Why Your Period Is Two Weeks Late

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The menstrual cycle occurs in all females from the onset of puberty (average age 11 or 12 years) and continues until the menopause at middle age. Each month, the uterus develops a deep, cushioned wall, ready to receive a fertilized embryo.

If pregnancy doesn’t take place, this cushioned lining is shed via vaginal bleeding.

Menstrual periods last anywhere from two to seven days and the average cycle is once every 28 days, although it can vary. Anywhere between 24 and 35 days is considered a normal cycle.

If your cycle is usually regular and you’re suddenly late having your period, it can be a worry.

Causes of late periods are:

• Pregnancy
Sexually active women could be pregnant and it is in fact often the first sign that a woman is pregnant. By two weeks late, all home pregnancy tests should be able to detect HCG, the pregnancy hormone, in your urine.

In fact, most can detect it the day your period was due and some of the newer, early detection tests can test positive a few days before you would have had your period!

• Stress
If you’ve had a busy schedule or a family trauma, it can delay your period. Ironically, if you’ve had unprotected sex and are worrying about the possibility of pregnancy, the stress can stop your period and make you think you’re pregnant when you’re not.

• Just beginning to have periods
If you are a pre-teen or teenager who has just started menstruating, it is normal to have late periods or even to skip a few altogether because it can take your body several months to get into the rhythm of it.

• Weight loss
If you have suddenly lost a lot of weight through dieting, this can delay or stop your period. People with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa often cease to menstruate.

Even if you don’t have a specific eating disorder, a healthy diet is required for a healthy cycle. If you eat a lot of junk food, this could impact on your periods, so make sure you have plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and grains in your diet.

• Other medical conditions
Conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (cysts on the ovaries) can cause light periods that are irregular or stop altogether.

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EmpowHER Guest

Hello, this article is very helpful, but if possible could you change the sentence "The menstrual cycle occurs in all females from the onset of puberty" because not all females do. There are several reasons for a girl to not get her period at all (one of which being trans), so please keep those girls in mind.

July 21, 2015 - 12:28am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This information refers to those genetically born female. Girls or women who were born with all the organs that allow you to menstruate and carry a child. Vagina, Cervix, Ovaries, Fallopian tubes etc. I understand that there are people who feel they are born in the wrong body and consider themselves female but the fact is if you were born with a penis, you can't menstruate nor do you have the ability to carry a pregnancy. It's like someone has already said, we know things are different these days but there are certain situations even society can't change. It's nothing personal or a dig at anyone, it's just simple genetics and a fact of life.

September 30, 2015 - 7:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think what she is talking about is a woman who doesn't have x y chromosomes...a genetically born woman. As much as people think there isn't a difference these days, there are certain things even society can't change.

September 25, 2015 - 8:23am
EmpowHER Guest

I was due for my period July 1st, and when it still hadn't come by the 5th I started to panic. I took a first response pregnancy test and the result was negative. 5 more days went by before I got my period. My periods have usually been predictable and consistent with light cramping but this past period was the worst I'd ever experienced and I had every symptom. Still curious about this.

July 16, 2015 - 12:08pm
EmpowHER Guest

My last period was on May 15 I haven't started I have done 10 test and no I'm not pregnant since today is July 6 I haven't started my period I don't know what should I do please help me out...

July 6, 2015 - 7:45pm
EmpowHER Guest

My period is due this week according to my calendar. I am not sexually active but last week I let a guy finger me (not sure if he touched himself before touching me). I have been having heart burns (not frequently tho), no swollen/tender breast, no cramping, been really stressed at work and I don't have a regular sleeping habit.
Please what do you advise?

June 22, 2015 - 2:58am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You're probably not pregnant, sometimes worrying stresses you out more and may cause more of a delay . If you don't get it in a few days you can always take a pregnancy test , I would wait a week.

June 24, 2015 - 6:57am

i had my period on april 4th saturday. i did have intercourse on april 11th(so a week after period) Later on approaching my period which was may 2nd (28 day cycle) my period didn't come. I wasn't worried but there were no signs of my period coming and pretty soon it was a week late. i did not take a pregnancy test bc i was scared. My period the past two cycles has came exactly on time. boom another week goes by( by this point it was may 16th!!) i was 2 weeks late and my period should have came may 2nd! My boobs were super big and was constipated! that day on may 16th i had walked so much on the boardwalk a good 2 hours maybe. Next day, my period showed up! I was so relieved. i don't know if it had anything to do with the walking because i don't do ANY exercise . So if anyones worried about their late period maybe its just one of those cycles! but if you want to know for sure take a test! :)

May 25, 2015 - 12:07pm
EmpowHER Guest

My cycle started 5 days late in March it didn't show up at all in April but now its been 14 days after my normal date it shows upup tdy and I'm cramping worse than normal idk what this means cause I'm normally pretty regular but i have been sexually active is this sign of pregnancy or something else could someone please help me

May 4, 2015 - 4:31am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been sexually active the past month and my menses
Has delayed. Am still having cramps but no sore breast . The
Pregnancy strip is positive . I am stressed also . Am I really pregnant

May 2, 2015 - 11:01pm
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