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I'm 18 years old and my period is 4 days late

By Anonymous August 24, 2016 - 8:50pm
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I started having periods when I was 12. Looking over the past two years (as I can't find any later data) my period arrives on an average of every 5 weeks, and lasts about 5 days. The shortest time between periods has been 4 weeks and 2 days, and the longest time between periods has been 5 weeks and 3 days.

On a very rare occasion, it was like my body "glitched", and I got my period 6 weeks after the last - and during the week I was expecting it, I was very depressed.

My periods and PMS symptoms are never that bad - I get a few pimples, then a couple days later I feel emotional/sensitive, and then up to maybe a week later I get my period along with cramping on the first couple of days.

I'm relatively healthy, I think last time I checked I have a BMI of 18-20, so I'm more likely to be underweight than overweight. Also, I grew a couple inches this year and gained a couple of kilos, so clearly, my body is still developing, so I wouldn't be too surprised if my hormones are just settling themselves.

My period was (roughly) due 4 days ago, on the Sunday. As I said, sometimes it arrives before this date, and sometimes a few days after.

However, 4 days is the latest I've ever had (apart from two years ago when my period was a week late). I am sexually active, not currently on any contraception apart from condoms and admittedly the pull-out method. I actually have an appointment for next week to have a copper IUD inserted, so my boyfriend and I have been extra careful during sex for the past 3 weeks (I think we only used the pull-out method once). We also always check the condom after sex to make sure it has not broken (it never has). I also had to do a urinal and vaginal swab/test to check for any infections or STD's for the IUD, and it was negative (which I expected, as my boyfriend was tested before we had sex).

My last period arrived 4 weeks and 2 days after the one before, so that was a bit early, not unusual though. However, it lasted for 7 days, which surprised me.

Also, I experienced my PMS symptoms two weeks ago - I got pimples one day, and the next I was emotional. However, I felt depressed (like I had that one time before) instead of my usual emotional/sensitiveness. It only lasted a day, but it was still more full-on than usual.

So, I was kind of expecting my period to be sometime last week, 4 weeks after my last period. However by the start of this week when it hadn't arrived, I was starting to get worried.

I have anxiety, and I've had it since I was 11. I don't think it's ever interfered with my periods before though.

However, on Monday, the day after I estimated my period would arrive, I went to play sport and I felt nauseous and I had a dizzy spell. I didn't feel the nausea from my stomach or anything, I felt it in the back of my throat/mouth. It may have been because I had not slept enough, I had not eaten lunch, and I had not exercised for a while before I played sort that day.

The dizziness could have also been because of the above, and maybe I stood up too quickly. Anyway, I had a panic attack because I was scared I was either pregnant, dying, or both. The next day, Tuesday, I had another panic attack.

I haven't had any panic attacks in the past two days, but I have felt anxious and I still haven't had enough sleep.

If my period isn't here by this weekend, I will get a pregnancy test. I really hope I am not pregnant. The only sign I could be pregnant is that my period is 4 days late - I don't "feel" pregnant. My boobs are normal (one is bigger than the other so I when I checked and saw one of them was quite "perky" I freaked out but then realised the other was normal, and remembered that one has always been bigger than the other xD)

I have no cramping, no pain, no sickness apart from the day I tried to play sport, my taste and smell is the same, I do have gas but that's because of my anxiety, I don't have any pain/irritation in my vagina, I still have a sexual appetite and when my boyfriend and I tried to have sex yesterday, I wasn't tight or dry.

I should also mention that every time my period is due to arrive, I can always "feel" it coming. I don't mean I get cramps or anything, just this feeling in my abdomen or whatever that I have associated with my periods. It's a feeling that's basically impossible to describe, but I know I feel it when my period is coming.

So, I'm sorry this paragraph is so long, but I had to provide all the details. Now that I've wrote this out and recognised that my last period was kind of irregular and so were my PMS symptoms a couple of weeks ago, and I've been careful during sex, I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't be too worried. But I have anxiety, so here I am.

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HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon!

Thanks for your post!

Periods are generally 3-7 days long with a cycle of between 21-35 days so as you can see there is a big "average" there.

Life can also change our cycles - anything from lifestyle changes to stress to getting older to diet/exercise, medications and hormone changes can affect our cycle. You will probably settle back down to a regular cycle and it could last for years. Then you might see changes again.
So our cycle at 13 is different to 18 and our cycles at 30 are different at 45. The body never changes so our cycles are the same way.

I hope this helps to ease your mind. Feel free to mention this to your doctor on your next visit if you still have worries.

Good luck with your test this weekend, I'm sure you'll be fine although it's important to note that the pull out method is not reliable when your cycle is not very regular.

August 25, 2016 - 6:13am
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