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My periods late. They've always been irregular but now I'm worried. I'm definitly not pregnant as I'm 16 and waiting till Marriage. What's wrong with me?

By Anonymous March 28, 2010 - 8:48am
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Well, the thing is I'm quite a sensitive and quiet person and I struggle to talk about emotions and 'girl things' and I was hoping you could answer one of my questions. I find it easier to talk to someone I don't know rather than say my Mum or Sister - while I know they're always there for me, I always feel awkward.
Anyway, well my period started when I was 13 and I'm now 16. They were regular for the first year but then when we went on holiday it was late aka moved from the beginning of the month to the end. Since then it's been completely random and I can never guess when it will arrive. Also, the first day I have really painful cramps but then afterwards I'm fine, so I need to take paracetamol for them. I have to keep some with me at all times incase.

As of the last few months it's always been near the end of the month but for this month (March) I was guessing it would be arround the 20th, it's the 28th right now and I havn't had my period. I know I'm not pregnant because I'm waiting until I'm married to have sex and I really don't know why it's a no show appart from maybe stress.

Anyone please reply. I'm really nervous somethings wrong and could use some friendly advice.


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Will do! Thank you :)


March 30, 2010 - 12:26pm

Hey Guys,

Great news … It’s arrived!
I’m so relieved, and I had decided it’s probably just changing around and stress induced. I really appreciate your advice and help - it’s kept me sane while I waited! J

Thanks once again, you’re all amazing!


March 29, 2010 - 2:28pm
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So glad to hear that it came and that you're fine (and relieved!). And you're right, stress is a major factor in our hormones, which totally affect our cycle.

Take care, and come back anytime you have a question about anything, all right?

March 30, 2010 - 9:21am

Hi Star-94-- Welcome to EmpowHer!

As Melissa said, many factors affect our periods. I just wanted to point out that you being 16 makes you particularly vulnerable to irregular periods. MANY teens go through years of irregular periods before they regulate on their own and rest assured that this is COMPLETELY normal. If you want more information on the subject, visit this site-- it is a great resource for teen girls:


Hope that helps and please don't be shy to ask questions, we are all here to help! :-)

Best Wishes

March 28, 2010 - 12:52pm
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Your welcome Star, I am glad you joined our site. We will try to help you with any questions you may have. We look forward to your update. Welcome to EmpowHer!

March 28, 2010 - 10:18am

Thanks so much! I feel like a weight's been lifted from my shoulders. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer.
From what you've said it's probably stress. I havn't had the best month at school.
I'll keep you updated and let you know when it arrives.

Thanks again.

March 28, 2010 - 9:34am
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Hi L.A.,

There is no need to worry, this is a common thing with women. Your period can be affected by stress, weight loss, exercise or maybe for no reason at all. There is no clear indication as to why sometimes we miss our periods, it just is.

You shouldn't really be too concerned unless you miss your period for three months. If that is the case, you should seek physicians assistance. They can prescribe you medication that will force your period to start and then you usually go back to a regular cycle. Most physicians may also prescribe you the birth control pill also to try and regulate your period (even if your not sexually active).

As for the cramping feelings, welcome to womanhood. This also is all common and many women suffer from the cramps. Cramps are caused by shedding the inside layer of your uterus, then your ovaries squeeze and contract. This causes the blood to push out, causing cramps. Once your period starts, this pressure is usually relived and you feel better. Again, this is all common.

I hope this information helps you. Could you kindly keep us updated?

March 28, 2010 - 9:18am
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