Physical stress such as illnesses can delay the menstrual period, according the Summit Medical Group. Rapid weight loss or weight gain can also interrupt menstrual cycles.Know More
According the Summit Medical Group, a period isn’t considered delayed until a woman’s menstrual cycle has been delayed five or more days. After six or more weeks, the period is missed. In addition to illness, many conditions can cause a delayed menstrual cycle. For example, mental stress, pregnancy and hormonal imbalance may interrupt the cycle.
Women with late periods should see a physician if they experience abdominal pains or vaginal discharge. Women should also seek medical attention if their period stops for more than 90 days or if their periods become more than 35 days apart, suggests Mayo Clinic.Learn more about Menstruation
Some types of birth control pills shorten a woman's menstrual period and reduce the menstrual flow, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Other types can stop periods entirely.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, a missed menstrual period commonly indicates pregnancy. If pregnancy isn't the cause, then it can be due to weight gain or loss, eating disorders, emotional stress, illness, increased exercise, travel, hormone problems, breastfeeding, birth control or illegal drug use.Full Answer >
According to Mayo Clinic, cramps develop during a woman's menstrual period when the uterus contracts to shed its lining. Hormone-like substances called prostaglandins trigger these contractions, and women with higher levels of prostaglandins tend to have stronger menstrual cramps. Menstrual cramps can also develop due to multiple health conditions, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical stenosis or adenomyosis.Full Answer >
According to HealthCentral, experiencing more stress than usual is a common reason for woman to have a late or missed menstrual period. High stress levels can cause ovulation to not occur or to be delayed, and not ovulating can result in a missed period.Full Answer >