get your periods back to normal is by gaining weight if underweight or losing weight if overweight.

Exercise

Doing work out on a regular basis is good for your health but you should not overdo it just to cut down on a few kilos. Also, when you restrict your diet to lose weight and work out excessively at the same time, your body doesn’t produce enough estrogen to complete the menstrual cycle. Most of the Professional athletes and gymnasts who indulge in excessive workout have lower estrogen levels. They deal with irregular periods. Some People also force themselves to work out through injuries, illness or severe weather conditions. This is a sign that they are overdoing it and may result in decreased physical performance in the long run.