One thing every single lady get scared of is not seeing her red sisters (period) at the right time. A missed/delayed period should be taken seriously especially if you have engaged in activities that could get you pregnant. A home pregnancy test is done a week after the due date of your expected period to check if the missed/delayed period is as a result of pregnancy. If after the test, a negative pregnancy test is obtained, then, other factors that could be responsible for a delayed period should be looked into.
Below are some of the factors that could be responsible for a delayed period.
– Hormonal imbalance
STRESS: when the body is stressed, it can have a number of unpleasant effects like headache, acne and fatigue on the body. Too much stress can impair the hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls hormone regulation). When the body is under stress (either physical or emotional), the body responds by releasing the stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). Elevated levels cause an increase in the flow of blood to the muscle and oxygen levels to the lungs. Other bodily systems e.g. the reproductive system, digestive system could slow down or in more extreme conditions, stop temporarily. When there is a delay in the reproductive cycle, so also is your period.
MEDICATIONS: The most common type of medication that could cause changes in the menstrual cycle is the birth control pill. This pill works by preventing the body from ovulating and no ovulation means no period. Sometimes, the birth control pill suppresses the hormones such that you have light bleeding or no period at all
HORMONAL IMBALANCE: A condition in which the hormones do not function properly or are out of balance. An example of this is the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). It causes cysts on the ovaries thereby preventing ovulation which can cause a missed/delayed period.
INFECTION/STD: when not properly treated, infection can cause a delayed period. An example is the Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is a sexually transmitted disease but in some cases, as a result of an infection which was not properly treated. It’s characterized by abdominal/belly pain, fever, fatigue/tiredness. However, with proper treatment and medical counsel, your period is most likely to surface after about two weeks.
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