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June 12, 2012, last updated May 2, 2014

By Alex Elson, Contributing Columnist and Susan Callahan,
Associate Editor
[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our Editorial Board, which
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Registered Nurses and Certified fitness professionals]




You’re late for your period.  For most sexually active women
a late period means one of two things: “We did it!” or,
“What did we do?”

But a late period doesn’t always mean you’re pregnant.

In fact, according to women’s health organization Epigee,
"oligomenorrhea", or irregular periods, affect about 30% of
women in their reproductive years. And amenorrhea, or the
absence of menstruation not caused by pregnancy, will
happen to almost every woman at one point in her life. What
causes a late period, other than pregnancy? Are there
medical reasons for a late period that have nothing to do
with being pregnant?

Having an Irregular Period Is Fairly Common

But first, lets de-construct the term “regular period.” Every
woman is different, and while the conventional period is said
to last for 28 days, different balances of hormones produce
different results. Periods can occur anywhere from every 20
days, to every 35 days, depending on a variety of factors
that include age, sexual activity and hormonal balance.

So a “regular period,” in the conventional sense, is no more
regular than you or I  --- a period is just as unique as the
person who has it. So if you happen to miss a period you
need not fret.

Instead, read this list before the tears start rolling in (be
they for joy or woe) and discover what exactly (other than a
bun in the oven) can cause a late period.

Top 10 Reasons for Late Period Other Than Pregnancy


























1. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – According to a 2012
study conducted by the Child Development Center at Medical
College in Kerala, India,
PCOS is a leading cause of
menstrual irregularity. Using a sample population of girls
between 15 and 17 years of age who had reported
menstrual irregularity and had not previously been examined
for PCOS, researches found that nearly 60% of all subjects
did indeed have PCOS.

PCOS is the most serious (though by no means the most
common) cause of a late period. In some cases simple
treatments such as weight loss, oral contraceptives, or
ovulation inducing drugs are all that is needed. In more
serious cases surgical therapy could be required. (Read more
about
PCOS and which diet is best for dealing with it.)



2.
Stress Can Make Your Period Late – In study conducted in
June and December of 2003, The Washington University
Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology examined the impact of
stress on menstruation in a population of newly incarcerated
women. Amenorrhea was reported in 9% of cases while
menstrual irregularity occurred in over 30% of newly
incarcerated women. Stress, among other factors, was
considered by the researchers to be one of the leading
causes.

If you're stressed, try drinking chamomile tea and taking
omega-3 fish oil pills if you are stressed out.  (Read more
about
foods that reduce stress.)


3.
Extra Weight Wreaks Havoc with Your Period– A study
conducted at the Menzies Research Institute of the
University of Tasmania, Australia in May of 2009 showed that
obese women were
twice as likely as their ‘normal weight’
counterparts to have menstrual irregularity. Key factors in
the difference between obese and ‘normal weight’
participants were hormonal differences, particularly insulin
and sex hormone-binding globulin.

This study examined 726 Australian women between the
ages of 26 and 36.  In addition to finding that your weight
affects your risk for having irregular periods, teh study
separately found that carrying extra "central weight" --
meaning your waist line --is strongly linked with irregular
periods.


4.
Contraceptives Can Throw Your Period Off – Again,
tampering with the hormonal balance of the body will disrupt
menstruation. According to a study conducted in 2011 by
the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Aga Khan
University Hospital in Kenya, certain contraceptives, such as
"depot medroxyprogesterone acetate", change the regularity
of your period in up to 30% of women.

Other pills, while advertising the maintenance of a regular
period, adjust the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the
body and can often result in a late or delayed period.


5.
Breastfeeding Can Make You Late– In a very interesting
study in March of 2012 conducted by the Nnamdi Azikiwe
University Teaching Hospital Department of Pediatrics in
Nigeria, the impact of breastfeeding on amenorrhea was
examined. In the culture studied, many women used
prolonged breastfeeding as a type of contraceptive.

The belief was that prolonged breastfeeding resulted in
menstrual irregularity and a lower likeliness of pregnancy
upon resumption of post-natal sexual activity. The study
showed that there was more prolonged “lactational
amenorrhea” in mothers who exclusively breast-fed their
baby than mothers who did not.



6.  
Hypothyroidism (and other thyroid diseases) Disrupt
Your Period
– An underactive thyroid can disrupt your
menstrual period. This thyroid disease was once thought to
have devastating impacts on menstrual regularity.

A study conducted in 2010 by the Center for Excellence in
Thyroid Care in Kobe, Japan showed that while thyroid
disease did result in amenorrhea in 2.5% of patients, mild or
moderate hypothyroidism affected less than 1% of patients.

Severe hypothyroidism, on the other hand, resulted in
menstrual disturbances in almost 35% of women. While the
overall results were slightly less shocking than researchers
originally expected, hypothyroidism, in its varying degrees of
severity, impacts menstruation. (Read more about
underactive thyroid and natural remedies that help.)



7.
Diabetes Can Cause Late Periods

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