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Late cycle (54 days)

By Anonymous January 14, 2019 - 4:04pm
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My name's Melody, I am 20 y/o & a virgin.
My period was late all December. It usually comes mid-month, lasts 4 days-ish and always comes on time. Always, I mean, till now.
I haven't been this late in three years, maybe. It has, since senior year, been quite persistent.
(I am not on the pill due to a blood issue)
These past two months I have had a major lifestyle change: from having a mon-fri nine-five job for over two years, to basically being home all day, not really leaving the house and having a really weird sleep schedule. Basically, all changing, all over the place.

Should I be worried about the missing period? Does it sound suspicious-ish? Obviously, I couldn't be pregnant but does it sound like a hormonal disorder?
Please reply :)
Have a nice week

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Hello Melody

Thank you for writing!

So we can, as you mentioned, take pregnancy out of the equation. There are many reasons for a delayed period or a change in cycles that is not connected to pregnancy. A few reasons include:

When you are under stress, your brain may go into alert mode, which can change your hormone levels, as well as affecting when you ovulate.
Ovulation is the time when your ovaries release a mature egg that is ready to be fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized, and does not implant in the wall of your uterus, your hormone levels change, and your uterus cleans itself out to get ready for a new cycle for the next month. That cleansing process is your period.
If you are stressed, you may ovulate later than normal, or not at all one month, which can delay or cancel your period for that month.

Since your lifestyle had changed quite a lot, this could be a cause.

Hormone issues
Hormones are chemical messengers sent out by your brain to regulate many different functions in your body, including your period. Hormones need to be in proper balance for your body to function correctly.
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that causes your body to produce too much of the male hormone androgen. PCOS can cause cysts to form on your ovaries, which can prevent ovulation and keep you from having your period on time, or at all.

Problems with your thyroid can cause the gland to release too much or too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid imbalance can also affect when you have your period. In this case, medicine to help your body have the right amount of thyroid hormone can get your periods back to normal.

Medical Conditions
Some medical conditions can also affect your period. Diabetes that is poorly controlled can make your period irregular. Celiac disease, which causes inflammation in the intestine, can affect your nutrition and can also make your period late.
Other diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, tuberculosis and liver disease can affect your period.

Some medications can make your period late or cause you to miss periods entirely. These include antidepressants, antipsychotics, or corticosteroids.

It's advisable to talk to your doctor about your cycle. Some scans or blood tests can let you know more.

I hope this has helped!


January 14, 2019 - 7:46pm
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