It’s pure panic when we miss a period. We start looking at the calendar and counting the days from our last period.  But slow down.  There may be other reasons why you might have missed your period or it is late besides pregnancy.  But before we do get into other causes, it is always recommended to take a pregnancy test just to be sure. And if you are not pregnant, here are some common reasons why aunt flow didn’t pay you a visit.

  1.  Stress. That’s right. Stress can wreak havoc on your body including your period. Stress can cause a hormonal balance by messing with a part of your brain called the hypothalamus that regulates your hormones causing you to miss a period or two. Relax, which is easier said than done.  Focus on self-care and your mental health and learn new ways to cope with stress and stress relieving techniques.
  2. Birth control.  One of the benefits of birth control besides preventing unplanned pregnancies is that it can improve our periods. When used as directed, it can decrease the number of days you bleed, improve cramping and pain associated with your periods and reduce the flow.  Some birth control may even stop your flow. As long as you are using the birth control as directed there is no need to panic.
  3. Changes in Weight. Extreme weight loss from not eating or excessive exercising can cause a hormonal imbalance, stop ovulation and resulting in missed periods. Excessively low body weight, low body fat, and high energy expenditure can be contributing factors.

If you miss three or more periods in a row, you should see your doctor. Your doctor may do some blood tests, a pelvic exam and get an ultrasound to help determine the cause and treatment. If you are worried about missed or irregular periods, you should keep track of your periods and associated symptoms with an app. This information will help your doctor diagnose the cause and determine the right treatment.